Uli Jon Roth
Uli Jon Roth is a German guitarist, who became famous as Scorpions' lead guitarist, is one of the earliest contributors to the neoclassical metal genre. He is the founder of Sky Academy and inventor of the Sky Guitar, he is the older brother of artist Zeno Roth. In the early 1970s, Roth formed. In 1973, guitarist Michael Schenker left the Scorpions to join UFO; the two remaining Scorpions members, Rudolf Schenker and Klaus Meine merged with the four members of Dawn Road, using the name Scorpions as they were more well known than Dawn Road. During his tenure as lead guitarist, main songwriter and occasional lead singer for the Scorpions, the band released four studio albums between 1974 and 1977. In 1978, the Scorpions released the live album Tokyo Tapes, recorded in Japan and sold nearly one million copies and went gold in several countries. However, Roth had left the band in 1978 following the end of the Taken by Force tour and before the Tokyo Tapes release. Roth formed; the first, was dedicated to the spirit of Jimi Hendrix.
A second album released two years Fire Wind, was dedicated to Anwar Sadat, featured a song called "Enola Gay" about the atomic bombing of Japan by a Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber of that name, named after Enola Gay Tibbets, the mother of the pilot, Colonel Paul Tibbets. In 1985, Roth released his third and final Electric Sun album, Beyond the Astral Skies, dedicated to Martin Luther King and to Roth's fans; that album featured ex-Jethro Tull drummer Clive Bunker, on timpani. After Electric Sun, Roth entered a new phase of creative work, composing four symphonies and two concertos, sometimes performing with symphony orchestras throughout Europe. Roth used the name "Uli Jon Roth" for all concert appearances; the G3 European tour of 1998 featured Roth playing with Michael Schenker. The tour show at London Wembley Arena featured a jam with Brian May. Roth played at the outdoor rock festival at Castle Donington in 2001, this was filmed and subsequently released on DVD. Roth appeared in concert with the Scorpions onstage at the Wacken Open Air Festival in 2006 along with two other former members of the band.
Billed as "A Night To Remember, A Journey Through Time", the Scorpions played four songs from the Roth era, most of which they hadn’t played live since Roth had left in 1978. The concert was filmed and released on DVD. Although this was meant to be a "one night only" special event, its success meant that the format was repeated on several tours afterwards. On 2 June 2007 at the Rock am Ring festival in Germany, Roth joined The Smashing Pumpkins on stage for their epic closing song "Gossamer", he made another appearance with the Pumpkins upon their return to Germany on 26 February 2008. In 2007, Roth had begun working on a new full-length studio album, to be released the following year; the title of the album would be "Under A Dark Sky" and was going to be the first official release in the long-awaited series of Symphonic Legends – a cycle of music written by Uli for his all-encompassing Sky of Avalon project. Roth debuted songs from "Under A Dark Sky" on 18 July 2008 in his headline set at the G-TARanaki Guitar Festival in New Zealand, Roth's debut concert in the country.
In the week previous Roth had taken his "Sky Academy" tuition classes to regional Taranaki towns in Waitara and Opunake with guests Vernon Reid and Gilby Clarke. "Under A Dark Sky" was released in Japan on 20 August 2008 via Marquee records. The European and USA releases followed a month on 20 September 2008 on the SPV record label. In early 2015, Uli Jon Roth released a 2-CD studio album entitled Scorpions Revisited recorded in 2014 in Hannover, Germany, in which Roth revisited his personal favourites from the early Scorpions period; this CD was successful and led to a world tour by Uli with a full electric rock band. Following the success of this tour, Uli led a tour called The Ultimate Guitar Experience with fellow guitarists Jennifer Batten and Andy Timmons; this tour was met by critical acclaim. Without much rest, Uli soon thereafter embarked on another world tour, this time playing The Tokyo Tapes, songs from the Scorpions 1978 tour of Japan and ensuing live album. In December 2016, a double CD and Blu-ray/DVD were released of a concert Uli and his band played in Japan in 2015 commemorating the anniversary of The Tokyo Tapes.
In March, 2017, Roth concluded a short, but successful North American tour, highlighting songs from both Scorpions Revisted and Tokyo Tapes. In the 1980s, Roth commissioned construction of custom guitars with additional frets from luthier Andreas Demetriou. Roth has had five of these "Sky" guitars made. To be able to emulate the high notes of a violin, all of the Sky Guitars contain extra frets; the first Sky Guitar has 30 frets. Versions of the Sky Guitar overcame the problem of the higher register frets becoming too narrow by widening the frets by whole steps for the highest notes. In an April 2001 Guitar Player magazine interview, Roth reports that the guitars are either fretless above the 30th fret or have whole step fret spacing above the 27th fret, with 35 effective frets. All of the Sky guitars with frets have scalloped fretboards; the Sky guitar's pickups are custom 4-coil humbuckers made by John Oram, with one guitar havin
Aviator (Aviator album)
Aviator was the debut album by rock band Aviator. Released in early 1979, Aviator was co-produced by the band and Robin Lumley from the British jazz-fusion band, Brand X; the studio album was released with a total run time of 43:32. All tracks composed by Aviator "Your Loving is My Home" "Keep Your Heart Right" "Evil Eye" "Time Traveller" "Silver Needles" "Cleveland Ohio" "Country Morning" "Greed" "Morning Journey" Jack Lancaster - synthesizer, lyricon Mick Roger - guitar, vocals John G. Perry - bass Clive Bunker - drums, percussion
Martin Lancelot Barre is an English rock musician best known for his work with progressive rock band Jethro Tull, with whom he recorded and toured from their second album in 1969 to the band's initial dissolution in 2012. In the early 1990s he went solo, has recorded four studio albums and made several guest appearances, he has played the flute and other instruments such as the mandolin, both on stage for Jethro Tull and in his own solo work. Martin Barre was born in Kings Heath, England on 17 November 1946, his father was an engineer. In grammar school Barre played flute; when Barre bought his first guitar his father gave him albums by Barney Kessel, Johnny Smith and Wes Montgomery to broaden his musical perspectives. In college he studied architecture at Lanchester Polytechnic for three years, but did not complete his studies after failing Spanish and Atomic Science, subjects that he found to have little to do with designing buildings. After designing a road junction in Birmingham, England, he decided that a career in architecture was too boring, switched to music.
In 1966 he moved to London with his friend, Chris Rodger, who had played saxophone in their previous band, "The Moonrakers." In London Barre and Rodger got an audition for a band called "The Noblemen", looking for two saxophonists. Barre bought a tenor saxophone and after two days of practice was able to bluff his way through the audition; the band subsequently changed its name to "The Motivation" and backed visiting soul artists such as the Coasters, the Drifters and Lee Dorsey. The band evolved through several musical styles from Soul to R&B to Pop, in 1967 changed its name to "The Penny Peeps." By this time Barre was playing lead guitar. As "The Penny Peeps" the band released two singles in 1968, "Little Man With a Stick" backed by "Model Village", "I See the Morning" backed with "Curly, Knight of the Road". In mid-1968 they became a blues band called "Gethsemane" and played in pubs all over England with Barre playing guitar and flute; when Gethsemane and the band Jethro Tull played at a blues club called the Van Dyke in Plymouth, the members of the two bands got acquainted.
Four months while Gethsemane was playing in London and about to break up because of lack of money, Jethro Tull's manager, Terry Ellis, sent his card up from the audience asking Barre to audition for Jethro Tull. The audition did not go well. Barre was so nervous that he played. Barre arranged a second audition; this time he was offered the job. He spent the Christmas holidays of 1968 learning material, to become the album “Stand Up”. On the first album that Barre recorded with Jethro Tull, Stand Up, he said that he was: "terrified because I had just joined the band, it showed a change in direction for the band and when it was accepted and became a successful album, we gained a lot of confidence. We extended that confidence into the making of Benefit, in which we were a lot more at ease." On the next album, the world success Aqualung, Martin was more confident, stating that in the recording: "Everybody had input into the making of the album."In the following period, his solos blended virtuosity with classical music, like on Minstrel in the Gallery, where the opening track has a four-minute solo, or his piece "Conundrum" and "Quatrain" in Bursting Out.
Martin declared that much of the material from Jethro Tull catalogue was written by himself and Ian Anderson, with Ian getting the credit for writing the lyrics and having the initial idea for the music, which: "then I, or someone else in the band, contribute parts to it." There are two albums where he is credited for having put "additional material," both classics Songs from the Wood and Heavy Horses, which Martin has stated to be two of the albums which show his best playing. Curiously, his favourite album in Jethro Tull is the most controversial of the band's career, Under Wraps, which contains two tracks co-authored by him. On his work with Jethro Tull, Martin stated: "I’m quite pleased with my playing on Crest of a Knave, me, Ian and Dave Pegg working in the studio for two months, so I had ample time to put a lot of myself into that album." He is credited in only another two tracks of Jethro Tull albums: "Hot Mango Flush," from J-Tull Dot Com and "Winter Snowscape" from The Jethro Tull Christmas Album.
For his contribution to Jethro Tull music, Martin stated: "I've done pieces on albums. Sometimes it's a riff. I don't mind taking a small role in the writing, a larger input into the arrangement and playing."About the end of his involvement in Tull, Barre stated in 2015 that "It's important that people realize there will never be a Jethro Tull again. There will be two solo bands: the Ian Anderson Band and the Martin Barre Band, long may they exist, long may they enjoy playing music. I'm not being pedantic. I always hate to hear, "Oh, you've left Jethro Tull." I haven't really. Ian wanted to finish Jethro Tull, wanted to stop the band completely."When Anderson reunited Jethro Tull in 2017 for their 50th anniversary tour, Barre was not asked to return. On one track of 1994's A Trick of Memory, Barre plays a guitar given to him by friend Mark Mancina. On the album, King Crimson alumnus Mel Collins plays the saxophone, Fairport Convention's Maartin Allcock and Ric Sanders appear on a couple of tracks, Andy Giddings plays Hammond organ.
According to the AllMusic review: "the dominant sound is Barre's guitars, crunching, grinding, or noodling either blues or English folk tunes," to the reviewer, the album is "a decent debut album." A Summer Band was released on
Turbulence (Aviator album)
Turbulence is the second and last album by rock band Aviator. All tracks composed by Aviator.
Robin Leonard Trower is an English rock guitarist and vocalist who achieved success with Procol Harum during the 1960s, again as the bandleader of his own power trio known as Robin Trower. Robin Trower was born in Catford, but grew up in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. In 1962, he formed a group that became The Paramounts including Westcliff High School pupil Gary Brooker; the Paramounts disbanded in 1966 to pursue individual projects. During this time, Trower created. Trower joined Brooker's new band Procol Harum following the success of their debut single "A Whiter Shade of Pale" in 1967, remaining with them until 1971 and appearing on the group's first five albums. Before launching his eponymous band, he joined singer Frankie Miller, ex-Stone the Crows bassist/singer James Dewar, former Jethro Tull drummer Clive Bunker to form the short-lived combo Jude; this outfit soon split up. Trower retained Dewar as his bassist, who took on lead vocals as well, recruited drummer Reg Isidore to form the Robin Trower Band in 1973.
Trower's most famous album is Bridge of Sighs. This album, along with his first and third solo albums, was produced by his former Procol Harum bandmate, organist Matthew Fisher. Despite differences, Trower's early power trio work. Trower is an influential guitarist who has inspired other guitar legends such as Robert Fripp, who praised him for his bends and the quality of his sounds, took lessons from him. In the early 1980s, Trower teamed up with former Cream bassist Jack Bruce and his previous drummers Lordan and Isidore, for two albums, BLT and Truce. After those albums, he released another album with James Dewar on vocals titled Back It Up in 1983. Robin Trower was dropped from Chrysalis Records afterwards. Trower was a part of the Night of the Guitars II European tour in 1991, organised by Sting and The Police manager Miles Copeland; the tour featured Ronnie Montrose, Rick Derringer, Saga's Ian Crichton, Dave Sharman, Jan Akkerman and Laurie Wisefield. Thirteen albums Trower's album, Living Out of Time, featured the return of veteran bandmates Dave Bronze on bass, vocalist Davey Pattison and Pete Thompson on drums—the same line-up as the mid-1980s albums Passion and Take What You Need.
With the same bandmates, Trower gave a concert on his 60th birthday in Germany. The concert was recorded by the German television channel WDR, it was released on DVD and subsequently on CD throughout Europe and the US under the title Living Out of Time: Live. Trower toured the United States and Canada in the summer and autumn of 2006. In 2007, Trower released a third recording with Jack Bruce, Seven Moons, featuring Gary Husband on drums. A 2008 world tour began in Ft. Pierce, Florida on 16 January 2008. Joining Davey Pattison and Pete Thompson was Glenn Letsch playing bass. European dates began in April; the show of 29 March 2008 at the Royal Oak Music Theater in Royal Oak, Michigan was released as a double album on V12 Records. Trower has described James Brown as his "big hero" Brown's early work "where blues is crossing over into rock and roll". In 2016, he enjoyed a successful tour of the USA. On 20 March 2018, Robin Trower played a show at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, Maryland.
Ten minutes after playing back to back songs "Day of The Eagle" and "Bridge of Sighs", he announced on his microphone that he wasn't feeling well, handed his guitar to a stage crew, walked backstage and collapsed. He was transported by ambulance to the hospital for treatment. During a tour with Jethro Tull, Robin Trower arrived early for a sound check and found Martin Barre's Fender Stratocaster propped up against an amplifier. Trower picked up the guitar, plugged it in, with a shout which resounded around the auditorium he yelled, "This is it!". "I switched to Strat" he says. "Up to I had been playing Les Pauls." Since Trower has been an ongoing proponent of the Fender Stratocaster. He uses his custom-built Strat which comes in black, arctic white and midnight wine burst; the guitar is equipped with a 1950s reissue pick-up in the neck position, a 1960s reissue in the middle position, a Texas Special at the bridge. Other features included a custom C-shaped maple neck featuring a large headstock with a Bullet truss-rod system, locking machine heads and a maple fingerboard with narrow-spaced abalone dot position inlays and 21 frets.
The Strats he plays live are an exact model of his signature guitar, unmodified. For his first two albums, his guitar was tuned in Standard Tuning EADGBE. Starting from the third album, he detuned the strings a semitone to an Eb Tuning, it is reported that during live performances, his guitar is tuned a full step down to a DGCFAD tuning. Trower uses between three 100-watt Marshall heads with four to six cabinets on stage. While he uses two JCM 800s and a JCM 900, he links 100-watt Marshall Plexi heads. In studio sessions, Trower uses a mix of amplifiers, such as a Fender Blues Junior and Cornell Plexi Amplifers models to acquire different tonality. Trower has been using Marshall Vintage Modern 2466 heads live, he has been using Fulltone pedals and effects. He favours the OCD, Distortion Pro, Fat Boost, CLYDE Deluxe Wah, Deja Vibe 2, Soul-Bender, a BOSS Chromatic Tuner, he runs his Deja Vibe into his distortion pedal to get his
Beyond the Astral Skies
Beyond the Astral Skies is the third and final album by Electric Sun. It was released in 1985 on EMI. All songs composed by Uli Jon Roth"The Night the Master Comes" - 4:16 "What Is Love?" - 3:24 "Why?" - 4:51 "I'll Be There" - 5:02 "Return" - 3:27 "Icebreaker" - 2:39 "I'm a River" - 4:45 "Angel of Peace" - 3:43 "Eleison" - 6:56 "Son of Sky" - 2:21 Michael Flexig - Lead vocals on 2, 6, 9, 10, harmony vocals on 1-4, 6-10 Uli Jon Roth - Lead & Backing vocals, keyboards, bass Nicky Moore - Harmony vocals on 1 Ule Ritgen - Bass guitar, harmony vocals on 2, 4 Clive Bunker - drums, Timpani Elizabeth Mackenzie - Soprano and Alto on 9 Robert Curtis - Violin and Viola on 9 Jenni Evans - Harmony vocals on 1, 5, 6, 8 Dorothy Patterson - Harmony vocals on 5, 6 Zeno Roth - Harmony vocals on 1, 3, 6, 8 Rainer Przywara - Harmony vocals on 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10 Produced by Uli Jon Roth The composer-guitarist Andy DiGelsomina of Lyraka has mentioned the album as containing both his favorite guitar solos and tones