metal talk
instagram Facebook Twitter RSS
metal talk
1st October 2017

uli jon roth

Uli Jon Roth is celebrating a rare triple anniversary in 2018 and to commemorate this very special year, the German guitar maestro will be performing a whole series of concerts and tours worldwide with varying programs.

2018 is:

40-year anniversary of Scorpions 'Tokyo Tapes'
40-year anniversary of the birth of Electric Sun
50-year anniversary of Uli's first ever stage performance in 1968

Uli's two-month Triple Anniversary North American Tour, which begins at the end of May 2018, will be devoted to performing a complete set of songs from his ground breaking Electric Sun period.

Electric Sun Reborn will consist of an intense ninety-minute set by Uli and his band, complemented by multi-media projections. This is followed by an intermission and a shorter set of the highlights from 'Tokyo Tapes Revisited' to round off the three-hour extravaganza.

Uli has not performed the bulk of this music for over thirty years. Although it never enjoyed the overwhelming commercial success of Scorpions, Electric Sun was far more than just a cult band and had a sizeable following on both sides of the Atlantic as well as in Japan.

Largely thanks to Uli's innovative and ground-breaking guitar playing and interesting compositions, the band became artistically influential and presented a unique blend, which was sometimes likened to a strange mixture, located somewhere between Beethoven and Hendrix.

Following the worldwide success of his latest 'Scorpions Revisited' releases, Uli will now revisit the spellbinding music of his first solo venture after leaving Scorpions and re-connect with his songs from that prolific era of his long and colourful career.

Widely regarded as one of the great guitar players, Uli pioneered a unique style of playing which, for the first time, combined complete mastery of the instrument with an intensely melodic and emotional appeal. Uli's Electric Sun guitar solos are both uplifting and often mesmerizing, displaying a very wide variety of textures, colours and novel ideas and they always take you on a journey.

Uli has now taken a fresh look at this material, drawn from the three Electric Sun albums which he wrote some forty years ago, 'Earthquake', 'Fire Wind' and 'Beyond The Astral Skies'.

As a real bonus for his die-hard fans and connoisseurs Uli has a special treat in store which will bring many a tear to the eyes of nostalgic older fans; due to popular request, Uli will finally bring his legendary white Fender Stratocaster guitar on tour again.

The famous instrument which he used during almost all the Scorpions and Electric Sun recordings, will make an onstage appearance for a couple of songs after having remained silent for so many years. The guitar has not been played in public since the mid-eighties when Uli switched over to Sky Guitars for good and he is looking forward to putting this iconic guitar through its paces for old times’ sake. The White Strat can be seen on the covers of 'In Trance' and 'Fire Wind'. Uli played this guitar in every Scorpions concert since 1975 and on every single Electric Sun album.

To make the evening even more intense, purchasers of VIP passes will be given a unique opportunity to hear Uli perform his 'Metamorphosis Of Vivaldi's Four Seasons' in its entirety during a private pre-show concert.

Uli has not performed Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' in over fourteen years. He was the first and only guitarist ever to perform this most famous of all violin concertos on electric guitar note for note, stretching the instrument to the very limits of its capabilities, and beyond.

Confirmed tour dates, with more to follow:

31st May: Dallas, TX - Trees
1st June: Houston, TX - Arcadia
2nd June: San Antonio, TX - Rockbox
5th June: Phoenix, AZ - Club Red
6th June: Hollywood, CA - Roxy Theater
7th June: San Jan Capistrano, CA - Coach House
8th June: San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
9th June: Las Vegas, NV - Vamp'd
10th June: Ventura, CA - Ventura Theater
12th June: Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst
13th June: Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theater
14th June: Berkley, CA - Cornerstone
15th June: Sacramento, CA - Holy Diver
16th June: Seattle, WA - Studio 7
17th June: Portland, OR - Bossanova Ballroom
18th June: Vancouver, BC - Venue
26th June: St. Paul, MN - Amsterdam Music Hall
29th June: Joliet, IL - The Forge
30th June: St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theater
1st July: Detroit, MI - Token Lounge
2nd July: Toronto, ON - Rockpile
3rd July: Montreal, QU - TBA
4th July: Quebec, QU - L' Anti
5th July: Ottawa, ON - Brass Monkey
6th July: Pawling, NY - Daryl's House
7th July: Derry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall
8th July: Hartford, CT - Infinity Music Hall
10th July: NYC, NY - Gramercy Theater
11th July: Asbury Park, NJ - Wonderbar
12th July: Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater
15th July: Anderson, IN - State Theatre




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



Your Email Address:

Travelling To Wacken From:

Your Telephone Number:

Your Enquiry:


metal talk © All written site content is copyright 2008-2017, unless otherwise stated, and is not to be used without prior permission.