GUITARIST ULI JON ROTH SAYS THAT INTEREST IN ’70S ERA SCORPIONS SEEMS TO BE “GROWING”

Greg Prato of BraveWords spoke with guitarist Uni Jon Roth. Portions of the interview appear below.

BraveWords: Let’s discuss the 50th Anniversary Tour – how has the tour been thus far, and what can fans expect who have not attended yet? 

Uli Jon Roth:  So far, definitely my best American tour. We just started in Canada, but Vancouver went great yesterday. It’s quite an ambitious program, because we are celebrating the 50th on-stage anniversary of myself. And the music that we’re playing is a journey through those years – in some respects. Apart from the usual stalwarts, of course we’re playing the best of the early Scorpions, but we are also playing quite a bit of Electric Sun – which has not seen the light of day for 40 years…We’re playing quite a few of these pieces, and the audience seems to really like them. So, that’s part of this tour. Then, we’re playing all sorts of other things, from various stages of my life – including some stuff that I wrote for G3, Transcendental Sky Guitar, Sky of Avalon, and also a little acoustic set, where I am playing solo on my nylon 8-string guitar. It’s an integrated 3-hour show, which has a little intermission in the middle, and we’ve got a backdrop screen to augment everything with moving images. And if that is not enough, we are offering a VIP-only concert, which is in the late afternoon, and that features my Metamorphosis Concerto – which is my own one-hour piece, based on Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. And I particularly enjoy that part of the evening, because I normally don’t get to play that piece. All in all, it’s a long evening, but so far, we haven’t had any complaints. It seems to be working very well, because the music is quite diverse.

BraveWords: This past January, you played a few shows in Japan with your former Scorpions bandmates, Rudolph Schenker and Rudy Lenners.

Uli Jon Roth: That was a really nice experience, because I asked Rudolph to be a part of my 50th anniversary show in Japan, and he immediately said yes, and there were some conflicting time schedules, which took time to iron out. So, because of the complexity of the flights, it was only confirmed literally the week before we actually did the gigs. But then he showed up, and we had a big blast. It was a party on stage, and it was really nice to have him there. Because after that, we played in the same hall – Sun Plaza Hall – that we had my last Scorpions show in, 40 years earlier. The Tokyo Tapes shows. And having Rudy Lenners there was also a very gratifying experience. He is a good friend of mine, but I don’t get to see him very often – other than at events like this. It went very well.

BraveWords: Would you agree that the popularity of the Scorpions’ 70s work is at an all-time high now? 

Uli Jon Roth: It is growing. Absolutely. I just spoke about this with Eddie Trunk, who brought up this very point that it seems to be growing – exponentially. I’ve noticed that, too. It’s almost like people went back in time, and they discovered that, which wasn’t so popular at the time – because the Scorpions only really made it very big in the early ‘80s. And by then, I was gone. It was all the following stage beforehand – with Virgin Killer and all these albums. But the simple fact was that the Scorpions never made it to America until after I left – and that was due to the fact that our record company, RCA, was a global company, and the head of RCA America wasn’t really a fan of the Scorpions. He didn’t support that. But once the top bands went with EMI, everything changed – EMI/Capitol. And then, America…it just really exploded for the band.

BraveWords: Future plans?

Uli Jon Roth: There are almost too many for me to handle, because at the moment, there are a couple of things on the horizon that are hard to decide between…and I can’t really mention them, because they seem like big projects, but they’re not yet signed, sealed, and delivered. I am going to try this summer to really seriously start recording a new album. I’ve written so much material over the last few years, it’s unreal. And I really want to get some of that down onto vinyl, digital, whatever have you. The main problem is there is very little time usually for me to do these things, because I am on tour so much these days. And while touring, I can’t really record. And the next problem is I am notoriously slow in the studio, because I am rarely ever happy with the sound we are getting. So, that is my catch-22 – but that is my own personal problem, and I will try my best to make sure it does not get in the way of recording soon.

Read more at BraveWords.

Remaining Uni Jon Roth 50th Anniversary tour dates:

April:

12 in Joliet, IL at The Forge 
13 in St. Charles, IL at Arcada Theater
14 in Detroit, MI at Token Lounge
15 in Toronto, ON at Rockpile
16 in Montreal, QU at Piranha
17 in Quebec, QU at L’ Anti
18 in Ottawa, ON at Brass Monkey
19 in Pawling, NY at Daryl’s House
20 in Derry, NH at Tupelo Music Hall
21 in Hartford, CT at Infinity Music Hall
23 in New York, NY at the Gramercy Theater
24 in Asbury Park, NJ at Wonderbar
25 in Sellersville, PA at the Sellersville Theater
26 in Syracuse, NY at Sharkey’s
27 in Cleveland, OH at Agora Ballroom
29 in Pittsburgh, PA at Jergels

May:

1 in Plymouth, MA at Spire Center for the Performing Arts
3 in Newton, NJ at the Newton Theatre
4 in Louisville, KY at the Diamond Pub Concert Hall
5 in Nashville, TN at The High Watt
6 in Atlanta, GA at City Winery
9 in Dallas, TX at Trees
10 in San Antonio, TX at Rockbox

For more information on Uni Jon Roth, please visit:

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BLACK SABBATH TO BE HONORED AT “GRAMMY SALUTE TO MUSIC LEGENDS”

The Recording Academy will honor its 2019 Special Merit Awards recipients with Grammy Salute To Music Legends, an awards ceremony and live tribute concert on Saturday, May 11th at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Black Sabbath, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias, Sam & Dave, and Dionne Warwick. Lou Adler, Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, and Johnny Mandel are Trustees Award honorees; and Saul Walker is the Technical Grammy Award recipient. Also being honored is Jeffery Redding, this year’s recipient of the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and Grammy Museum. Led by Grammy-nominated industry icon Greg Phillinganes as musical director, the tribute concert will feature rare performances by honorees and never-seen renditions by those they’ve inspired. Currently scheduled to appear are Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Clinton; Grammy winner Bootsy Collins, who will salute Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic; five-time Grammy winner Lalah Hathaway and Kenya Hathaway, who will pay tribute to their father Donny; past Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Johnny Mathis, who will honor Warwick; Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Sam Moore; two-time Grammy winner Gregory Porter, who will pay tribute to Eckstine; Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Simpson; past Grammy nominee Snoop Dogg, who will salute Clinton and PARLIAMENT-FUNKADELIC; and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Warwick. Presenters for the evening will include Grammy winners Cheech & Chong. Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly. Tickets for the event will be on sale via a Ticketmaster pre-sale, beginning today at 10 a.m. PT. The password to access the pre-sale is LEGENDS.

The Recording Academy will produce Grammy Salute To Music Legends in partnership with Thirteen as part of the Great Performances series on PBS, set to air later this year. Previously held during Grammy Week, this is the fourth year The Recording Academy has celebrated the Special Merit Awards with a stand-alone TV event and musical tribute. In addition to the tribute concert, special celebrity guests will present recipients their award statues and guests will enjoy never-before-seen video packages celebrating each of the honorees’ contributions to the music industry and our cultural heritage.

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording, while the Trustees Award recognizes such contributions in areas other than performance. Both awards are determined by a vote of The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees. Technical Grammy Award recipients are determined by vote of the Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing Advisory Council and Chapter Committees and ratified by the Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field. The Music Educator Award is selected by a Blue Ribbon Committee and is approved by the National Board of Trustees.

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DEMONS & WIZARDS ANNOUNCE FIRST AND ONLY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Legendary metal band Demons & Wizards have just announced their A Magical Encounter With Demons & Wizards first and only North American headline tour today. The band will hit the road starting August 17th in Los Angeles and will be wrapping with their sold out show on September 7th in Atlanta. The band will be joined by special guests Lizzy Borden and Tyr and will be playing major markets like New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and more. Tickets are available for purchase here.

“Demons & Wizards touring North America? That is going to be pure magic, guaranteed,” states Hansi Kürsch about the tour announcement. “You better not miss it, cause you never know when the Demon and the Wizard will join forces again. I am really thrilled about these first shows for Demons & Wizards in North America and we are going to make every single night a legendary night to remember. Join us on this path of glory.”

“I am very happy that we’ve announced the first ever Demons & Wizards tour in North America,” adds Jon Shaffer. “We’ve been getting fan requests for many years to bring this show to all points around the world. To be able to do it in the USA is an exciting development. Stay heavy and see you on the road soon!”

Founded in 1999 by Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth), Demons & Wizards released two highly acclaimed albums Demons & Wizards (1999) and Touched by the Crimson King (2005). The band recently announced their worldwide signing to Century Media Records and is gearing up to release their highly anticipated third studio album (title TBD), which is scheduled to be released early 2020. Before then, Century Media Records will release the band’s first two sold out albums as expanded deluxe editions on June 7th, and will feature liner notes by Hansi Kürsch and Jon Schaffer as well as bonus material and will be released as a Limited Edition Digipak, Deluxe 2LP with Etching and LP-booklet as well as digital deluxe editions. Demons & Wizards is available for pre-order and on all streaming devices here and Touched by the Crimson King is available for pre-order and on all streaming devices here.

Demons & Wizards Tour Dates:

European Dates:

May 31 – Saarbrücken, Germany – Garage 

June 1 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7 
June 2 – Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp
June 19 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell Festival 
June 21 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
June 21 – Clisson, France – Hellfest
June 29 – Dokkum, Netherlands – Dokk’em Open Air
June 30 – London, United Kingdom – Islington Assembly Hall
July 4 – Barcelona, Spain – Barcelona Rock Fest
July 6 – Chania,Greece – Chania Rock Festival
July 7 – Tolmin, Slovenia  – Metaldays

August 1-3 – Wacken, Germany  – Wacken Open Air
 
U.S. Headline Dates:

August 17 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
August 20 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
August 21 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore
August 22 – Portland, OR – Roseland
August 24 – Denver, CO – The Summit Theater
August 26 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
August 28 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
August 29 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
August 31 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
September 1 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
September 4 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
September 5 – New York, NY – The Playstation Theater
September 7 – Atlanta, GA – Progpower (SOLD OUT)

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ROCKLAHOMA ANNOUNCES THAT KORN WILL REPLACE OZZY OSBOURNE AS SATURDAY NIGHT HEADLINER

Rocklahoma has announced that Korn will replace Ozzy Osbourne as the May 25th festival headliner, following last week’s news that Osbourne had to postpone all of his 2019 tour dates.
Korn has sold nearly 40 million albums, collected two Grammys, and toured the world countless times. They continue to push the limits of the alternative and metal genres, while remaining a pillar of influence for legions of fans and generations of artists around the globe.
Rocklahoma will take place on May 24th-26th at Catch The Fever Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. Now in its 13th year, America’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party will feature performances from some of today’s top rock artists, including: Korn, Disturbed, Shinedown, Bush, Seether, In This Moment, Steel Panther, Jackyl, Asking Alexandriaand over 40 others, along with brand new experiences for 2019.
A limited number of weekend and single day general admission tickets are still available at rocklahoma.com/tickets.html. Military discount tickets are available via GovX. All VIP reserved tickets and VIP packages are SOLD OUT.

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Website: www.Rocklahoma.com
Facebook: @Rocklahoma
Twitter: @Rocklahoma
Instagram: @Rocklahoma

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MICHAEL ANTHONY CONFIRMS THAT HE WAS CONTACTED BY VAN HALEN’S MANAGEMENT, HAGAR ADDS “EVERY NOW AND THEN, THEY THROW [OUT AN OFFER]”

Bassist Michael Anthony was a guest on the Howard Stern Show, where revealed that he was contacted about the prospect of a Van Halen reunion.

He stated (via blabbermouth), “I was actually contacted by their management last October, to see if I would be interested in something. And that’s basically as far as it went. I think they were trying to put something together on their end, management was, and something broke down on their end and the plug got pulled.”

He added, he would be interested, “If it was done the correct way. You know — four guys up there just doing their thing.”

Furthermore, former Van Halen frontman, Sammy Hagar, told the Pulse Of Radio (via blabbermouth.net), “It’s, like, every now and then they throw — y’know, management throws — something at me or something at Mike, sayin’. ‘Hey, what are you guys doin’ next summer? Y’know, Ed and Al are talking about maybe doin’ this or maybe doin’ that.’ And I’m goin’, ‘I’m workin’ next summer.’ [Laughs] I mean, they wanna talk to me? Talk to me. Mikey — same thing: ‘He said, ‘Yeah, let me know.’ And then you don’t hear nothin’. So, it looks to me like it’s a rumor. I’m not the one that can honestly say it’s official, but in my world, we’re going out and tourin’ this summer and nobody’s tellin’ us we can’t.”

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