GUITARIST ULI JON ROTH SAYS HE HAS WRITTEN A NEW ALBUM, BUT HAS NOT RECORDED IT YET
Greg Prato of Bravewords spoke with guitarist Uli Jon Roth. Highlights from the interview appear below.
BraveWords: Is it true you already have original material written for your next solo release?
Uli Jon Roth: I have written a new album, but I have not yet recorded it. That’s what I’m in the process of organizing right now. In fact, this week, it is high on my agenda – I want to get a plan together, to finally make this happen. I really want to record this album, but I somehow need to make it happen. With all my constant being on the road, it’s not so easy. And part of my band is in England, part is in Germany, and part is in America. Logistics make it a little bit challenging, shall we say.
BraveWords: When do you hope to go in the studio?
Uli Jon Roth: All I can say is as soon as possible. But that’s all I can say, because I don’t have a real plan yet, and I’m in the process of sitting down and actually making a plan. So far, there are all these other things that came first, like another tour, and another tour, and another this, and another that. Now, I’m pushing this one pretty much to the top of the agenda.
BraveWords: Do you think that the Scorpions Revisited album will influence the way this upcoming album will sound?
Uli Jon Roth: Not with the material, because the Scorpions material that we used from back then, is forty-something years old. I do write differently now. But I did have one strong influence on my thinking, because for the first time I really recorded an album virtually live – although it was in a controlled environment. And I really enjoy that process of doing it. I’m a little tired of the old way that I did for almost my entire artistic life, where you’re in the studio, and carefully laying down track after track, and then turning it into one layered ‘whole’ – almost like an oil painting. That’s how the old masters used to paint. There is a great process, but at this point in my life, I think I prefer the more spontaneous kind of approach. And I will plan it out to a large degree, but I will leave certain things to chance – playing-wise, musically. And possibly, even record it in the same place that we recorded the Scorpions Revisited in – that theater in Hannover, which I like so much.
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Horns up for Scorpions Revisited! It just kills with magnificent reworkings of classic Scorps, especially “Sails” and “Trance”. His vocalist is solid, but see if you can dig up him and Doogie White doing “Trance” on Brazilian TV. Even better!