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Uli Jon Roth
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Uli Jon Roth is a German guitarist, who became famous as the Scorpions lead guitarist, and is one of the earliest contributors to the neoclassical metal genre. He is also the founder of Sky Academy and inventor of the Sky Guitar.
The musical career of Uli spans an amazing five decades. As an artist, Uli is a phenomenon and his unique set of artistic talents has gained him an international reputation as a musical visionary and innovator early on in his career. Having not only explored the world of rock music and written symphonies for orchestras, Uli has recently come full circle to re-connect with his roots.
Uli Jon Roth made his mark on the world of music already as a teenager.
Born in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Dec 18, 1954, he discovered his love for the electric guitar in 1968 and played his first concert later that year at the age of 13 as a member of the band Blue Infinity. In the following years, while still in high school, Uli played in a number of bands in Hanover, including Dawn Road, while also studying classical guitar as well as the piano.
In the year 1973, Uli’s friend, Michael Schenker quit the already established band Scorpions to join UFO in England, which lead to the break-up of the Scorpions. Later that year, the two remaining members of that band – Rudolf Schenker and Klaus Meine – joined forces with the four members of Dawn Road. The first show of the “new” Scorpions was a two-song live TV appearance, which lead to a 5-year recording deal with one of the major international record companies at the time, RCA.
During his five year tenure as a member of Germany’s number one band, the Scorpions, in the early seventies, he built the foundation for his status of rock guitar legend the world over. Uli established himself quickly as one of the main song-writers in the band and gained an international reputation as one of the most important innovators of the electric guitar.