Video footage of guitarist¬†Uli Jon Roth’s (ex-Scorpions) February 2 performance at the Pirates Cove in Cleveland, Ohio can be seen below.
Uli¬†is currently on the road in North America as part of a tour commemorating the 40th anniversary of his joining the¬†Scorpions.
In a recent interview with¬†Patrick Prince¬†of¬†Powerline,¬†Roth¬†stated about the¬†Scorpions¬†songs that he is performing on the current tour: “It is mostly the stuff that I’ve written or my favorites from then. I was involved in virtually every track back then, even if there’s not a writer’s¬†credit. Very often I would contribute quite a lot of things to it ‚ÄĒ the guitar¬†leads or whatever. We’re playing a track like¬†”In Trance”, for instance, which was written by¬†Rudolf¬†(Schenker) and¬†Klaus¬†(Meine), but then again, the way I wrote the guitar parts for many of¬†Rudolf’s songs they somehow feel like a composition within a composition and those parts came from me. These songs wouldn’t have the same feel without them. Back then I could have had co-writer’s¬†credits¬†for these, but it didn’t seem important. I’m playing long sets anyway. We’re doing other stuff as well but in every show we’ll include several pieces from every¬†Scorpions album that I’ve played on. And that’s quite a few, so ‚Ä¶ yes, it will amount to an entire¬†Scorpions¬†set. You’ll definitely get at least an hour’s worth, maybe even more, of just that old stuff.”
He added: “I take this tour very seriously ‚ÄĒ also because we’re recording it and we’re going to be doing a live double album. So I want to come up with something that’s at least kind of, like, from my point of view, the definitive version of these tracks for what I can do now. And that means, yes, we have rewritten certain sections and I’ve even rewritten certain pieces of lyrics a little bit. Expand certain songs, edited down others, to get the best out of them in the live environment. And some of them have really revealed a lot of new life that I never knew existed. And so I started looking at them in a different way. I enjoy playing them live and I have to say that wasn’t always the case. I found a new way into that.”
The band lineup for Uli’s 40th-anniversary U.S. tour is:
*¬†Uli Jon Roth: guitars, vocals
*¬†Henning Basse: lead vocals
*¬†Ali Clinton: guitars, vocals
*¬†Niklas Turmann: guitars, lead vocals
*¬†Ule W. Ritgen,¬†Elliott Rubinson: – bass
*¬†Jamie Little,¬†Peter Holmes: drums
*¬†Paul Rahme,¬†Corvin Bahn: keyboards, vocals