ULi Jon Roth Set To Release ‘Tokyo Tapes Revisited’


Guitarist Uli Jon Roth is planning to release a new concert DVD titled ‘Tokyo Tapes Revisited’ as a “counterpart” to his 2015 release ‘Scorpions Revisited’ on which he revisited his personal favorites from the early Scorpions period. Uli told Ruben Mosqueda of Sleaze Roxx: “We have recorded a lot of shows, but I just want to release the very best. There will be be a counterpart to ‘Scorpions Revisited’ and it will be called ‘Tokyo Tapes Revisited’. It’s a DVD recording of a two-and-a-half-hour show that I did in the same hall where we recorded ‘Tokyo Tapes’. That video looks and sounds really great. We just finished editing it in Japan last week. It will be out later this year.”

He continued: “We originally wanted to issue another live performance that we had recorded and I wanted to issue it after the studio album but I wasn’t too happy with that and we decided against that. Then there was talk about recording the show in Japan where SCORPIONS recorded ‘Tokyo Tapes’ and that turned out wonderfully.”

As a member of the SCORPIONS from 1973 through 1978, Uli Jon Rothwas a member of the Scorpions from 1973 until 1978. He played on four early Scorpions records, ‘Fly To The Rainbow’(1974), ‘In Trance’ (1975), ‘Virgin Killer’ (1976) and ‘Taken By Force’. This Scorpions lineup also recorded what many still consider to be one of the greatest live albums ever recorded, ‘Tokyo Tapes’.

“At first I didn’t realize the impact it had on the rock music scene,” Roth told JamMagazine.com about the live album. “When I left the band in 1978, I disconnected myself from the past and was only interested in my new band, Electric Sun. I didn’t follow the success of ‘Tokyo Tapes’. Over time, I began to realize that musicians and fans kept referring to that album like it was something extra special. Gradually I understood why. Now I actually see the recording in a different light than what I thought back then.”

‘Scorpions Revisited’ is a double-disc CD, released March last year and recorded in Hanover, Germany.

Uli Jon Roth’s band for these shows was Nathan James (vocals), Jamie Little (drums), Ule W. Ritgen (bass), Niklas Turmann (guitar, vocals), Corvin Bahn (keyboards, vocals) and David Klosinski (guitar).