Former SCORPIONS guitarist Uli Jon Roth is planning to release a new concert DVD titled “Tokyo Tapes Revisited” as a “counterpart” to his 2015 double album “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 Roth helped pioneer the neo-classical style that has influenced countless guitarists to this day. His extraordinary playing can be heard on four classic SCORPIONS records, “Fly To The Rainbow” (1974), “In Trance” (1975), “Virgin Killer” (1976) and “Taken By Force”. This 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.”
Released in March 2015, “Scorpions Revisited” was a double-disc CD recorded in Hanover, Germany which saw the maestro re-harness all the collective power and poise of those original SCORPIONS classics, and re-imagine them as he feels today.
The band which performed with Roth 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).