Venue: Corportation, SheffieldDate: 29 November 2018
The weather might have been cold, wet and
windy, but that wasn’t about to dampen my excitement as I
drove down to Sheffield to catch the legend that is Uli Jon
Roth kick off his 50th anniversary tour. To
get everyone in the mood for what was to come was support
act Kaleb McKane and his band, and what a grand job they did
of achieving just that.
If you get the chance to check out this young man in
action then I’d definitely recommend it.
After a swift changeover the guy everyone was
waiting for Uli came onstage to great applause and had a
little banter with the audience before treating the crowd to
an array if songs taken from his Electric Sun band days,
including ‘Indian Dawn’, ‘Sky of Avalon’,
‘Hiroshima Today?’ and ‘Starflight’.
From his Scorpion days he shared with us
‘The Sails Of Charon’, ‘Sun In My Hand’, ‘Catch
Your Train’, and my personal favourite ‘We'll Burn The
watching this man perform it’s hard not to get totally
immersed and mesmerized by his performance, his is an
incredible guitarist and largely under-rated by many,
probably due to his calming persona on stage.
He had a small break before coming back on to
do several compositions on a beautiful 8 string acoustic
including ‘Indian Passage’ and ‘Golden Dragon’. Such
intricate and stunning pieces which he made it look so
effortless to play.
He then donned his very first guitar that he
played on when he first started out at the tender age of 13,
now 50 years later it still sounded great as he covered
‘Apache’ by the Shadows, before finishing off a great
show with some songs by Deep Purple ‘Little Wing’ and
‘All Along The Watchtower’.
It may have taken a few hours to drive down to Sheffield to catch this man in action, but my goodness was it worth it. I drove home a very happy man indeed after witnessing this legend in action with all respect I already had for this man greatly increased. Whether you’re a guitarist or not, you can’t help but be impressed by the breath-taking talent this man shares in his live performances. Well worth checking out live if you ever get the chance!
Review by: Bernie Penman
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