Thursday, July 21, 2011

Schenker, Roth & West team for 3 Guitar Heroes Tour

A new tour for guitar fans has been announced for this fall.

Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth and Leslie West will share the stage as they hit the road together on the 3 Guitar Heroes tour.

Each of the players will perform a set of their own and then hook up for a jam at the end of the night, which should be a real treat for fans.

A German rock legend, Schenker was a founding member of the Scorpions, and the lead guitarist for UFO before launching his solo career. A new Schenker album, “Temple Of Rock,” will be released this fall.

Roth is best known for his time as The Scorpions lead guitarist, playing on four albums between 1974 and ’77; later, he formed Electric Sun, and in the late 90s he performed alongside Joe Satriani and Schenker on a G3 European tour.

The legend that is Leslie West guided Mountain to huge success through a career spanning five decades. West’s new album, “Unusual Suspects,” is due September 20 and features contributions by Slash, ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons, Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather and Joe Bonamassa, alongside drummer Kenny Aronoff.

The 65 year-old West had his lower right leg amputated last month in a life-saving operation related to his diabetes.

“I am honored to be a part of the 3 Guitar Heroes Tour with Uli Roth and Michael Schenker,” says West. “My manager Bob and I have been discussing a run like this for ages, and when the opportunity came up I hopped on board. That’s right – the guy who just had his leg amputated. These guys are monster players and this should be a lot of fun.”

“It is very exciting to be part of a tour that has very deeply rooted connections with two guitarists that have been at their best since the start of their careers,” adds Schenker. “When I was around 14 years-old, I saw a guy on stage playing amazing guitar. It was Uli, and he was around my age. Three years later while with the Scorpions, I chose to join UFO and found the best possible replacement in Uli. I knew my brother Rudolf and Klaus were in good hands. When I was 16 years old, Leslie West was one of my favorite guitarists. He had just recorded “Theme for an Imaginary Western” with Mountain, a song featuring one of my all time favorite lead-breaks on it. Looking back, Leslie is the last guitarist I ever copied seeing that from when I was 17 on, I went completely my own way. So, here we are after all these years on stage together, celebrating the phenomenon – Rock Guitar.”

The 3 Guitar Heroes Tour kicks off Norfolk, CT on October 6.

Schenker, Roth and West
3 Guitar Heroes Tour
- 2011

Oct 06 - Norfolk, CT - Infinity Music Hall & Bistro
Oct 08 - Ridgefield, CT - The Ridgefield Playhouse
Oct 09 - Plymouth, NH - The Flying Monkey
Oct 12 - Foxborough, MA - Showcase Live
Oct 13 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
Oct 14 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Oct 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
Oct 16 - Westbury, NY - NYCB Theatre At Westbury
Oct 19 - Baltimore, MD - Sound Stage
Oct 20 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
Oct 21 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
Oct 22 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room
Oct 26 - Milwaukee, WI - The Pabst Theater
Oct 27 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Nov 04 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Nov 05 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Nov 11 - Las Vegas, NV - Boulder Station Hotel & Casino

Additional dates will be announced shortly.


The Michael Schenker Group – Doctor Doctor
NAMM Jam 2011 – Grove Of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA – January 2011

Uli Jon Roth Uli Jon Roth

Uli Jon Roth – Sky Overture

Mountain Mountain

Leslie West – Mississippi Queen
NAMM Jam 2011 – Grove Of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA – January 2011