Uli Jon Roth pic by Tim Lewis
I had a great time seeing music Sunday night at the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry New Hampshire. I picked up my brother Ken in Shelburne VT and made the long 3 hour drive to the show. We arrived a little early and spent some time wandering around then headed to the venue at 6pm for the 7pm show. The hall is an old mansion and has a food counter called the Purple Puffin Cafe. We got some food and found a table in one of the dining rooms. It was my second visit and I liked the feel of the place as much as last time. We checked out the merch table then headed in to the show.
Our seats were in the second row on the left. We chatted with a couple of music fans around us and a little after 7 the lights went down and Uli Jon Roth took the stage with his band. He began by speaking to the audience and dedicating the show to the Tupelo Music Hall since this was the last show ever in this venue and they are moving the hall a few miles away to Derry NH. The band had a singer/bass player, a guitar player, keyboard player, drummer and Uli sang a bit and was stunning on guitar. He announced that the show would be the Scorpions revisited show and the band launched into All Night Long. I grew up as a metal fan and loved the early Scorpions hard rock psychedelic blend of music and was in heaven as the band pulled out all of the old heavy riffing songs. The rhythm section steamrolled through the songs as the keys filled in the spaces and the guitarist alternated rhythm and lead. Uli charged through heavy riffs and let shine magnificent lead work. They played classics like Longing For Fire and The Sails Of Charon, which featured a killer solo. We’ll Burn The Sky was epic and then they played the song I most wanted to hear. In Trance had me in a state of bliss. All night long it was great to see every detail of Uli’s guitar playing. His playing was fast and articulate and he bent the strings to work every nuance out of every note. It was a true metal guitar god show. They slowed things down a little as Uli put down his 8 string guitar and picked up the double neck with who knows how many strings. He played a really cool solo on the upper neck and was joined by the drummer and eventually the singer/bass player who had picked up a guitar for the song. Rainbow Dream Prelude was great then the rest of the band came back for Fly To The Rainbow. The song rocked hard and Uli had an intense whammy bar workout that pulled sounds from the guitar that I’ve never heard before. It was stunning. From there he picked up the single neck guitar and they kept the metal at full blast for Hell Cat, Dark Lady and Yellow Raven and called it a night. They all took a bow but instead of leaving just picked up the instruments and kept playing. Pictured Life and Catch Your Train were wonderful then they capped the night with an over the top version of Little Wing. The second half of the song had Uli soloing into the universe and it was magical.
After that they really did leave the stage. The lights came on and the room emptied. Since the show started so early and there was no opening band it was close to 9pm as we hopped into the car and let the moon chase us home for the three hour ride. It was a lot of driving but so worth it
Here are some more pictures that I took: