By Steve Newton
When Uli Jon Roth called me up the other day to promote his upcoming Ultimate Guitar Experience show in Vancouver, we ended up chatting about some of the other guitar tours he’s been on, like the G3 European Tour back in 1998, when he shared the stage with Joe Satriani and Michael Schenker, who didn’t get along so well.
I also asked him about the Guitar Gods tour that took place last year, without realizing that he never actually played any gigs on that tour due to visa problems. That tour would have seen him in the company of Yngwie Malmsteen–as well as Gary Hoey and Bumblefoot–so I asked him what he would have thought of touring with Yngwie, and also how he ranked him as a guitarist.
As you can hear in this excerpt, Roth raved about Yngwie, calling him “one of the alltime greats.” That led me to wonder how impressed Roth is by a guitar player’s speed, and he chuckled at the query before explaining that playing fast is not one of his main goals.