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RETURN
TO
TOKYO

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n the 1970s, rockers were cranking out now-classic live sets
with stunning regularity - Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys
in 1970, the Allman Brothers' At Fillmore East in '71, Deep
Purple's Made in Japan in '73, Kiss' Alive! in '75, Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains the Same, Peter Frampton's Frampton
Comes Alive! and Bob Seger's Live Bullet in '76, Thin Lizzy's Live
and Dangerous in '78, The Ramones' It's Alive, Cheap Trick's At
Budokan, and UFO's Strangers in the Night in '79.
Worthy of inclusion is the Scorpions' stellar
1978 offering, Tokyo Tapes, featuring Uli Jon
Roth on guitar. With the Scorps embarking
on a more commercial sound after Roth's
exit that year, the heavier/more psychedelic
"Uli era" (which included shred-tastic tracks
like "The Sails of Charon," "Virgin Killer,"
"Dark Lady," "Fly to the Rainbow," etc.) is
often overlooked.

In an effort to raise its profile and remind
fans of its place, Roth recently toured with
a set list comprised solely of Scorpions classics from the '70s. He then offered the 2015
album Scorpions Revisited and 2016 DVD
Tokyo Tapes Revisited.
What inspired Tokyo Tapes Revisited?

The idea came up some time ago from

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friends who suggested a tour dedicated to
early Scorpions material. Their idea was, "If
you don't do it, nobody will. People want to
hear these songs, and the Scorpions concentrate on post-Uli stuff. But there's a wealth
of material that deserves to be heard live
and in the right context, authentically." That
was the pitch, and I thought it was unusual
because I see myself as a forward-looking
artist, writing new music, though I've been
known to indulge in stuff that is 300 years
old (laughs). But I thought, "Why not? Maybe
I should have a look at the material." And I
got a very good response from promoters; it
was basically, "Let's do it."
So, we started touring a program I called
Scorpions Revisited, with the idea of a live
album and DVD. We started recording, and
the first tour - we did America - was very
good but I was wasn't quite satisfied because
the more we played this stuff, the better it
got. We were interpreting it in a way that

Photos courtesy of UDR Music.

BY GREG PRATO


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