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The first
prototype for
the Sky Elite
series,
dubbed
Sunrise
Sky.

Roth onstage in 2015 at the Sun Plaza Hall, Tokyo, with
keyboardist Corvin Bahn and bassist Ule W. Ritgen.

(Right) Sky Guitar
prototypes built by
Boris Dommenget.
On the left is a
doubleneck (Roth
named it Mighty
New Dawn) with
seven nylon
strings and seven
standard electric
strings. In the
middle is Sunrise
Sky, and on the
right is Sunset Sky,
a flamenco with
eight nylon strings.

made sense, and with full inspiration, and
we got an album out of it. But we didn't have
a DVD yet because I wasn't perfectly happy
with the footage. So I thought, "The idea is
so strong and we have enough material...
let's split the project into halves - do the CD,
then the DVD." And that's what happened.
We played Sunplaza Hall in Tokyo, scene
of the original Tokyo Tapes recordings in

'78, and recorded the whole thing. There's
a Blu-Ray version of the concert - two and
a half hours - and there are more-extensive
versions which include audio of the shows we
did in Osaka and Nagoya. Both were great,
and I'm happy we could include them. Where
the main feature is the Tokyo Tapes show in
full surround, a deluxe package has four vinyl
versions of Scorpions Revisited, a book with
photos, eight CDs and DVDs, a t-shirt, key
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chain, etcetera. It's by far the most extensive
release I've ever had.

You included "The Sails of Charon,"
which was not on the original Tokyo Tapes.
Why was it excluded the first time?

We weren't really able to play it convincingly. We tried a few times in rehearsal, but
it fell short of my expectations. It was one of
those things I had recorded myself except for
drums and vocals. When it came to the stage,

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