The former Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth, widely regarded as one of the greatest guitar players ever, is pleased to announce British newcomer Kaleb McKaneas his special guest on Uli’s upcoming UK November Tour. Kaleb recently released his first EP “Universe in Reverse” produced by Miles James (Michael Kiwanuka, Emile Sande) and mastered by Gavin Lurssen (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age). The EP received rave reviews from the press and fans alike. In 2019 Kaleb will release his debut album.
Uli Jon Roth is one of the last greats who is still around to present his magical style of playing which he already forged in the late Sixties when he was still in his teens. Uli played his first ever show in December 1968 – at the age of 13 – and to celebrate his upcoming 50th Stage Anniversary, he will play 6 very special UK concerts.
The UK tour starts at the Corporation in Sheffield on Thursday 29th November, followed by University of London Union (Friday 30th November), Coventry’s Kasbah (Saturday 1 December), Manchester’s Academy 3 (Sunday 2 December), Glasgow’s Oran Mor (Monday 3 December) and Milton Keynes’ The Stables(Wednesday 5 December).
Tickets are on sale Tuesday 17th July from and , .
The two hour-plus programme will consist of carefully selected highlights from Uli’s entire musical career, which – by now – is spanning no less than 5 decades!The amazing thing is that Uli Jon Roth keeps on getting better, as we have seen amply demonstrated by his astonishing and powerful recent appearances at theG3 Tour of Europe and the UK with Joe Satriani and John Petrucci.
In recent times, Uli has successfully revisited the early music of his celebrated Scorpions days which resulted in the superb “Scorpions Revisited” double CD and “Tokyo Tapes Revisited” DVD/Blu-Ray releases. The 50th Anniversary set will naturally include the best of that timeless material, including
The Sails of Charon, In Trance, Fly to the Rainbow and many other songs.
Corporation, Sheffield Thursday 29 November
ULU, London Friday 30 November
Kasbah, Coventry Saturday 1 December
Academy 3, Manchester Sunday 2 December
Òran Mór, Glasgow Monday 3 December
The Stables, Milton Keynes Wednesday 5 December
Kaleb McKane – Biography:
London based Kaleb McKane was born in Brisbane, Australia and lived there until he was 3 years old. He moved to the UK and was raised by his mother, a professional pianist.
The first song that really made an impact with Kaleb was Led Zeppelin’s “Trampled Underfoot”. He was 10. Seeing Jimi Hendrix in a documentary on the BBC on TV also lit a flame inside him. Today, he recalls that moment as “exhilarating”.
He started learning the piano but found true salvation in the guitar. “My mother gave me a Squier Stratocaster in red, on my twelfth birthday…The electric guitar spoke to me. The excitement of it, and the shape and colours. The vibrancy, the aggression and the vulgarity. All of those things spoke to me at the age of 12″.
When he was 16, Kaleb went to see Jeff Beck in concert. “I don’t mind admitting I cried. I was emotionally struck by Jeff’s fluency, supreme ability and elegant grace. He seemed so easy-handed yet in complete control. I remember thinking he was self-determined and self-sufficient, but also free. I wanted to be just like him.”
McKane started playing in jam sessions in London at the age of fourteen, writing his own music at fifteen and studying music at seventeen both at the ICMP and then Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (RNCM). “At the RNCM I was confronted with classical works and a lot of really committed and stimulating musicians. Although, it’s true, I still felt out of place — as if I was the musical anti-Christ in a sacred institution.”.
It was here that McKane saw a recital by the free-form guitarist and composer, Daniel Brew. “His performance really affected me, his piece was in constant development and it had such beautiful emotion … yet he played this on a rock guitar – an instrument which usually defines anger, passion and dissidence. It was as if he had trapped all the angry-craziness inside a velvet syllabub of sounds. I understood, then and there, that I wanted my own music to be heard the same way — to be coherent yet seamless.”
He joined the band Never The Bride for a year as a guitarist at the age of 21, and toured with them. Shortly after he was introduced to legendary drummer Woody Woodmansey, and they formed a lasting friendship, with the former Spider from Mars recording and guesting with Kaleb on live shows.
By 2018, Kaleb’s growth as an artist has attracted a formidable studio team. His debut EP
“Universe in Reverse” is produced by Miles James (Michael Kiwanuka, Emile Sande), mixed by Hans-Martin Buff (personal engineer for Prince 1998-2002) and mastered by Gavin Lurssen (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age). The EP “Universe in Reverse” was released in July 2018 and is exciting praise from press and fans alike.
A guiding star is Jeff Buckley and his debut album, “Grace”. “That record is stunning and certainly had a big influence. The way certain songs of his over the course of five or six minutes, open up and blossom, is really beautiful.”
Kaleb McKane’s debut album will be released in 2019.