Uli on Sails of Charon interview. NOW WITH VIDEO!!

Tatosh GuitarTatosh Guitar Posts: 1,693
On a recent discussion on this thread http://www.dinosaurrockguitar.com/forum/index.php?p=/discussion/19838/obsession-ufo/ the subject of Uli and what many consider his signature song, Sails of Charon was mentioned. I remembered reading an interview with Uli on it about it 15 years ago, that as luck would have it, I still have it. Haffner and Stitsel expresed interest on reading it, and so I went and scanned the whole thing. I figure I would post it in its own thread, to not derail the other thread and, well, it's Uli. It deserves its own spot.

So here you go. Guitar Wold, February 2005, I believe. Enjoy!


ADDENDUM: Well, I'll be damned. Flipping thru the magazine, I noticed an article when those guys talk about how they also would include the video lessons of the stuff they featured in the magazine back then, in a companion DVD. "those bastards" I thought. "It would have been nice if they had included that one for this issue too!". The I went, wait a minute, maybe they did, but I have noticed some magazines used to sell different versions (let's say, packaged differently) depending on the location. Maybe somebody else got it, and I was just out of luck.

I swear to god, this just occurred to me 5 minutes ago. As I said, I have had this mag for 15 years. One quick YT search, and voila! here's the video, which some lucky dude uploaded from the mentioned dvd, to add for the article. so here you guys go. Uli demonstrating what he talked about above.

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Comments

  • StitselStitsel Posts: 1,966
    Super freaking Excellent Mr. Tatosh.
    Thank you.
  • M11M11 Posts: 813
    This article is GOLD. Thanks Tatosh!
  • Tatosh GuitarTatosh Guitar Posts: 1,693
    Glad you guys like it. It made all the difference in the world back in the day when I read this. Not that I can play it the way he does, but I can kinda play parts well enough to make me a happy dude. This opened my mind, in a way I could see things clearly aside of just listening to the piece. And what better than the master himself going thru it.
  • Tatosh GuitarTatosh Guitar Posts: 1,693
    original post updated, now with video.
  • Seven MoonsSeven Moons Posts: 8,700
    Awesome, thanks for posting. Thinking that Uli came up with all that material in the 70s makes it even more amazing. 
    Here's another cool video where he explains picking subtleties, gotta love the "that's it !"  at the end. 



    Uli is my guitar god. I could listen to him forever. Now if only he could release new original music... 
  • MannyNixMannyNix Posts: 167
    Awesome post! Thank you so much!
  • HaffnerHaffner Posts: 7,797
    edited January 12
    Thanks tons, Tatosh.
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  • Super cool.
    My music videos and everything else: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCledLngWDeoZ0rzjIU6Pxzw
  • HaffnerHaffner Posts: 7,797
    edited January 12


    Uli is my guitar god. I could listen to him forever. Now if only he could release new original music... 
    That's what has daunted me about Uli for years now. I do understand he needs to eat, so doing the Scorps stuff over and over puts bread on the table. 

    But...it's been 12 years since Under a Dark Sky...wow.
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  • Tatosh GuitarTatosh Guitar Posts: 1,693
    edited January 13
    Haffner said:

    That's what has daunted me about Uli for years now. I do understand he needs to eat, so doing the Scorps stuff over and over puts bread on the table. 

    But...it's been 12 years since Under a Dark Sky...wow.
    Well, at least he is touring, so he is not pulling a John Sykes on us... LOL.

    I agree for the most part, that said, when I saw him live in 2011 he played a mostly Scorpions set and it was magnificent, easily one of the best things I have EVER seen. As I have posted here before, that day changed my life (the fact that Mad Mikey played after Uli also had a lot to do... hehehe)

    Glad you guys enjoyed this.

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  • OskyOsky Posts: 1,037
    Great read and video, thanks for taking the time to hook us all up!
  • M11M11 Posts: 813
    I agree for the most part, that said, when I saw him live in 2011 he played a mostly Scorpions set and it was magnificent, easily one of the best things I have EVER seen. As I have posted here before, that day changed my life (the fact that Mad Mikey played after Uli also had a lot to do... hehehe)
    I saw both Schenker and Uli in the same show in 2013, must've been the same tour (with Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz). The show was badly advertised and they played in a hotel ballroom in a casino far from the city. There must've been about 30 to 40 of us that showed up, which in the end was kinda awesome since I got to stand about 2 meters away from them. :sunglasses: 

  • Tatosh GuitarTatosh Guitar Posts: 1,693
    edited January 13
    M11 said:

    I saw both Schenker and Uli in the same show in 2013, must've been the same tour (with Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz). The show was badly advertised and they played in a hotel ballroom in a casino far from the city. There must've been about 30 to 40 of us that showed up, which in the end was kinda awesome since I got to stand about 2 meters away from them. :sunglasses: 

    I am pretty sure it was the previous tour. Francis and Herman Ze German weren't there yet. Oct. 2 2011. B)

    This was a big concert. Huge, by the actual standards these guys are acustomed nowadays, I would guess. Huge out door venue that I have been told can hold up to ten thousand people, more if you count all the people sitting in the adjacent hills. It was a government funded two week festival, which still runs today every year, and they book all sorts of different musical acts every year, from latin pop stars to techno and even classical stuff. Back then, they made the effort to book at least one rock act a year (you ask around and most people around here will tell you the best year was when they had both Toto and Chicago, one for the start of the festival and one close to the end. These concerts are always free to the public, btw., so people show up even if they don't know or like the performers. Let me tell you, A LOT of people showed up that day.

    I don't know who had the idea to book Michael and Uli, and if I ever find out I will forever thank him/her. Because this was a government thing, there was a huge budget, and they even printed big publicity signs, the kind you see  on the highway. I still remember the huge kick I got when I was driving home and saw a gigantic picture of Schenker down the road.

    I also caught the soundcheck, and took plenty of pictures. I chatted with Uli, who signed my old Scorpions LPs. Michael kept to himself so I didn't bother him (we all know the stories, and I didn't wanna push my luck). He actually stood next to me for a bit while we saw Uli's soundcheck. I also saw them jam to some UFO's songs, but for the actual concert I think they only played Natural Thing together.

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