Uli Jon Roth performing February 16, 2013 at Neisen's in Savage, Minnesota. Click on the picture to see more photos of Uli and his band (63).
Contrary to the official line that "work visas" getting "mysteriously delayed" as being the reason guitarist Uli Jon Roth canceled his appearance on the North American Guitar Gods Tour with Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Gary Hoey, and Bumblefoot, it can be revealed that his cancelation was solely due to economic reasons. My source, someone involved with the tour since it began earlier this month, was definitive with this statement. If Monday’s attendance for the Minneapolis stop of the tour, about 150, is indicative of the tour’s draw, this would corroborate this explanation.
Official statements are often cloaked in vague half-truths, and this is probably one of those instances. Very likely someone in the Uli’s camp was experiencing visa delays (notice that the statement doesn’t say the Uli himself was), but it could easily be used for cover so as to not embarrass other acts on the tour or not spook the promoters.