Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Economic Reasons Were the Reason for ULI JON ROTH’s Guitar Gods Tour Cancellation

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.

Uli Jon Roth is supposed to return to North American in the Spring of 2015.


  1. Were there really only 150 people at the show? Wow, I wanted to go but unfortunately Monday-Wednesday nights don't work for me. Will you be posting a review of the show?

  2. Sadly, yes, there were only about 150 at the Yngwie show. I will be posting a review of the show with pictures (hopefully this weekend); reviews of the recently Black Flag and Agalloch shows will be posted first.

  3. Looking forward to the review, hopefully I'll get another chance to see Yngwie someday. Thanks for the great work with the site!