Uli Jon Roth looked back on his decision to leave the Scorpions, noting how he doesn’t regret it at all but adding that he still maintains close relationships with former bandmates.
The German-born guitarist is often hailed as one of the pioneers of the neo-classical playing style, with his work on four early Scorpions albums (from 1974’s “Fly to the Rainbow” to 1977’s “Taken By Force”) having inspired many a guitarist out there. Before leaving and kickstarting his own project named Electric Sun, Roth and the Scorpions had one last hurrah in the form of 1978’s “Tokyo Tapes”, the band’s first-ever live album.
Asked during a recent interview with “Vintage Rock Pod” to explain why he left the German hard rock heavyweights, the guitarist said (transcribed by Ultimate Guitar):
“I handed in my notice a year before, in 1977. The reason was not personal, it was just purely artistic. I started to write music like ‘Earthquake’ and other songs that I knew had no place in Scorpions; they wouldn’t have resonated with the other stuff.
“So in 1977, I led a little bit of a dual existence; I wrote some of the songs for Scorpions, like ‘The Sails of Charon’, ‘Your Light’, “I’ve Got to Be Free’ and some other stuff.”
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