Without doubt an Uli Jon Roth concert in Athens is an event that leaves no rock fan indifferent. So at the first day of the last month of the year many people gathered at the Zygos club for a live appearance of the living legend.
The doors opened at 9 and the club began to fill. At about 9.30 at the stage of Zygos went the Greeks Leaving Tomorrow. A power trio of very talented musicians who play classic rock with influences from Jazz and Blues. Their sound was generally good but the club showed that as the volume was raising the sound got worse. I really liked “Leaving Tomorrow” and with bands like them the Greek rock scene can go far. They played songs from their first personal album "Leaving Tomorrow". Alex Doutsis sings and plays guitar Harris Pantazis is on bass and Chris Panagis is on drums.
At around 10 o'clock Leaving Tomorrow went off stage and about half hour later Uli Roth with his 6-man (!!!!) band went on stage. The sound certainly was not the best. The Zygos club is not a good choice for concert venue, especially for bands that have a total of 7 musicians on stage. The sound for those who were in front of the stage was pretty bad.
However with the first notes heard from his guitar Uli Roth won the audiences wild enthusiasm. We even heard the slogan “That Italian guy is crazy”. In the first track one of the guitarists had a problem and had no sound at all. As a result, many technicians had to run onto the stage to change something in the amplifier. To their credit they finished the repairs before the first song had ended and the guitarist was ready. Uli Roth at his mid 50’s was really energetic and gave a lot of space to the other band members to show their talent.
I do not think there is room for complaints regarding the setlist. Many songs were decided at that moment. Someone next to me shouted "Sails Of Charon”. Uli looked at him and then winked affirmatively. He then turned to the band and they played The Sails of Charon. Of course lot of Scorpions songs were included in the setlist. Except from “Sails of Charon”, we heard songs like “In Trance” and “We'll Burn The Sky”. Uli also sang a cover version of Bob Dylan’s "All along the Watchtower".
There could have been no better way start December than with a powerful concert. After the show Uli Roth came back on stage by himself and took some photos with the fans and signed some autographs.
Photos: Artemis Kondylopoulou