well its not rudy shenker that has his brothers ( sister and brother)
in the music cene...
1956 June 30
Born in Duesseldorf, Germany, as the second son of the Roths.His father was a journalist and writer.
Moved to Hannover.
Started to play guitar on a self-taught basis.
Interested in Blues like CREAM, Johnny Winter, etc., but also bands like YES or LED ZEPPELIN. Later Jimi Hendrix.
The elder brother, Uli Jon Roth joined SCORPIONS.
Took violin lessons in addition to the guitar.
Formed the band BLACK ANGEL, with Ule Ritgen , Achim Kirschning &key and Frank Tolle &ds.
BLACK ANGEL split up after touring Germany for three years.
Moved to England for 6 months, looking for a band, but without success because Punk and New Wave were the only things going on.
In July, Uli Jon Roth left the band SCORPIONS and united his own band ELECTRIC SUN.
Ule Ritgen joined ELECTRIC SUN.
Wrote many songs and lyrics for his own group with changing names and people.
In this period some of the later ZENO songs were written.
Tried to get a deal without success. At the same time playing and recording with several German groups.
ELECTRIC SUN released the first album "Earthquake".
ELECTRIC SUN released the second album "Fire Wind".
ELECTRIC SUN started the recording of the third album 'Beyond The Astral Skies". Joined this recording with Ule Ritgen and Michael Flexig &vo.
Formed the band ZENO with Ule Ritgen.
Started to record a demo tape. Michael Flexig joined these demo takes temporarily.
"Eastern Sun" "A Little More Love" "Signs On The Sky" "Don't Tell The Wind" "Far Away" and "Love Will Live" were recorded as demo takes.
Many big American record companies were interested in this demo.
Contrary to first intentions, Michael Flexig was to be a proper member of ZENO.
Signing with Warner Publishing UK.
Got a record deal with EMI UK.
One of the biggest contracts for a newcomer in Europe.
ELECTRIC SUN finished the recording of the third album.Ule Ritgen left the band ELECTRIC SUN.
Started the recording for the album ZENO. Using many recording studios all over the world.
Chuck Burgi &ds, Stuart Elliot&ds, Carl Marsh &key, Don Airey &key and also Chris Thompson joined this recording.
The album "Zeno" was completed.
Made a video "A Little More Love".
The first single "A Little More Love" was released.
The album "Zeno" was released in Europe, in America and in Japan.
Toured in Europe, as a support act of BLACK SABBATH.
Rod Morgenstein &ds and Larry Dvoskin &key joined this tour. Also made a video "Love Will Live".
Toured the US with KROKUS and KEEL.
Also playing a festival with QUEEN in UK.
Songs for a second album of ZENO were recorded. (Amongst others "Heat Of Emotion" "Out In The Night" and "Is It Love").
Left EMI UK.
Michael Flexig left the band. Tommy Heart joined the band as a new vocalist.
More recordings. ("Surviving The Night" "Together", etc.).
Geffen Records approached ZENO, but the record deal didn't go into effect.
Broke up the band. For all practical purposes, the band ZENO split.
Put the power from the guitar to the pen. Devoted himself to writing.
Wrote many poems and lyrics, some philsophical texts, novels and texts about William Shakespeare, Jean-Jacques Rousseau etc.
At the same time still writing songs for himself and other groups.
Joined "The Jimi Hendrix Concert" in Cologne, which Uli Jon Roth directed.
In JapanEastern Sun" and other songs were performed by FAIR WARNING, a group which derived from ZENO.
These two songs had a strong impact again, not only on older generations, but also young people who had never known ZENO before.
The album "Zeno" was re-released in Japan.
It caused a sensation in the current music scene, selling more than 25,000 copies. (No.11 in the Yearly Japanese Chart for foreign music).
Decided to release a project album containing songs recorded from 1987 to 1994.
Got a record deal with Zero Corporation, Japan.
Had a plot to write about Jimi Hendrix from a different and new angle.
Started the recording for this album.
Plans to publish an art-book about Jimi Hendrix by Monika Dannemann with her paintings and special texts explaining the philosophical and spiritual side of Jimi Hendrix, took concrete shape.
Completion of ZENO's second albumZenology".
1995 March 8
Release of "Zenology".
Sales: over 30,000 copies.First appearance on Japanese Charts: 64 in the whole album charts (including Japanese market). 25 in foreign music charts. Number 4 in rock music charts after BON JOVI, VAN HALEN and FIRE HOUSE. (by "Original Confidence" research.)
Got a record deal with Milestone Music, Germany.
Published the book about Jimi Hendrix by Monika Dannemann (co-author: Zeno Roth) "The Inner World of Jimi Hendrix" in the UK.
Release "Zenology" in Europe.
Started to write songs for the third album of ZENO.
Started the recording and played all instruments on this album.
Left Warner Publishing UK.
Got a new publishing deal in Japan with BURRN! Music.
The third album "Listen To The Light" was completed.
Release of "Listen To The Light" in Japan. Sales: over 45,000 copies. First appearance on Japanese charts: 26 in the whole album charts (including Japanese market). 6 in foreign music charts. Number 2 in rock music chart after PEARL JAM. (By "Original Confidence" research.)
Got a record deal with MTM Music for the European market.
Release of "Listen To The Light" in Europe.
Got a deal with Zero Corporation for the next album.Started to write songs for this album.
The deal was taken over by Toshiba EMI, Japan as Zero corporation was liquidated.
In the annual reader's pop poll of 1998 by BURRN! MagazineListen To The Light" was voted No.2 as an album, and Zeno Roth got the position No.2 (guitarist) and No.3 (songwriter). "Meet Me At The Rainbow" got No.9 as a tune.
The history of ZENO began to take shape in the early seventies when Zeno Roth and Ule W. Ritgen formed their first band (BLACK ANGEL) in Hannover. Strongly influenced by classic rock bands like Cream, Yes and Jimi Hendrix, both musicians played together for some years while attending university.
When this band had broken up in 1977, Ule Ritgen played bass in the band of Zeno's brother, Uli Jon Roth, appearing on three ELECTRIC SUN albums.
By 1980, Zeno Roth and Ule Ritgen were again working together, heading in a new direction. Zeno recalls: " The music became more melodic, with stronger vocal parts than anything we had done before. Instead of just two guitars, we added keyboard parts and background harmonies. It started to sound like what we were striving for."
The complete line-up of ZENO was formed when Michael Flexig joined as a lead singer.
On the basis of superb demo tracks, ZENO were awarded one of the largest recording contracts for a new band in rock history.
The origin of the name "Zeno" stems from a Greek philosopher Zeno Of Citium (Cyprus)" who founded the philosophy called Stoicism. Zeno (Zenon)'s philosophical system included logic and theory of knowledge, physics, and ethics--the latter being central. He held that happiness lays in living in accordance with the laws of Nature and Divine Reason, which governs the universe.
A deep thinker, Zeno Roth, as a successor of such a Greek philosophical mind, is gifted with writing as well as making music.
After the first album 'Zeno' had been released in 1986 he went more into the writing field, as the music business at that time was not very advantageous to melodious rock.
However, the door to his music was knocked open anew by the Japanese listeners who loved "Eastern Sun" from the re-released album 'Zeno' in 1993.
It is fitting that the East, the country of the "Rising Sun" should be directly responsible for rekindling Zeno's desire to continue creating his music.
As a next step, 'Zenology' was delivered in 1995, with songs that had been composed in the non-active period of the band ZENO.
Although those songs were not newly composed, some of them hit many people with the everlasting touch of ZENO's powerful melody. (Like "TOGETHER")
In 1998, the third album 'Listen To The Light' was released. It gained a high reputation with its melodious lyricism, containing many positive messages, spiritual, social and political, concepts for the future and his amazing guitar playing.
Zeno (in this century) writes:
" The future lies in our hands. After times of dark, Rebirth will follow and new hope will come with the children. They bring the Light to this world."
" Our senses are limited only to the extent that we limit our Selves. Transcend the merely physical aspect of your existence, and your inner senses will grow."
" Do not follow any one but the voice of your own true Self."
His next album with his powerful message will apparently come out soon. There you could find more about true ZENOism! http://www.zenoroth.com/