Guitar Gods lose a god, but show still a go

There will be one less god on stage Saturday at River Rock Casino Resort.

The Guitar Gods show, led by iconic axeman Yngwie Malmsteen, has lost former Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth, organizers announced Wednesday.

“Unfortunately we are forced to cancel my participation in this tour due to unforeseen circumstances which are beyond our control,” said Roth in a statement.

Joining Malmsteen will still be the multi-genre Gary Hoey and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal of Guns N’ Roses.

The original concert lineup was to stretch over six hours, according to a publicist.

Malmsteen, touted as one of the most technically accomplished guitarists of all time, is coming off a year in which he released his autobiography Relentless and embarked on a worldwide tour. In a career that spans three decades, his signature style of combining metal and classical spawned heavy metal genres known as shred guitar and neo-classical.

For his latest tour—this time of North America—Malmsteen promises fans of his rock and heavy metal guitar music can “expect the unexpected.”

“I raise the bar with every performance I do and this tour will be no different,” he said in a statement.

The guitarist’s wife and manager, April Malmsteen, created the Guitar Gods tour and serves as producer.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the June 28 show; concert begins at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $34.50, reserved balcony with floor access tickets are $44.50. Visit ticketmaster.ca or call 1-855-985-5000.

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