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Friday, July 16, 1999 Published at 13:51 GMT 14:51 UK

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Rock star's classical plans for rural idyll

Plas Glynllifon, the new home of Ulrich John Roth

Rock star Ulrich John Roth has bought up a peaceful and sought after retreat in north Wales with classical concerts in mind.

The guitarist with German band The Scorpions is the new owner of the 500,000 Plas Glynllifon, near Caernarfon, and he has already promised villagers that he will be leading a quiet lifestyle in his new mansion home.

"The locals don't need to worry about sex and drugs and televisions crashing through windows or anything like that," said Roth.

"Although I have been in a rock band I pride myself on being outside that circle. I may look like a rock star with my long hair and scruffy clothes but I don't behave like one."

He added: "The people are so friendly and the landscape is breathtaking. It helps me to record and I am really lucky to own two mansions in such beautiful locations."

[ image: The Scorpions Fly to the Rainbow album cover]
The Scorpions Fly to the Rainbow album cover
The rock star now plans to spend another 200,000 buying up the grounds to the mansion in the hope of staging classical concerts.

"My first love was classical"

"I ended up in rock music but my first love was always classical, I grew up with it around me," he explained.

"I have worked on various classical pieces and it would be wonderful to perform with a full orchestra at Plas Glynllifon when it is finished.

"The house is ideal for big outdoor concerts because it has a huge lawn, which is able to accommodate thousands."

Roth has lived in the UK for 20 years and already owns another Welsh mansion at Plas Tan y Bwlch, near Aberystwyth, and it is thought he will split his time between the two properties, together with his girlfriend and baby daughter.

The Scorpions penned the song Winds of Change, which was chosen as the anthem of unification of East and West Germany.

Plas Glynllifon has a rich history, dating back to 1836, when it was built for the second Lord Newborough.

More recently, it has been transformed into an agricultural college before the governors decided to sell it to fund educational developments.

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