This Swedish, Strat. Strappin’ guitar god has been slinging strings ever since he was heavily influenced by classical music, particularly 19th century violinist composer Niccolo Paganini. Malmsteen’s most important guitar influence is Ritchie Blackmore, but also thought that watching the 1970 TV special with Jimi Hendrix smashing and burning his guitar was really cool.
In 1984, Malmsteen released his first solo album Rising Force, which was meant to be an instrumental side-project. However, this album ended up featuring vocals and won the Guitar Player Magazine’s award for Best Rock Album. Rising Force was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental, reach no. 60 on the Billboard album chart.
Yngwie’s Neo-classical style of metal became extremely popular among some guitarists during the mid-1980s.In late 1988, Malmsteen’s signature Fender Stratocaster guitar was released. This made him and Eric Clapton the first artists to be honored by Fender.
June 9th was the first time that I had ever seen Yngwie live. Although I have been a huge fan since Rising Force, witnessing his arrogance on stage has left a bitter taste within me. I will always admire his style of playing and his talent. However, on stage he acted as if he were the only one there. Quite certain the band members Ralph Ciavolino(Bass, vocals), Mark Ellis (Drums, Percussion) and Nick Marino (Keyboards, Vocals) looked to be shoved to the side of the stage as Yngwie was the “star” of the show.
Rock Stars will be Rock Stars……….I suppose.