"GUITAR VIRTUOSO YNGWIE MALMSTEEN TO UNLEASH THE FURY ON NORTH AMERICA THIS FALL: MALMSTEEN'S FIRST NORTH AMERICAN TOUR IN MORE THAN THREE YEARS KICKS OFF IN OCTOBER."
That was the introduction in bold print, announcing Yngwie's newest album. Just look as some of his comments below and behold how self-absorbed they sound.
That's because Yngwie is an awesome guitarist.
And he knows it.
He's like the Ron Burgandy of guitarists, "He everyone! Come see how great I am!"
And there will be fans who do exactly that.
Sure, you can make the argument of the claim of how good he really is or question the soul of what he's really doing inside all those notes, but let's not forget the first time you heard Yngwie, marveling at the speed in which he was shredding.
The cynicism came later-and is probably deserved-but you can't deny the jaw-dropping method you witnessed on first glance. For a brief moment, you were willing to admit that Yngwie was one of the greatest guitarists ever.
The moment he opened his mouth to agree with your thoughts is the same moment you looked for reasons to disagree with him and put his ego in check just a bit.
Here's the press release:
(New York, NY) - It's been a long wait for American and Canadian fans...but come this October guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen will make his triumphant return to North American stages with a Fall headlining tour. In support of Malmsteen's latest release, Relentless, the trek will kick off on Thursday, October 13th at New York City's Irving Plaza. Please see below for the itinerary, more dates will be announced shortly. Of the upcoming dates, Malmsteen commented, "I am very much looking forward to playing new pieces from Relentless, as well as Malmsteen classics. Fans can expect the unexpected...I raise the bar with every performance I do and this tour will be no different."
Released late last year, Yngwie Malmsteen's aptly-named latest album, Relentless, contains more than 60 minutes of new material and showcases the guitar great at his best with the signature virtuosity and mind-blowing technical speed for which he has come to be known. The album also features striking vocals from Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth), who first collaborated with Malmsteen on 2008's critically-acclaimed Perpetual Flame (Malmsteen's first album for the Rising Force Records label). Relentless has received rave reviews from both critics and fans alike. Malmsteen recently graced the February cover of Guitar Player, with the magazine avowing, "Relentless continues the guitarist's long string of insane, epic and jaw-dropping releases."
For nearly three decades, Grammy-nominated Swedish guitar icon Yngwie Malmsteen has been amazing audiences with dazzling technical speed and ability. Malmsteen's signature style of playing, which combines elements of seemingly disparate styles of music - metal and classical, spawned the now commonplace genres of heavy metal known as "shred guitar" and "neo classical" and earned Malmsteen the title "the Paganini of heavy metal". Malmsteen was the first guitarist to have his own Fender signature guitar model (even before Eric Clapton). He has graced the cover of more than 200 magazines worldwide, has won every guitar award imaginable and to date, has sold millions of records. Time recently named Malmsteen one of the "Top Ten Greatest Electric Guitar Players", an honor he shared with the likes of Les Paul, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix. "Guitar Hero" enthusiasts know they have arrived when they are bestowed with the Yngwie Malmsteen award in the Xbox 360 version of "Guitar Hero 2". The award signifies a 1000+ note streak in succession.
Yngwie Malmsteen North American headlining tour:
13 New York, NY Irving Plaza
15 Silver Lake, MD Fillmore
18 Montreal, QC Club Soda
19 Toronto, ON Phoenix
21 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
23 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
26 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
28 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues
29 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia
1 Houston, TX House Of Blues
2 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
5 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution