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(NPR)   An interview with guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, who sees himself as "a bit" of an extremist   (npr.org) divider line 44
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2013-05-11 04:20:16 PM
Seems? Really, does nobody proofread anymore? You got his name right but you can't spell sees?
 
2013-05-11 04:27:32 PM

show me: Seems? Really, does nobody proofread anymore? You got his name right but you can't spell sees?


You must not be familiar with the typical fan of Yngwie J. Malmsteen's work.

/Only listens to Yngwie R. Malmsteen, because I'm cool that way.
 
2013-05-11 06:00:56 PM
Norm:  That's the most ridiculous name I've ever heard!

Coach:  Norm, you're talkin' about out next president!
 
2013-05-11 06:06:28 PM
I object to the tags.  David St. Hubbins is not the lead guitarist for Spinal Tap, Nigel Tufnel is!

Yngwie was pretty good on Alcatrazz's first album.  Then he heard he should move to Los Angeles for the good of the group, and a new soloist was born.  Good on him!

/Then Steve Vai ate all the table scraps
 
2013-05-11 06:06:49 PM
Yngwie Malmsteem and Cy Young, two guys who are always referred to by both first and last names.
 
2013-05-11 06:08:53 PM
But the unintended consequence of the social welfare system was that it basically killed your ambition to try for anything out of the ordinary or to strive to reach higher goals

I know the only reason I ever strive to achieve anything is the thought of freezing to death on the street or dying if I get sick.
 
2013-05-11 06:14:41 PM
Heard this guys name a billion times but I for the life of me couldn't name one song from the guy. Kind of exemplified the soulless metal stuff coming out in that era. All technique over emotion, which ain't the best way to make good music.
 
2013-05-11 06:39:39 PM

hogans: I object to the tags.  David St. Hubbins is not the lead guitarist for Spinal Tap, Nigel Tufnel is!

Yngwie was pretty good on Alcatrazz's first album.  Then he heard he should move to Los Angeles for the good of the group, and a new soloist was born.  Good on him!

/Then Steve Vai ate all the table scraps


You must have heard Steeler then too.
 
2013-05-11 06:50:24 PM

show me: Seems? Really, does nobody proofread anymore? You got his name right but you can't spell sees?


I know!  Amazing... isn't' it!

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2013-05-11 06:53:30 PM
"I don't like farking doughnuts!"

Pantera rules.
 
2013-05-11 07:04:13 PM
This interview was dildos.
 
2013-05-11 07:23:31 PM

fusillade762: But the unintended consequence of the social welfare system was that it basically killed your ambition to try for anything out of the ordinary or to strive to reach higher goals

I know the only reason I ever strive to achieve anything is the thought of freezing to death on the street or dying if I get sick.


OTOH, IIRC one of the reasons there are a shiatload of metal bands in Scandinavia is that social security/welfare lets them dedicate to music without fear of going 100% without a safety net.
 
2013-05-11 07:28:18 PM
Ah, Malmsteen, the epitome of soulless, boring, self-indulgent "shredding." Go away, already.
 
2013-05-11 07:41:24 PM
Yngwie Malmsteen is the Swedish Eddie Van Halen: a very talented guitarist who is also a massively egotistical prick who drives away his bandmates.
 
2013-05-11 07:44:51 PM
Saw him in I think '85 at Day on the Green in Oakland.  Metallica with Cliff Burton, Y & T, Ratt, and the Scorps.  Dude was awesome.
 
2013-05-11 07:55:02 PM
Meh. His "Unleash the farking fury" tantrum was more entertaining than most of his intentional catalog.

/except "Far Beyond the Sun"
 
2013-05-11 08:01:29 PM

darkjezter: Yngwie Malmsteen is the Swedish Eddie Van Halen: a very talented guitarist who is also a massively egotistical prick who drives away his bandmates.


And can play "Eruption" with his teeth.
 
2013-05-11 08:16:42 PM
In high school I really got into his album "Trilogy" for some reason. It was pure ham 'n' cheese on wry but it satisfied that part of me that was craving blistering scale runs and pseudo-medieval lyrics.
 
2013-05-11 08:28:44 PM

TheJoe03: Heard this guys name a billion times but I for the life of me couldn't name one song from the guy. Kind of exemplified the soulless metal stuff coming out in that era. All technique over emotion, which ain't the best way to make good music.


You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget

/no really, that's a song of his
//and a pretty good song
 
2013-05-11 08:31:28 PM
I play guitar; I'm decent, can get the job done. Over the years, in talking with lots of other players, we've all seemed to agree on one point:
Going "wheedly-wheedly-wheedly-wheedly-wheedly" over and over again ain't music; it's masturbation.

And no one cares that the solo you just played was in X Minor Demolished mode or what-TF-ever. Shut up and play something that sounds good.

Technically difficult =/= good.
 
2013-05-11 08:45:14 PM
"Yngvi is a louse!"

/obsure?
 
2013-05-11 08:45:19 PM
Malmsteen is one of the few guitarists with an ego as big as Ritchie Blackmore's.
 
2013-05-11 09:01:12 PM

DrBrydon: "Yngvi is a louse!"

/obsure?


Only if you don't have a syllogismobile.
 
2013-05-11 09:05:10 PM
I remember hearing all about Malmsteen back in the day, so I poined up a couple of bucks for one of his albums...and I was amazed at how much I didn't like it. The singer was awful (don't even remember who it was) and the guitar playing was this million-notes-a-second nonsense that just totally missed it with me.

I'm not a big fan of shredders anyway. My wife bought a "G3" video tape a long while back; Satriani and Vai totally bored me. Eric Johnson was a welcome relief by the time he got his segment.
 
2013-05-11 09:10:07 PM

zappaisfrank: I remember hearing all about Malmsteen back in the day, so I poined up a couple of bucks for one of his albums...and I was amazed at how much I didn't like it. The singer was awful (don't even remember who it was) and the guitar playing was this million-notes-a-second nonsense that just totally missed it with me.

I'm not a big fan of shredders anyway. My wife bought a "G3" video tape a long while back; Satriani and Vai totally bored me. Eric Johnson was a welcome relief by the time he got his segment.


I actually like Satriani, he's got a sense of humor in his playing. The other shredders are hard to take for more than a song or two. Johnson is fine but he can get a bit precious at times.
 
2013-05-11 09:24:43 PM
If you are going to be awesome you have to be sort of a prick.  I've played guitar for 24 years, I'd love to be able to shred but never could get to that level.  I saw Yngwie about 14 years ago for the first time.  He was bloated and actually had his shirt unbuttoned so his gut hung out.  Gross.

However, once he started playing it was amazing.  One of the best performances I've seen and I really wanted to not like it.
 
2013-05-11 09:54:46 PM

MadAzza: Ah, Malmsteen, the epitome of soulless, boring, self-indulgent "shredding."


I bought his first 2 albums (this was pre-CD).  While amazed at his playing, it was some of the most boring, soul-less crap I've ever heard.  Hell, when I warm up with scales I put more feeling into it.
 
2013-05-11 10:00:37 PM
Yngwie's first album was groundbreaking, much like VH and Randy. After that he just copied himself,  BUT, that should not dim his contributions.
 
2013-05-11 10:21:42 PM

DrBrydon: "Yngvi is a louse!"

/obsure?


Don't say anything about the guard's nose.
 
2013-05-11 10:35:04 PM
I saw him in concert back in the mid 80's, I think he was opening for Dio. His solo seemed to drag on for twenty minutes. I went to the bathroom and came back and he was still going. When it finished the place cheered and and started chanting for the main act.
 
2013-05-11 10:53:44 PM
Say what you want about Yngwie, but he did he did change guitar playing and most players are still trying to emulate him today. He pretty much invented sweep arpeggios and he is still the best at it. His songs may have been boring the last twenty years or so, but his talent is unsurpassed.
 
2013-05-11 11:15:21 PM
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2013-05-11 11:33:02 PM

drkats: Say what you want about Yngwie, but he did he did change guitar playing and most players are still trying to emulate him today. He pretty much invented sweep arpeggios and he is still the best at it. His songs may have been boring the last twenty years or so, but his talent is unsurpassed.


You can't deny the influence, I'd add bringing the neo-classical influence into metal, but my god is everything besides the guitar absolutely boring in his music.
 
2013-05-11 11:44:08 PM
I agree with every negative comment made about Yngwie, but must admit that I still love the album Marching Out.
 
2013-05-11 11:58:52 PM
Discovered Yngwie when "Rising Force" was released. Not many people in my H.S. knew about him.
 
2013-05-12 12:02:34 AM
musicalisme.com
 
2013-05-12 12:37:19 AM
Despite being somewhat of a guitar geek, I never really got into much of that shred stuff. Then again, my idea of a guitar hero is more along the lines of Rowland S. Howard or Helios Creed. Still, The Great Kat can be a fun listen every once in a while. Her music is something like an even more ridiculous version of Venom mixed with shred. Here are a couple of her videos:

Metal Messiah: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JxKbdu7L_8
Beethoven Mosh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-FspyiKS6M

It's best suited for times when you've either had a little too much coffee or you're so inebriated that watching Gymkata sounds like a good idea.
 
2013-05-12 01:38:32 AM
I can't imagine being a musician and not wanting to better yourself.  Using a painting analogy, you can't paint the Sistine Chapel unless you have a lot of colors on your palette.  You can choose to not use them all, but it's better to have them.

Yngwie raised the bar and as a guitarist, I see it as something to be admired, not scorned.  Shred is good.
 
2013-05-12 09:05:56 AM
 Like him or hate him, you have to admit that he sure can play the guitar quickly and without an ounce of soul.

He's kind of ridiculous but as a music nerd I am going to get his book because I'd like to hear what he has to say and it would be the perfect counterpoint to the Yo La Tengo/Goodbye 20th Century books I just downloaded.
 
2013-05-12 10:02:46 AM

Commander Salamander: I agree with every negative comment made about Yngwie, but must admit that I still love the album Marching Out.


I got you beat. I remember hearing "hot on your heels" by Steeler(Yngwie's first band when Mike Varney brought him over from Sweden) on a Friday night metal show on the radio. I was literally jumping up and down and screaming into the telephone with my guitar playing friends. It was as if Richie Blackmore got "better" which we thought was impossible.
 
2013-05-12 10:56:19 AM

Some Bass Playing Guy: Malmsteen is one of the few guitarists with an ego as big as Ritchie Blackmore's.


It was funny when he pitched a fit that Deep Purple didn't take him on tour.
"I'm better than that farking Steve Morse!"
LOL. No you're not. Besides, who'd want to tour with a douche
 
2013-05-12 11:16:11 AM
I met him and Steve Vai and Joe Satriani at a Meet and Greet on one of the G3 tours.

Joe and Steve were the first out at the tables and were cordial and polite.  Malmsteen, despite being the first one on that night, showed up 25 minutes later, slumped down in his chair and proceeded to act like he wanted to be anywhere else but there.

I went through the line and Steve signed my pass, signed a CD and the backplate of my UV777BK.  Nice guy and was kind enough to indulge me with holding his hand up to mine to compare finger lengths.

Joe and I chatted about snowboarding and help up the line for awhile.  One of the most genuine guys you could meet.  He had me write down a few resorts out this way that he needed to get to before he died.  He signed my pass and a CD.

When I got to Yngwie he was still acting like a child so I had him sign an ATM slip and walked away.  He saw that Joe and Steve had signed my pass and was about to ask if I wanted him to sign it when I walked away.

CSB....I know!
 
2013-05-12 11:51:20 AM
CSB!

I have an old friend who is now a record producer.  In the day he was doing roadie stuff, etc.  Malmsteen has this habit of putting his pick in his mouth when he's doing fancy-fingered fiddlythings.  Malsteen, it turns out, is a farkin' asshole.  So, when said friend was preparing for Malsteen's set, he carefully ran each pick up n down in the sweaty, nasty roadie crack of his ass, before he put it in the pick-holder thingy.  Malmsten repeadetly made an odd face throughout the set when he'd stick his pick in his mouth.
 
2013-05-12 03:32:07 PM
I've met quite a few "RockStars". Most are jerks because of 24/7 You Are The Greatest!

I've met Yngwie a few times well past a meet and greet. Chat fishing or golf or anything beyond a stage show and he's OK. He played trumpet as a kid.

csb:
He showed me some bass licks. We decided Rotosound and a thin neck was the best.
/csb
 
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