Yngwie MalmsteenYES! It’s been far too long since I’ve seen the mighty Yngwie J. Malmsteen onstage. After visiting this year for a guitar masterclass for Thump Music (whose next tour is Devin Townsend), Yngwie is returning to Australia and New Zealand in February 2015 to slay us all with his otherworldly talents. And there are VIP tickets available granting access to an exclusive Q&A session. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Yngwie and he was intelligent, informative and freaking hilarious. If you’ve read his interviews in print you’re missing a lot of the context and humour in his voice and mannerisms, something you can only pick up by talking to the guy, so this is a great chance for a lucky few to do that.

Here’s the press release:

PRESS RELEASE: Yngwie J. Malmsteen has been blowing minds across the globe with his incredible guitar skills and showmanship for over 35 years and in February 2015, Yngwie and his band will be returning to Australia and New Zealand for the first time in a decade to strike awe into the legions of guitar fans. The Swedish born, but now US based, guitar legend is venerated as one of the founders of the art of guitar shredding. His neo-classical style and the sheer speed of his playing made him the most notable musician in the genre, and he has influenced a new era of music and guitarists alike.

But Yngwie is not known purely for the speed with which his fingers fly up and down the guitar neck. Yes, Malmsteen’s playing is fast, but there’s a crystal clarity to each of his notes that few can imitate. From his ground breaking early work with Steeler and Alcatraz, through his time alongsideJoe Satriani and Steve Vai as a member of G3, to his more recent forays leading the Guitar Gods there are few that can compare to Yngwie J. Malmsteen.

Over more than 25 astounding albums the Grammy nominated Malmsteen has unleashed countless fretboard blistering solos, with both Fender and Marshall honouring him with his own model guitar and amplifier.

Don’t miss your chance to see the Master of the Stratocaster live in person, and for those extra dedicated fans there are VIP tickets available granting access to an exclusive Q&A session, and for a few very lucky fans the extremely rare opportunity to meet Yngwie J. Malmsteen in person.

Far from just being a high-speed and volume artist, his deep knowledge of music theory differentiates him from other shredders.” – High Octane Music News

Yngwie J. Malmsteen Australia & New Zealand Tour Dates

February 5th – Powerstation, Auckland, NZ

February 6th – The Metro, Sydney

February 7th – The Forum, Melbourne

February 8th – The Tivoli, Brisbane

February 10th – Hellenic Hall, Hobart

February 11th – HQ, Adelaide

February 12th – The Astor, Perth

General Public onsale date – Thursday 2nd October 12.00 midday AEST from www.tombowler.com.au/yngwiemalmsteen

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