REVIEW: Yngwie Malmsteen @ 170 Russell

Yngwie

There’s no question that Yngwie Malmsteen is one of the greatest, fastest and most excessive rock guitarists of all time. But you don’t really get an appreciation for just how good he is until you experience it in person. Yngwie just continues to get better and better, which is no mean feat when you consider how great he was right out of the gate. So, having missed his last Australian tour and his clinic tour, I was really excited to catch Yngwie this time around. Read More …

INTERVIEW: Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie

Yngwie Malmsteen is the undisputed master of neoclassical guitar. Other players like Richie Blackmore and Uli Jon Roth had explored elements of the style but none pushed it to quite the extremes that Yngwie did. A million guitarists arose in his wake to try to copy what he was doing but none have managed to capture Yngwie’s pure power and dazzling technique. As Yngwie himself puts it when discussing the various Yngwie clones who sprung up over the years, “And that’s why I call myself Yngwie J Malmsteen, not to be confused with all the other Yngwie Malmsteens.” And Yngwie will hit Australia in June for his first concert tour since 2006 (tickets here). Read More …

INTERVIEW: Yngwie J Malmsteen

Yngwie

Yngwie Malmsteen is the undisputed master of neoclassical guitar. Other players like Richie Blackmore and Uli Jon Roth had explored elements of the style but none pushed it to quite the extremes that Yngwie did. A million guitarists arose in his wake to try to copy what he was doing but none have managed to capture Yngwie’s pure power and dazzling technique. As Yngwie himself puts it when discussing the various Yngwie clones who sprung up over the years, “And that’s why I call myself Yngwie J Malmsteen, not to be confused with all the other Yngwie Malmsteens.” And Yngwie is about to hit Australia for his first concert tour since 2006 (tickets here). Read More …

Yngwie Malmsteen Oz/NZ Tour Announced!

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:

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INTERVIEW: Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt

Opeth Opeth unashamedly alienated some of their fan base with their 2011 album Heritage. While a large portion of their fans were drawn to the Swedesh masters for their progressive death metal leanings, Heritage was primarily inspired by 70s fusion in the style of John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra – and there wasn’t a single death-growl to be heard anywhere. And now, with Pale Communion, Opeth has moved sideways again, a little away from some of the jazzier moments of Heritage and towards more of a 1970s progressive rock feel, while still a million miles removed from death metal. It’s an album which will challenge some fans while thrilling others, but the overall impression from a chat with frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt is that he’s driven solely by his artistry, and this is what he’s feeling right now.  Read More …

NAMM: Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Overdrive & More

yjmodYngwie Malmsteen is one of those players who are in the enviable position of being able to put their name on pretty much anything because fans trust them, trust their ears and trust their choices. And if they make a change, it’s more about the tone and the support than anything financial. Yngwie has more experience than most in putting gear through utterly devastating real-world testing – ever seen that dude chuck a guitar or consign one to the fiery pits of hell? – and he’s just lent his name to a series of Fender accessories (to go with his signature Strat and Seymour Duncan YJM Fury pickups, of course) including new strings, cables, a guitar bag (with leopard-print lining of course) a clip-on tuner and, most interesting of all, a new overdrive pedal which is an update of the design he has used previously. Compared to his old DOD YJM308 signature overdrive, this new one features increased gain. And it looks cool, of course. Here’s Fender’s press release. Read More …

Yngwie Malmsteen Australian Clinic Tour

YngwiePicThe mighty Yngwie J. Malmsteen is heading to Australia this December for clinics in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. This is an unprecedented opportunity to see two hours’ worth of the master demonstrating his skills up close. This isn’t something Yngwie does very often – ever?!? – so I can certainly imagine folks making the trip to Australia from other countries to be a part of this. And if that sounds like something you’d consider doing, might I recommend Melbourne as your clinic of choice? We can do beers afterwards.

Here are the ticketing details: Read More …

The colour of the universe: Yngwie

See that up above? That’s the average colour of the universe. NASA determined this by computationally averaging the light emitted by one of the largest sample of galaxies yet analysed (the 200,000 galaxies of the 2dF survey). The resulting cosmic spectrum has some emission in all parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, but a single perceived composite color.

Does the colour look familiar?

 Well, maybe not quite, but it’s close, yeah?

That’s the Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster. That’s an old pic: the current version comes with Seymour Duncan YJM Fury pickups.