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  posted on 3/14/2012 at 11:55 AM
I've never liked Yngwie Malmsteen (his playing or his ego).

There is plenty of ego contained in this Guitar World Achive article. There was a link to this in the Guitar World daily email.

http://www.guitarworld.com/archive-yngwie-malmsteen-critiques-playing-his-p eers-1994-blindfold-test?page=0,0

[Edited on 3/14/2012 by aekdbmoid]

 

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  posted on 3/14/2012 at 12:16 PM
That was an extremely entertaining read.

 

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  posted on 3/14/2012 at 12:34 PM
Interesting read. Yngwie is such a pompous assclown. One of the biggest egoes on this planet.

 

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  posted on 3/14/2012 at 01:02 PM
^^^^ what dutch fan said. Very entertaining indeed to read though. Was his "review" of Jessica the only one where he didn't throw any darts or jabs or backhanded compliments?

And I can't believe a guitarist of Yngwie's caliber (for lack of a better word) by the mid-1990s had never heard "Jessica" or Jeff Beck's "Blow By Blow" album. Feigning ignorance, I do believe.

 

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  posted on 3/14/2012 at 01:07 PM
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That was an extremely entertaining read.


My thoughts exactly. Wow!

 

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  posted on 3/14/2012 at 01:34 PM
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^^^^ what dutch fan said. Very entertaining indeed to read though. Was his "review" of Jessica the only one where he didn't throw any darts or jabs or backhanded compliments?

And I can't believe a guitarist of Yngwie's caliber (for lack of a better word) by the mid-1990s had never heard "Jessica" or Jeff Beck's "Blow By Blow" album. Feigning ignorance, I do believe.


No. He is full blown ignorant. I have met plenty of "rock stars" who were assh*les but Yngwie is the only one that I almost punched out. Arrogant does not begin to describe him. Funny he is critical of others and yet he is a one trick pony. Plays the same scales very fast but has done it for an entire career. Was interesting on the first album but after 15? Not so much.

 

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  posted on 3/14/2012 at 01:53 PM
What an ego! Blow By Blow is, in my opinion, a masterpiece of guitar. Any style of guitar. CAUSE WE'VE ENDED AS LOVERS may be the best piece on the album. I had one Malmsteen LP back when I was in college, I think I listened to it ONCE. 'Nuff said.

 

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  posted on 3/14/2012 at 02:12 PM
What's ironic is he says, "I like it. Very inventive twin-lead guitar in the beginning." It's not twin guitar, it's guitar, piano and organ in harmony. Dope!

 

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  posted on 3/14/2012 at 02:47 PM
I totally agree with his take on Pantera:

"As far as the singing goes, I couldn't find enough words to describe my disgust. Because it's really not singing. It sounds like somebody is either shoving something up the vocalist's ass, or something is coming out of his ass and mouth at the same time. It's a stupid excuse for being someone who stands in front of a mic stand."

I love metal but there are too many I can't listen to because of the "modern" vocal style. Give me Dio, Halford or Dickinson any day.

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  posted on 3/14/2012 at 03:02 PM
here's another one I agree with whole heartedly

"THE CURE, "PURPLE HAZE"
Stone Free: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix, Reprise (1993)

Total blasphemy! You don't make "Purple Haze" into a f()ckin' rap song! You just don't! The mere thought makes me want to puke! It's like converting a Rolls Royce into a Volkswagen.

Whoever these guys are, they should be shot!"

 

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  posted on 3/14/2012 at 04:12 PM
My buddy always called him Wiggly Hamstrings.

He was likely skipped on purpose for the Hendrix tribute. He always plays Spanish Castle Magic and ends up playing a million notes. I think he believes that he plays it just as Hendrix would. Starts out OK and ends up sounding like all his other stuff. Same when he covers a Deep Purple tune although I think he does a better job with Purple.

 

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  posted on 3/14/2012 at 06:58 PM
I remember when we saw Yngwie open up for Triumph at the Worcester Centrum in 1987. Not even half-way through his set, my two buddies and I looked at each other with rolling eyes and one of us said, I think we're ready for Triumph to come on.

 

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  posted on 3/14/2012 at 08:45 PM
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At the time Pantera was edgy and that whole style of metal was a revolt against the hair crap from the 80's (can't say I blame them!). I guess they had to nail home their point.

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Hate to tell ya this but this is the same guys that recorded Cowboys From Hell pnly a year or so after this photo was taken.



Back to the topic. Our joke in the band I was in when Malmsteen first appeared with Steeler in El Lay was......Yngwie "J" Malmsteen, to seperate him from all the other Yngwie Malmsteens

I saw him get his @$$ kicked in the parking lot behind The Country Club in Reseda by a transvestite. He copped a feel and had a bad reaction to his object of affection having too much bass in their voice. He swung on them and the rest is history. Killer Alcatrazz by the way.

As absurd as what others think of his opinion)s) Likewise, is his view of others towards him. Who cares ?

 

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  posted on 3/14/2012 at 08:53 PM
Laughed when I read the same hair band comment about Pantera.

Wiggie did need the "J" to keep people from being confused.

 

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  posted on 3/15/2012 at 12:54 AM
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I totally agree with his take on Pantera:

"As far as the singing goes, I couldn't find enough words to describe my disgust. Because it's really not singing. It sounds like somebody is either shoving something up the vocalist's ass, or something is coming out of his ass and mouth at the same time. It's a stupid excuse for being someone who stands in front of a mic stand."

I love metal but there are too many I can't listen to because of the "modern" vocal style. Give me Dio, Halford or Dickinson any day.

[Edited on 3/14/2012 by jfk2112]



At the time Pantera was edgy and that whole style of metal was a revolt against the hair crap from the 80's (can't say I blame them!). I guess they had to nail home their point.

I don't think Pantera has aged particularly well but at the time it was good stuff. Think about the crap that was playing on the radio at the same time. Metal like that was exciting and edgy. There are bands who took it a LOT further that they did.





man pantera spent almost a decade trying to make it as a hatir band. it didn't work and they saw the trend was dying and jumped off. they took up groove metal which was already an underground movement started by other a few years before cowboys from hell was released. pantera mixed groove metal with thrash and made it commercial enough to sell albums.

 

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  posted on 3/15/2012 at 01:03 AM
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^^^^ what dutch fan said. Very entertaining indeed to read though. Was his "review" of Jessica the only one where he didn't throw any darts or jabs or backhanded compliments?

And I can't believe a guitarist of Yngwie's caliber (for lack of a better word) by the mid-1990s had never heard "Jessica" or Jeff Beck's "Blow By Blow" album. Feigning ignorance, I do believe.


yngwie is influenced by deep purple, hendrix and then pretty much classical music. i don't find it odd to believe he never heard those songs as thats not his thing

 

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  posted on 3/15/2012 at 06:28 AM
The only "rock star" I ever met that I wanted to slug in the face... Total assclown.

 

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  posted on 3/15/2012 at 07:16 AM
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The only "rock star" I ever met that I wanted to slug in the face... Total assclown.



Do tell.


Didnt do anything to me per se, but I was in line to have him sign something after a show.
There were a few younger kids ( maybe 15-16) in front of me that obviously idolized the guy.. but they were respectful. They were trying to talk to him and all he did was just scribble on thier pic, and literally brushed them off. Even did a little eye rolling as they walked away.
I left the line and never saw him again - and I wont.

And on top of that, during the show he went after someone in the crowd that was mouthing off during one of his acoustic parts.. Didnt hit him, but came damn close.

 

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  posted on 3/15/2012 at 07:28 AM
First of all, I am not a fan of "shredder" guitar. I do respect all the hard work and practice that goes into "fingertip gymnastics", but it kind of gets back to the idea of melody vs. monster.

To me - for me, a single note bent at the correct moment can bring tears. It's sweet. It's about something. It can literally move you. The shredders (goes into Billy Bob-Slingblade voice) ... just makes me nervous.

The interview, itself reminds me of a similar one with Ted Nugent that I read back in the 70's. Ted pretty much dissed everybody. He liked Jim McCarty (Cactus), and seemed to respect the Allman Brothers (he did suggest that Duane was an @sshole for using drugs).

I know a lot of very talented players. A few of them seem to only like players that play styles similar to their own or are equally dismissive of other players. The absolute best that I know are a lot more tolerable and open minded to other styles and genres.

A$$ kicked by a tranny iin a parking lot? Where were the cel phone cameras?

 

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  posted on 3/15/2012 at 09:39 AM
Boss2005 said....regarding Pantera
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Different band lineup but yeah.



Anselmo joined in 1987......So that pretty much splits the time frame mentioned by Matt

Rusty said......regarding Malmsteen
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A$$ kicked by a tranny iin a parking lot? Where were the cel phone cameras?


It was 1984

 

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I remember when we saw Yngwie open up for Triumph at the Worcester Centrum in 1987. Not even half-way through his set, my two buddies and I looked at each other with rolling eyes and one of us said, I think we're ready for Triumph to come on.


I was at that show! Yngwie was forgettable - just not my cup of tea. Triumph was great. IIRC, Gil Moore had lasers lighting his kit during the drum solo, which kinda blew my fragile little mind

 

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^^^^ what dutch fan said. Very entertaining indeed to read though. Was his "review" of Jessica the only one where he didn't throw any darts or jabs or backhanded compliments?

And I can't believe a guitarist of Yngwie's caliber (for lack of a better word) by the mid-1990s had never heard "Jessica" or Jeff Beck's "Blow By Blow" album. Feigning ignorance, I do believe.


No. He is full blown ignorant. I have met plenty of "rock stars" who were assh*les but Yngwie is the only one that I almost punched out. Arrogant does not begin to describe him. Funny he is critical of others and yet he is a one trick pony. Plays the same scales very fast but has done it for an entire career. Was interesting on the first album but after 15? Not so much.


Thats funny, Yngwie could probably use a good beating. From what I have heard he is difficult to say the least. The first one is good though.

 

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  posted on 3/16/2012 at 08:20 AM
A friend was working with him/company that day so I decided to let this guy continue standing. Didn't want to cause issues for my friend.

I have heard plenty of stories about him getting a beat down or punch to the head for his arrogant personality and doesn't seem to have changed him at all. Probably never would. He used to hang at the Button South in Florida and I have been told there was more than one occasion where he got thumped.

His first album and Marching Out are good albums that are his peak for me.

 

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  posted on 3/16/2012 at 09:06 AM
Ok I just couldn't stay out. I like Yngwie for some reason. Yes he is a pompous ass - the quintessential spoiled rock star, but ... he did pretty much single handedly create a musical genere, neo-classical heavy metal. His come back to those would be detractors who use the "one-trick-pony" tag is this IS what he created, it is what he does and he has stayed true to the course. Absolutely nobody wonders when AC/DC is going to do a disco album or a "new" country record. Yngwie is one of those figures like Eddie Van Halen, Steve Howe, Jimmy Page, etc. that sent countless guitarists back to the woodshed to spend countless hours trying to cop their unique vibe. For better or worse if you don't have Yngwie, you don't have Paul Gilbert or any of that Shrapnel stable of guitarists who pushed the required minimal skill that one needs to possess today to call oneself a guitarist. No you can't just sloppily bend a note and call it a solo. Dang it!!!

Just a few other random points this thread has bought up:

1. The first Alcatrazz album is killer! I'd love to have a copy on CD. Way ahead of it's time.

2. Yngwie is guaranteed to say something controversial (pompous). That is why he is interviewed so often by most guitar mags soliciting his opinion. Look at it this way. Stick a mic in front of Butchie long enough and he's going to say something stupid. Generally it isn't a long wait.

3. Big Dave I thought Les Dudek played the harmony leads on "Jessica." According to Les he actually co-wrote the song. You can pull Dickey and Duane Betts on youtube showing you how to play "Jessica." So yes it is twin guitar and always has been. I'm not sure what your comment was about.

4.CandadianMule you didn't chime in with your Yngwie story. Don't leave us hanging ...

5. Jeff Beck is a great guitarist. Wired, Blow By Blow, There And Back are essential albums for jazz fusion players. Unfortunately I'm very luke warm towards a lot of Beck's other material. His incessant whammy bar warbling does sound a little out of tune to me. But do it enough and ... it becomes part of the Lexicon.

6. I actually liked the Cure's take on "Purple Haze." It was the only track on that particular album that didn't sound like a poor copy of the originals (with excetion to "Stone Free" ... maybe). I mean really. What if Hendrix did a note-for-note copy of Dylan. Jeeze! You didn't have to spend $12-$20 for the CD (or whatever it cost when released) for the CD when you could easily see somebody in a bar doing a similar job. There is no reason to own this CD except for the Cure track IMO.

Anyway the article was interesting. So were the following comments.

 

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  posted on 3/16/2012 at 09:36 AM
One last thing Yngwie was still 30 years old at the time of this interview. Man I was still a pompous ass at 30. So glad I grew out of it. Lol!

 

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