YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Talks Playing Live - "If You Go To Two Of The Shows, They’re Very Different; This Is How I Keep The Thing Alive"

June 14, 2014, 3 years ago

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Guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen is featured in a new interview with Highway 81 Revisited. An excerpt from the story is available below:

“A lot of people probably get the idea that I’m this extremely calculated kind of guy, and in a lot of ways I am,” Malmsteen told Highway 81 Revisited while cruising around in a convertible in his adopted hometown of Miami Beach. “But when it comes to music or artistic expression, I’m very uncalculated and do things very spontaneous. If I didn’t do that, I wouldn’t want to do this anymore. I can’t just play the same thing over and over, it would drive me crazy.

“So for instance, if I do a regular show, like 20 minutes before the show, I say to the tour manager, ‘Here’s the setlist,’ and it’s not the same setlist as the night before. And I say to the tour manager, ‘Print them out and put them on the stage.’ So now everybody has a setlist. And once I hit the stage, I’ll play a different setlist anyway. If you go to two of the shows, they’re very different. This is how I keep the thing alive, this is how I stay inspired.”

Go to this location for the complete interview.

Malmsteen is on the road on the Guitar Gods 2014 tour, with Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Guns N' Roses) and Gary Hoey in tow. Dates are as follows:


14 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
17 - Bergen Performing Arts Center- Englewood, NJ
20 - Arcada Theatre - St. Charles, IL
21 - Phoenix Theatre - Toronto, ON
26 - Showbox Theatre - Seattle, WA
27 - Roseland Theater - Portland, OR


3 - Saban Theatre - Beverly Hills, CA
8 - Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ

Guitarist Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions) recently issued the following statement in regards to Yngwie Malmsteen's Guitar Gods 2014 tour:

"Unfortunately we are forced to cancel my participation in this tour due to unforeseen circumstances which are beyond our control. We don't know why, but work Visas got mysteriously delayed for no apparent reason to the point where we were left with no other reasonable choice but to cancel at this late stage.

In over 30 years of obtaining US visas this has never happened to me, but I guess there's always a first.

I would have loved to play for the North American audience on this tour, like so many times before, but I'm sure my three guitar-playing friends will be just fine without me and will more than make up for it with their considerable skills. I'm wishing them best luck and lots of inspiration!!!"

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