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Happy birthday, Yngwie Malmsteen

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Yngwie Malmsteen, 2012 - performing in Gavle (Sweden)

Yngwie Malmsteen, 2012 - performing in Gavle (Sweden)

Happy birthday, Yngwie Malmsteen...
Born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck on June 30 1963 in Stockholm, Sweden, Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter.
Steve Huey of Allmusic said "Yngwie Malmsteen is arguably the most technically accomplished hard rock guitarist to emerge during the '80s."
At the age of 10, Yngwie and a classmate of his created his first band, Track on Earth.
When he was a teenager, classical music highly influenced him. He was mostly influenced by 19th century virtuoso violinist composer Niccolò Paganini. He also said Brian May and Uli Jon Roth are significant influences for him but his most important influence is Ritchie Blackmore.
When Malmsteen was 18 (1982), Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records took him to the US after hearing a demo tape of his playing from the 1978 titled Demo Powerhouse.
He plays guitar on Alcatrazz' debut album, No Parole from Rock 'n' Roll, released in 1984 (lineup then : Graham Bonnet (vocals), Yngwie Malmsteen (guitar), Gary Shea (bass), Jan Uvena (drums) and Jimmy Waldo (keyboards)).
In 1984, he released his first album solo, which was originally supposed to be only an instrumental side-project of Alcatrazz, Rising Force. He left Alcatrazz soon after the remease of Rising Force.
He released his third album, Trilogy, with Mark Boals on vocals, in 1986. Malmsteen also plays the bass on this album.
The next year, Bob Daisley (bassist) and former Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner joined the band.
The same year, he smashed his V12 Jaguar E-Type into a tree, putting himself in coma for a week and damaging a nerve in his right hand.
He released his fourth album, Odyssey, in April 1988.
Malmsteen's signature Fender Stratocaster guitar was released in late 1988 (Malmsteen and Eric Clapton are the first artists to be honored by Fender).
He released nine albums in the 90s (Eclipse (1990), The Yngwie Malmsteen Collection (1991), Fire & Ice (1992), The Seventh Sign (1994), Magnum Opus (1995), Inspiration (1996), Facing the Animal (1997), Double LIVE! (1998) and Alchemy (1999)).
In 2003, he joined the supergroup G3 (a tour showcasing guitar performances) with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.
His lastest album, Spellbound, was released in 2012.
To conclude, we wish a happy birthday and years of rock to Yngwie Malmsteen!

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen

[french version :
Joyeux anniversaire, Yngwie Malmsteen ...
Né Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck le 30 juin 1963 à Stockholm en Suède, Yngwie Johan Malmsteen est un guitariste, multi-instrumentaliste et auteur-compositeur.
Steve Huey de Allmusic dit que "Yngwie Malmsteen est sans doute le guitariste de hard rock le plus accompli à avoir émergé durant les années 80."
A 10 ans, Yngwie forma son premier groupe, Track On Earth, avec un de ses camaraddes de classe.
Quand il était adolescent, il fut grandement influencé par la musique classique, notamment par le composeur violoniste virtuose Niccolò Paganini (XIXème siècle). Il dit que Brain May et Uli Jon Roth eurent une influence importante sur lui mais que sa plus grande influence est Ritchie Blackmore.
Quand Malmsteen avait 18 ans,  Mike Varney de Shrapnel Records l'emmena aux Etats-Unis après avoir entendu la cassette d'une de ses démos de 1978 appelée Demo Powerhouse.
Il joue de la guitare sur le premier album d'Alcatrazz, No Parole from Rock 'n' Roll, sorti en 1984 (lineup à l'époque : Graham Bonnet (chant), Yngwie Malmsteen (guitare), Gary Shea (basse), Jan Uvena (batterie) and Jimmy Waldo (clavier)).
En 1984, il sorti son premier album solo, qui à la base devait être uniquement un projet instrumental à côté d'Alcatrazz, Rising Force.
Il sorti son troisième album, Trilogy, avec Mark Boals au chant, en 1986. Malmsteen joue aussi la basse on this album.
L'année suivante, Bob Daisley (bassiste) et l'ancien chanteur de Rainbow Joe Lynn Turner rejoignirent le groupe.
La même année, il fracassa sa V12 Jaguar E-Type dans un arbre. Il tomba dans le coma pendant une semaine et s'abîma un nerf dans la main droite.
Il sorti son quatrième album, Odyssey, en Avril 1988.
La guitare signature de Malsmteen (une Fender Stratocaster) fut sortie fin 1988 (Malsmteen et Eric Clapton sont les premiers artistes à avoir été honorés par Fender).
Il sorti neuf albums durant les années 90 (Eclipse (1990), The Yngwie Malmsteen Collection (1991), Fire & Ice (1992), The Seventh Sign (1994), Magnum Opus (1995), Inspiration (1996), Facing the Animal (1997), Double LIVE! (1998) et Alchemy (1999)).
En 2003, il rejoignit G3 (une tournée mettant en valeur les performances à la guitare) avec Joe Satriani et Steve Vai.
Son dernier album, Spellbound, fut sorti en 2012.
Pour conclure, nous souhaitons un heureux anniversaire et des années de rock à Yngwie Malmsteen !]

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen,  2008 - Barcelona (Spain)

Yngwie Malmsteen, 2008 - Barcelona (Spain)

Yngwie Malmsteen,  2008 - Barcelona (Spain)

Yngwie Malmsteen, 2008 - Barcelona (Spain)

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen - Robert Knight Archive - Redferns

Yngwie Malmsteen - Robert Knight Archive - Redferns

Yngwie Malmsteen, Barcelona

Yngwie Malmsteen, Barcelona

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen, 1990

Yngwie Malmsteen, 1990

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen

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