It’s been a long wait for American and Canadian fans…but come this October guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen will make his triumphant return to North American stages with a Fall headlining tour. In support of Malmsteen’s latest release, RELENTLESS, the trek will kick off on Thursday, October 13th at New York City’s Irving Plaza. Please see below for the itinerary, more dates will be announced shortly. Of the upcoming dates, Malmsteen commented, “I am very much looking forward to playing new pieces from RELENTLESS, as well as Malmsteen classics. Fans can expect the unexpected… I raise the bar with every performance I do and this tour will be no different.” In other Malmsteen news, baseball fans will soon get a treat as the guitar legend is scheduled to not only perform his explosive version of the National Anthem, but he will also throw out the first pitch at the Florida Marlins home game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, August 6th.
Released late last year, Yngwie Malmsteen’s aptly-named latest album, RELENTLESS, contains more than 60 minutes of new material and showcases the guitar great at his best with the signature virtuosity and mind-blowing technical speed for which he has come to be known. The album also features striking vocals from Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth), who first collaborated with Malmsteen on 2008’s critically-acclaimed PERPETUAL FLAME (Malmsteen’s first album for the Rising Force Records label). RELENTLESS has received rave reviews from both critics and fans alike. Malmsteen recently graced the February cover of Guitar Player, with the magazine avowing, “RELENTLESS continues the guitarist’s long string of insane, epic and jaw-dropping releases.”
For nearly three decades, Grammy-nominated Swedish guitar icon Yngwie Malmsteen has been amazing audiences with dazzling technical speed and ability. Malmsteen’s signature style of playing, which combines elements of seemingly disparate styles of music – metal and classical, spawned the now commonplace genres of heavy metal known as “shred guitar” and “neo classical” and earned Malmsteen the title “the Paganini of heavy metal”. Malmsteen was the first guitarist to have his own Fender signature guitar model (even before Eric Clapton). He has graced the cover of more than 200 magazines worldwide, has won every guitar award imaginable and to date, has sold millions of records. Time recently named Malmsteen one of the “Top Ten Greatest Electric Guitar Players”, an honor he shared with the likes of Les Paul, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix. “Guitar Hero” enthusiasts know they have arrived when they are bestowed with the Yngwie Malmsteen award in the Xbox 360 version of “Guitar Hero 2″. The award signifies a 1000+ note streak in succession.
13th, New York, NY Irving Plaza
15th, Silver Lake, MD Fillmore
18th, Montreal, QC Club Soda
19th, Toronto, ON Phoenix
21st, Chicago, IL House Of Blues
23rd, Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
26th, San Francisco, CA Fillmore
28th, Anaheim, CA House Of Blues
29th, Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia
1st, Houston, TX House Of Blues
2nd, Dallas, TX House Of Blues
5th, Florida, Ft. Lauderdale, Revolution