YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Explains Why He’s No Longer Hiring Singers: “They Seem To Think They’re ELVIS PRESLEY”

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Explains Why He’s No Longer Hiring Singers: “They Seem To Think They’re ELVIS PRESLEY”

In a new interview with Tigman of WPDH Radio 101.5 FM in Poughkeepsie, New York, legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen was asked to name the best of the three singers he worked with early in his career: Jeff Scott Soto, Marc Boals and Joe Lynn Turner. He replied, “That’s how I see it. So I came to America in 1982 and joined a band called STEEL. And then I formed a band called ALCATRAZZ. In January 1984, I signed a recording contract as a solo artist. So from January 1984, it was never a band – never. There was never a group called UPWARD FORCE. My first solo album was called ‘Rising force’. I had a band called UPWARD FORCE in Sweden in 1979. And when I was hiring people for my solo stuff, I was writing the bass parts, the drums parts, the guitar parts – obviously – the keyboard parts, the vocal parts and the lyrics. So like an ensemble, like an orchestra or whatever, or even for a Broadway performance, there’s a written play and the performer is hired to perform the play. If for some reason they don’t work, you put someone else in there.

“For some strange reason, someone seemed to think that a) it was a band, and b) the guy who was supposed to be the vocalist at the time was Elvis Presley or something, he continued. No. So I therefore, [in] 2012, I decided not to hire singers anymore and I sing myself. I said, ‘Good luck to you guys. See you soon. Goodbye.'”

When Tigman noted that none of the singers Yngwie hired over the years “worked” long term, Malmsteen said, “Well, they seem to think because they’re the vocalist and not the keyboard player that they are Elvis Presley. And they will soon find out, in my outfit they are do notElvis Presley and they will have to move on.

“It’s a Yngwie Malmsteensolo career,” he explained. “And even now, for the last album, I even played all the instruments too.

“Look, it’s not like, oh, yeah, I’m downplaying these guys — they’re all great; whatever — but the thing is, I’m like an artist like a painter or something. Leonardo DeVinci didn’t call somebody, like, ‘Hey, man, can you come over and finish half of my painting?’ And that’s how I work — I paint the whole picture. That’s how I work.”

Malmsteen previously floated the Elvis Presley comparison in reference to his former singers during a 2018 press conference in Malaysia. When asked why he chose to do lead vocals himself on his latest 2016 album “World on Fire”he said: “When I started as a kid in Sweden, I had a band called UPWARD FORCE, I was the singer. Then I came to America and played with it STEEL and ALCATRAZZthey or they [had their own] singers.

“I’ve always thought that singers have the Elvis Presley syndrome – they think they are Elvis Presley“, he continued. “They are not Elvis Presley. Because I write the music, I write the lyrics, I write the vocal melodies – I write everything. Just because I let someone sing something doesn’t mean they’re more important than the bassist or the keyboard player or the drummer. Because I write all the parts – I write the drum parts, the bass parts, the keyboard parts, the guitar parts and the vocal parts – like a classical composer. And I’m really sick of dealing with their bullshit, really. So I decided to sing myself.”

In 2017, Malmsteen gave an interview to Wani in metal in which the iconic ax man said he had no interest in collaborating with singers like Jeff Scott Soto, Joe Lynn Turner and Tim “Ripper” Owens never. “I’m very comfortable singing myself, first of all,” Yngwie mentioned. “Secondly, there’s a certain disconnect when you write the song and someone else sings it for you. And it’s kind of like a misrepresentation about that. I’ve always written everything – I’ve wrote all the lyrics, I wrote all the melodies, everything, just somebody else sang it, and to me, the singer is just another.. .like a bassist or a keyboardist — they’re no more important than any other musician. And they, unfortunately, seem to think they are. And I’m sick of them kind of…self-absorbed way, and I I’m all against it. No. I don’t like it. I don’t like any of those people, and I don’t ever like doing anything with them again.”

In the days after Yngwiethe original interview of Wani in metal was published on BLABBERMOUTH.NETseveral of the guitarist’s former vocalists — including In a way to, Turner and owen — responded on social media, with Turner describing Malmsteenas “the rantings of a megalomaniac desperately trying to justify his own insecurity”. This was followed by a reply from a member of Yngwiethe management team of, who wrote on Malmsteenit is Facebook page that the three singers “came out furious, spitting insults and profanity” at the guitarist because “Yngwie said something they didn’t like. The management representative added, “It is very unfortunate that these former hired singers have to resort to slander and insults to generate media attention for them. Such childish, classless words are at best inappropriate and at worst utterly shameful.”

Malmsteenthe last album of, “Parabellum”was released last July via Music Theory Recordings/Mascot Label Group. Only four of the songs on the LP feature vocals. The title of the album is Latin, translating to “Preparing for War”.

After working with some of the best hard singers of the last four decades, Yngwie now handles much of the lead vocals himself in his own band, backed by a lineup that includes the keyboardist Nick Marinbass player Emilio Martinez and drummer Brian Wilson.

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