Following the overwhelmingly positive reception to his latest album, “World On Fire”, legendary Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie J. Malmsteen has announced a spring 2017 U.S. headling tour. Yngwie and his ensemble of top-tier musicians will perform pieces from the legendary neo-classical stylings of “Rising Force” (1984) as well as songs from the fierce “World On Fire”, and material from everything in between.
Malmsteen last toured the States in 2016 on the “Generation Axe” tour alongside Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi, playing to more than 70,000 people over 27 dates. Now, Malmsteen is hitting the road once again, and the “World On Fire” tour promises to be one of his most explosive yet!
The dates are as follows:
May 05 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
May 10 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
May 11 – Newton, NJ – Newton Theatre
May 16 – Montreal, Canada – Corona Theatre
May 20 – Covington, KY – Madison Theatre
May 21 – St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre
May 23 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
May 28 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Jun. 01 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Jun. 02 – Beverly Hills, CA – Saban Theatre
Jun. 04 – Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura Theatre
Jun. 06 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
Jun. 09 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
Jun. 10 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
“World On Fire” came out last June via King Records. He told Seymour Duncan about the CD: “I spent two years [working] on it, touring, recording, touring, recording. And that’s much, much better, actually, in a way. Back in the day I would write the songs then rehearse them with some musicians, then go and do a backing track and we’d record it, mix it, learn the songs to go play them on tour, then do it all again. That way isn’t necessarily conducive to making the best music, y’know what I mean? So in a very, very backhanded way, this weird twist of fate in the music industry has actually made it a more inspiring environment, for me at least. I can write anytime and record anytime. My recording studio is always open, 24 hours. I can just record when I want and it’s a beautiful thing.”
Asked what the new record sounds like, Malmsteen said: “It’s a Malmsteen record. [Laughs] But I would say it’s a little different. First of all, I do all the lead vocals on it. Any time I did lead vocals in the past, I was singing blues stuff. This time I decided to do lead vocals in my style of songwriting, so it’s different in that way. It’s a very hard-hitting album and some parts are very advanced, very complicated. But it’s a broad record. It’s definitely a must-listen-to!”
Asked what keeps him inspired to regularly release studio albums over the last thirty years, Malmsteen told Heavy Metal Bands Info in a 2015 interview: “It’s the same approach I have when I am in the studio. I go into the studio and pick up the guitar or play the drums or whatever. I just do something and something comes out that inspires me. Then I carry on with it. I wanna have it happen like an inspired thing. Then I just put it down and listen to it in the car or wherever and I think, ‘Oh, that sounds great.’ I mean, I play it back a week later or so and I don’t even remember doing it. Then I go, like, ‘Wow, that’s great,’ or, ‘Wow, that’s shit.’ This is important to me, because at that stage I am listening more like a listener. Then I take that further and make it into a more complete thing. I found that this is the best way for me. That makes it exciting and inspiring. That’s why I’m still doing it.”