Legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen will be featured on NPR‘s “Weekend Edition” this Saturday morning, May 11. Malmsteen will discuss his brand new autobiography, “Relentless: A Memoir”; his latest album, “Spellbound”; and more with program host Scott Simon.
Programming times vary. Click here to find a station and schedule in your area.
Fan-filmed video footage of Malmsteen‘s May 3 performance at Tom Lee Park in Memphis, Tennessee USA as part of the 2013 Beale Street Music Festival can be seen below.
In “Relentless”, Malmsteen relives the greatest and worst moments of his storied career as one of the most admired, talked about, and emulated guitarists in the world — from how he managed to buy his first Strat and assemble his first wall of Marshall amps to the truth behind the title of his 2005 “Unleash The Fury” album and beyond.
At the center of Yngwie‘s story is his lifelong rebellion against the conventions and restrictions of the Sweden in which he was raised. “Don’t stand out,” he was told when he dreamed of being a professional musician. “That won’t work,” he was warned when he wanted to play loud or little-known songs. His entire musical career has been a proclamation that he will stand out, and it will work.
That determination drove the fourteen-year-old Yngwie to make his now legendary “Powerhouse” demo tape, the recording that later caught the ear of Shrapnel Records‘ Mike Varney, who brought Yngwie to America in 1982. It drove Yngwie to become the de facto leader of two already existing bands before launching a solo career just eighteen months later. It also drove him to act out in sometimes bizarre ways and develop a reputation as a mercurial, perhaps unstable, personality.
Yngwie recounts these incidents with neither pride nor apology, but with a great deal of color. And he gets into the seedy and unscrupulous side of rock and roll, revealing how managers, record companies, and others ripped him off, before his wife, April, rescued both him and his business.
Musicians will be drawn to Yngwie‘s descriptions of how he composed his greatest songs and his overall approach to composition and to band dynamics. He writes with admiration about musicians, from DEEP PURPLE‘s Ritchie Blackmore to nineteenth-century violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini, who influenced his playing and the development of his unique neoclassical-metal style.
Whether you’re a total metal freak, an aspiring musician, or someone who just loves a pull-out-all-the-stops rock-and-roll biography, you will read “Relentless” relentlessly from first page to last.
The 288-page book is available for order via Amazon.