Yngwie Malmsteen on living a pandemic: “Everything is very surreal”
In a brand new interview with the “Iron City Rocks” podcast, the legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen talked about the process of recording his latest album, “Parabellum”, as the coronavirus pandemic was in full swing. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “This is all very surreal. Because in a hundred thousand years of human civilization, this has never happened before. There have been many, many, many, numerous pandemics – I mean, countless: the European plague and the 1918 [flu pandemic] and whatever – but there’s never been a situation where every event, everyâ¦ At one point, even restaurants were closed. This had never happened before; it is the first time in the history of mankind since humans have existed. So obviously not only for me but for everyone it was very surreal.
âPersonally, I’ve always been the type of person who’s kind of like, if you get lemons, you make lemonade,â he continued. “So I was, in fact, in March 2020, I was on a world tour; I was everywhere. And back then exactly, late February, early March – March 2, actually, I think it was. was – We played in Mexico City. And the agents called and they said, “We’re going to postpone the shows for about two, three weeks.” [Laughs] So I went home and enjoyed doing some things a lot. So it was good. I went into the studio and started recording songs and writing songs, which I still do anyway. And this thing just dragged on. I just said, ‘Okay, I’m just going to record and write songs.’ So basically I spent a year in the studio.
“Having said that, I have learned over many years how to do this too much time is not good either because you start to guess things”, Yngwie added. “It’s not good. So basically I only went to the studio when I was [was] very inspired and I would do first takes and stuff like that. When a riff or a melody came to me, I captured it; That’s what I did. Then of course I got the program with the engineer. And before I knew I had, like, 80, 90, almost a hundred [ideas]. And I started to eliminate them – listening a lot in the car, walking around and listening to the stuff. So that’s what I did.
“Obviously I wanted to get out on the roadâ¦ But, like I said, I personally feel bad for everyone who’s had bad things and so on, but for me it was kind of like “I don’t knowâ¦ It was a long vacation or something. That’s a bad descriptionâ¦ It was obviously a bad thing for everyone. I’m glad it’s almost over.”
“Parabellum” was released in July via Recordings of musical theories/Group of mascot labels. Only four of the LP’s songs feature vocals. The album title is Latin, translating to “Prepare for war”.
After working with some of the best hard singers of the past four decades, Yngwie now manages much of the lead vocals himself in his own group, supported by a formation that includes the keyboardist Nick marin, bass player Emilio Martinez and drummer Brian wilson.
Yngwie just launched a month-long US tour in fall 2021 – its first major series of shows in 20 months.
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