Concert Reviews

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN CONCERT REVIEW

March 26, 2001 (Winston-Salem, NC)
by CrashTest

March 26th was the first time I have seen Yngwie play since the '80s when he played a much larger venue as an opening act for ... oh man, that was so many concerts back I want to say it was during one of the Dio tours. Anyway, that was a totally different experience. This time around I got to see him as a headliner in a club that was crowded with roughly 300 metalheads on a freezing Monday night. Since the stage at this particular club is pretty low the heads of the tallest people up front were even with Yngwie's chest during the show. Add to that the fact there really is no space between the stage and audience, and it makes for a very intimate atmosphere. That sort of environment made for one helluva show.

First, let it be known that Yngwie has not lost a step. I was a little worried before the show that he might give an uninspired performance considering he'd been playing almost every night in March. It would be pretty hard to get up there every night, play a two hour show and then get on the bus to do it again somewhere else. However, my fears were laid to rest the second Yngwie stepped on stage. The show started off with Rising Force and turned into a tour de force that didn't let up until the encore performances of Black Star and I'll See the Light Tonight were over. There were five songs played from the new album "War To End All Wars" to promote it, most notably an ass-kicking performance of Crucify. The WTEAW songs actually sounded better live, probably because the production on the album isn't all that great IMHO.

The highlights of the show were the instrumentals from both the '80s and '90s eras. It was during those moments that Yngwie really blew us all away. It was pretty cool to hear him start into one of the familiar guitar sections and then go off on a tangent and totally shred. I debated after the show whether he had "planned" those tangents or was really improvising. Finally, I kicked myself in the ass and said "This is Yngwie we're talking about ... of course it was improv!" Yngwie did all of his solos directly in front of the audience, within inches of the crowd (unlike a certain unnamed egotistical prick who likes to turn his back so that nobody can "steal his moves"). To me the best moment came when, during a solo, Yngwie handed his guitar to someone at the front and motioned for that person to hold it up like a serving tray. He then reached over with one set of fingers on the neck and then with the other hand played furiously. Let it be known, the man knows how to treat his fans.

I've also got to give credit to the new singer, Jorn Lande. It's hard to command a lot of attention when your performing next to a master like Yngwie, but he does have stage presence and a decent voice. It was hard to tell a few times whether the guys producing the show were taking him out of the mix as he tried to reach some of the higher notes. There were a few times you knew a high note was coming and his voice got drowned out a bit. Regardless, when you could hear him he was pretty darn good and I left thinking he might do alright if Yngwie works with him on the next studio album.

All around a damn good show and I'm glad I braved the freezing cold. I was a little disappointed that he didn't do any of the songs from "Trilogy" other than one of the instrumentals. Apparently I wasn't the only one disappointed, as several guys kept yelling "play Queen In Love" the entire night. I went with a guy who has been a longtime fan and another who hadn't heard any Yngwie until a week before the show. Suffice it to say, Yngwie has a new fan. We left with ringing ears and a dream that someday we might be worthy enough to maybe, just maybe, hold The Man's guitar pick. Somehow I get the feeling that day will never come.

** Credit for the pictures belong to Kyle and Alyssa Harrison, whom I wish to thank for their kindness in allowing me to use them. These pictures, along with several others, can also be viewed at the official Yngwie website: www.yngwie.org **


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Concert Reviews

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN CONCERT REVIEW

March 26, 2001 (Winston-Salem, NC)
by CrashTest

March 26th was the first time I have seen Yngwie play since the '80s when he played a much larger venue as an opening act for ... oh man, that was so many concerts back I want to say it was during one of the Dio tours. Anyway, that was a totally different experience. This time around I got to see him as a headliner in a club that was crowded with roughly 300 metalheads on a freezing Monday night. Since the stage at this particular club is pretty low the heads of the tallest people up front were even with Yngwie's chest during the show. Add to that the fact there really is no space between the stage and audience, and it makes for a very intimate atmosphere. That sort of environment made for one helluva show.

First, let it be known that Yngwie has not lost a step. I was a little worried before the show that he might give an uninspired performance considering he'd been playing almost every night in March. It would be pretty hard to get up there every night, play a two hour show and then get on the bus to do it again somewhere else. However, my fears were laid to rest the second Yngwie stepped on stage. The show started off with Rising Force and turned into a tour de force that didn't let up until the encore performances of Black Star and I'll See the Light Tonight were over. There were five songs played from the new album "War To End All Wars" to promote it, most notably an ass-kicking performance of Crucify. The WTEAW songs actually sounded better live, probably because the production on the album isn't all that great IMHO.

The highlights of the show were the instrumentals from both the '80s and '90s eras. It was during those moments that Yngwie really blew us all away. It was pretty cool to hear him start into one of the familiar guitar sections and then go off on a tangent and totally shred. I debated after the show whether he had "planned" those tangents or was really improvising. Finally, I kicked myself in the ass and said "This is Yngwie we're talking about ... of course it was improv!" Yngwie did all of his solos directly in front of the audience, within inches of the crowd (unlike a certain unnamed egotistical prick who likes to turn his back so that nobody can "steal his moves"). To me the best moment came when, during a solo, Yngwie handed his guitar to someone at the front and motioned for that person to hold it up like a serving tray. He then reached over with one set of fingers on the neck and then with the other hand played furiously. Let it be known, the man knows how to treat his fans.

I've also got to give credit to the new singer, Jorn Lande. It's hard to command a lot of attention when your performing next to a master like Yngwie, but he does have stage presence and a decent voice. It was hard to tell a few times whether the guys producing the show were taking him out of the mix as he tried to reach some of the higher notes. There were a few times you knew a high note was coming and his voice got drowned out a bit. Regardless, when you could hear him he was pretty darn good and I left thinking he might do alright if Yngwie works with him on the next studio album.

All around a damn good show and I'm glad I braved the freezing cold. I was a little disappointed that he didn't do any of the songs from "Trilogy" other than one of the instrumentals. Apparently I wasn't the only one disappointed, as several guys kept yelling "play Queen In Love" the entire night. I went with a guy who has been a longtime fan and another who hadn't heard any Yngwie until a week before the show. Suffice it to say, Yngwie has a new fan. We left with ringing ears and a dream that someday we might be worthy enough to maybe, just maybe, hold The Man's guitar pick. Somehow I get the feeling that day will never come.

** Credit for the pictures belong to Kyle and Alyssa Harrison, whom I wish to thank for their kindness in allowing me to use them. These pictures, along with several others, can also be viewed at the official Yngwie website: www.yngwie.org **


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