By Eddie Jorgensen
When Yngwie Malmsteen first came onto the scene in the early 1980s, playing for both Steeler and Alcatrazz, it was already apparent who the real star was in either line-up. And although his tenure with the latter culminated in a highly publicized onstage fight with singer Graham Bonnet, no guitarist since could match the unbridled ferocity found on Alcatrazz’ “No Parole From Rock ‘N’ Roll.” Malmsteen’s prowess will be on display at Sacramento’s Ace of Spades on Sept. 7.
Since branching out on his own, the ever-so-prolific guitarist has released 22 records and four well-received live albums. Combining elements of classical music, heavy metal and hard rock, Malmsteen’s sound is uniquely his own. Aped by thousands, but never duplicated, he’s influenced countless genres that include thrash, power and speed metal.
Although Malmsteen is currently on tour with the legendary Deep Purple vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes, this off-cycle, upcoming show at Ace of Spades finds him headlining with only local support in tow. And if his recent set lists are any indication, Malmsteen will be doing fan favorites as well as some special covers enhanced by his trademark picking technique.
Fans of Yngwie Malmsteen typically recommend his first four albums as a place to start for those wanting to explore the music. If “Rising Force” or “Marching Out” don’t make your hair stand on, perhaps it’s time to get your pulse checked.
Tickets are $32.50 advance can be purchased at www.aceofspades.com. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. All ages are welcome. Ace of Spades is located at 1417 R Street in downtown Sacramento.