JENS JOHANSSON Says GINGER BAKER Is A Bigger Asshole Than YNGWIE

November 5, 2003

In an interview with Electricbasement.com, STRATOVARIUS keyboardist and journeyman musician Jens Johansson (MASTERMIND, ex-DIO, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) explained his thoughts on working with classic rock legend Ginger Baker (CREAM). "He's a very peculiar person," Jens said. "At the time, he was 55 years old and extremely grumpy and hostile. He was complaining heavily about everything. He didn't want to go on tour. On a professional level, he wasn't difficult, but he was complicated." He went on to give details: "We did some gigs in Germany, jazz-type shows. I tell you, if you think Yngwie's an asshole to journalists, Yngwie's an amateur! This guy (Baker) is insane. I've never seen anyone ruder to journalists. You wouldn't believe. He wrote the book! It's kind of funny. I think Yngwie could take lessons from this guy. But actually, Yngwie has mellowed out over the years." Read the entire interview, which includes in-depth discussion on STRATOVARIUS' new CD "Elements Part 2" and Johansson's storied career here.

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