Legendary Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie J. Malmsteen will embark on the second 2017 leg of his "World On Fire" U.S. headlining tour in the fall. Yngwie and his ensemble of top-tier musicians will perform pieces from the legendary neo-classical stylings of "Rising Force" (1984) as well as songs from the fierce "World On Fire", and material from everything in between.
Says Yngwie: "Due to unprecedented popular demand and sold-out shows, I'm really excited to be heading out on this second leg."
Oct. 20 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue Oct. 21 - Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theatre Oct. 22 - Hazard, KY - Forum Theatre Oct. 25 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium Oct. 26 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount Oct. 27 - Derry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall Oct. 29 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse Nov. 01 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre Nov. 02 - Kalamazoo, MI - State Theatre Nov. 03 - Chicago, IL - Portage Theatre Nov. 04 - Ringle, WI - Q&Z Expo Center Nov. 06 - Kent, OH - Kent Stage Theater Nov. 07 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts Nov. 08 - Charlottesville, VA - The Jefferson Theatre Nov. 09 - Greensboro, NC - Cone Denim Entertainment Center Nov. 12 - Melbourne, FL - King Center for the Performing Arts
In other news, Malmsteen says that he has "two very exciting announcements on the way" that he "can't quite talk about yet." One of them has to do "with a major equipment company," while the other is "an amazing collectible beyond description," according to the guitarist. "These have been in the works for quite some time now, but in the coming months we'll finally be able to reveal them," he says.
Malmsteen's recent U.S. trek marked his first run of dates in the States since 2016 when he took part in the "Generation Axe" tour alongside Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi, playing to more than seventy thousand people over twenty-seven shows.
Yngwie's latest album, "World On Fire", came out in June 2016 via King Records. He told Seymour Duncan about the CD: "I spent two years [working] on it, touring, recording, touring, recording. And that's much, much better, actually, in a way. Back in the day I would write the songs then rehearse them with some musicians, then go and do a backing track and we'd record it, mix it, learn the songs to go play them on tour, then do it all again. That way isn't necessarily conducive to making the best music, y'know what I mean? So in a very, very backhanded way, this weird twist of fate in the music industry has actually made it a more inspiring environment, for me at least. I can write anytime and record anytime. My recording studio is always open, twenty-four hours. I can just record when I want and it's a beautiful thing."
Asked what the new record sounds like, Malmsteen said: "It's a Malmsteen record. [Laughs] But I would say it's a little different. First of all, I do all the lead vocals on it. Any time I did lead vocals in the past, I was singing blues stuff. This time I decided to do lead vocals in my style of songwriting, so it's different in that way. It's a very hard-hitting album and some parts are very advanced, very complicated. But it's a broad record. It's definitely a must-listen-to!"