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Yngwie Malmsteen

June 4 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Yngwie Malmsteen at The Pabst Theater on Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Yngwie Malmsteen United States Tour 2019!

  • Yngwie Malmsteen
  • Sunlord
  • Paralandra

@Pabst Theater
Tuesday, June 4
Doors = 7pm
Show = 8pm
Tickets: $45

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie MalmsteenVirtuosic Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen is credited for originating the fleet-fingered neo-classical style that took the heavy metal world by storm in the early 1980s. Combining a dazzling technique honed over years of obsessive practice, and with a love for rock gods such as Jimi Hendrix and Ritchie Blackmore and composers like Bach, Beethoven, and Paganini, Malmsteen’s distinctively Baroque, gothic compositional style and lightning-fast arpeggiated solos rewrote the book on heavy metal guitar. His debut album, 1984’s Rising Force, upped the ante for aspiring hard rock guitarists and proved the major catalyst for the ’80s guitar phenomenon known as “shredding.” With an ego to match his considerable talents, Malmsteen blazed a fiery path through the ’80s and early ’90s, though like many artists in the metal realm, he was forced to lie low during the grunge and alternative rock boom. Following a series of personal setbacks, tragedies, and injuries, Malmsteen eventually resurfaced on small, independent labels and then recorded at a prolific, rapid pace, continuing to play the music he loved in his patented neo-classical style well into the next century, with highlights arriving via 2002’s Attack!!, 2008’s Perpetual Flame, and 2019’s Blue Lightning.

Yngwie (pronounced “ING-vay”) Malmsteen was born Lars Johann Yngwie Lannerback in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1963, later adopting his mother’s maiden name following his parents’ divorce. He was an unruly child, and his mother tried without initial success to interest him in music as an outlet. However, when seven-year-old Yngwie saw a television special on the death of Jimi Hendrix featuring live performance footage of Hendrix setting his guitar on fire, he became obsessed with the guitar, learning to play the music of both Hendrix and favorites Deep Purple. Through Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore’s use of diatonic minor scales over simple blues riffs, Malmsteen was led toward classical music, and his sister exposed him to composers like Bach, Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Mozart. He spent hours practicing obsessively until his fingers bled, and by age ten, his mother allowed him to stay home from school to develop his musical talents, particularly since he was considered a behavioral nightmare. Also at age ten, Malmsteen became enamored of the music of 19th century violinist/composer Niccolo Paganini, as well as Paganini’s flamboyant style and wildman image; this would provide the blueprint for Malmsteen’s synthesis of classical music and rock. By the time he was 18, Malmsteen was playing around Sweden with various bands attempting to find an audience for his technically staggering instrumental explorations, but most listeners preferred more accessible pop music; frustrated, Malmsteen sent demo tapes to record companies overseas. When Mike Varney, president of Shrapnel Records — a label synonymous with the term “shredder” — heard Malmsteen’s tape, he invited the guitarist to come to the United States and join the band Steeler in 1981.

 Malmsteen returned to the headlines in 2002, after a fellow airline passenger threw water on him after he allegedly made a slanderous comment about homosexuals. This incensed Malmsteen, who had to be escorted away by security, all the while screaming to the passenger that she had “unleashed the f*cking fury.” This stint proved to be so popular in revitalizing his career that his comeback album in 2005 — Unleash the Fury — appropriated the phrases as its title. 2008’s Perpetual Flame saw Malmsteen team up with Iced Earth and Judas Priestvocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens, but he returned to instrumental work on 2009’s Angels of Love. Relentless arrived the following year — once again featuring Owensbehind the mike — and was promoted via a blazing performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Malmsteen handled all of the instruments and vocals on 2012’s Spellbound, and in 2016 he issued his 20th studio long-player, World on Fire. In 2019, Malmsteen released his first blues LP, Blue Lightning, which featured dazzling versions of blues-rock classics like “Purple Haze,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and “Smoke on the Water.” (Source)


SunlordSunlord is a heavy metal/rock NYC band formed in 2004 by Argentinian vocalist and guitarist Alfonso Ferrazza. In 2005 they recorded their best and only album todate,”The First One”, which is really good and you should get. Sunlord is always playing great shows that real metal fans shouldn’t miss. Their influences include Motörhead, Black Sabbath, V8, Hermetica, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones,Venom, and The Exploited. (Source)


paralandraParalandra began in June of 2013 determined to create a sincere and unique musical expression of themselves, regardless of style or genre. Lyrically and musically, their songs all have deep personal meaning and intent.

The band’s live show is just that – 100% live. “We are proud of the fact that we rehearse consistently and tirelessly to create a polished, energetic, yet raw performance that venues and audiences will never forget.” Some such venues and festivals where Paralandra enjoyed performing include Rocklahoma, Rockfest, Dirtfest, Launch, NAMM, etc., as well as touring as a headliner and with other national acts. (Source)