Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen
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Malmsteen performing in Barcelona, 2008
Background information
Birth nameLars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck
Also known as
  • Yngwie J. Malmsteen
  • Lars Y. Loudamp
Born (1963-06-30) 30 June 1963 (age 55)
Stockholm, Sweden
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Guitarist
  • bandleader
  • producer
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1978–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websiteyngwiemalmsteen.com

Yngwie Johan Malmsteen (n/; born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck; 30 June 1963) is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader. Malmsteen first became known in the 1980s for his neoclassical metal playing style in heavy metal, and has released 20 studio albums in a career spanning almost 40 years. In 2009, Time magazine rated Malmsteen as among the 10 greatest electric guitar players of all time.[1]

Early life

Malmsteen was born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck in Stockholm, Sweden, the third child of a musical family.[2][3] At the age of ten Malmsteen created his first band, Track on Earth, consisting of himself and a friend from school playing the drums. At the age of twelve he took his mother's maiden name Malmsten as his surname, then slightly changed it to Malmsteen and altered his third given name Yngve to "Yngwie".[4] As a teenager he was heavily influenced by classical music, particularly 19th century Italian virtuoso violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini, as well as Johann Sebastian Bach, a German multi-instrumentalist and composer of the 18th century.[5] During this time, he also discovered his most important guitar influence, Ritchie Blackmore. Malmsteen has stated that Jimi Hendrix had no musical impact on him and did not contribute to his style, but watching the 18 September 1970 TV special, where Hendrix smashed and burned his guitar, made Malmsteen think "this is really cool".[6]

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