The singer Doogie White appeared in a recent episode of Rocking With Jam Man and revealed how difficult it was working with Yngwie Malmsteen.
Doogie White joined Malmsteen’s Rising Force in 2001 following Mark Boals’ departure from the band. He toured with Yngwie and contributed to the bands’ albums ‘Attack’ and ‘Unleash The Fury.’ However, on February 26, 2008, White announced that he would no longer be a member of Malmsteen’s Rising Force. Tim’Ripper’ Owens then replaced the singer.
During his appearance on Rocking With Jam Man, Doogie White recalled his time in Yngwie Malmsteen’s band. He talked about the musician’s talent and said neoclassical ‘shredding’ started with Malmsteen. The singer then described Yngwie as an astonishing guitar player who ‘changed the face of guitar playing.’
Moreover, Doogie White stated that he really liked Malmsteen, and they got on really well. Speaking about his career in his band, he recalled that Malmsteen told him to sing whatever he tells him to sing. White said he did this for seven years and became the singer that Yngwie wanted.
However, back in those days, he was also working with the band Cornerstone, and they released four albums and toured together. White stated that as a result, his work with Cornerstone satisfied him more than performing with Yngwie. It appears it was also difficult for him to keep up with the two bands simultaneously.
Doogie White told Jam Man about Yngwie Malmsteen that:
“When you hear guitar players now who do something called ‘shredding,’ neoclassical shredding, that was started by Yngwie Malmsteen. He was 19 years old when he went to America and shredded the life out of everybody.
In the same way that guys like Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen changed the way people play guitar, Yngwie Malmsteen helped change the face of guitar playing for the next generation. He’s an astonishing player.
We used to sit together and watch Formula 1 Grand Prix in his living room, and he would sit there with his Stratocaster and his little Marshall amp, and play some astonishing stuff. Then somebody would come into the room, and he would turn into Yngwie Malmsteen and shred. He’s a lovely lad and he’s a great guitar player, I liked him a lot.”
White then talked about working with Malmsteen:
“We always got on really well. When I joined up with Yngwie, it was kind of set out. He said, ‘I’ve had problems with singers in the past, and I just want to make it clear to you that I’m going to write everything, you will sing whatever I tell you to sing. I like your voice and I think you can do it justice.’
That’s what we did, and I had seven years doing it with Yngwie. The thing is that I knew what I was signing up for, there was no undercurrent, I signed on to be the singer of Yngwie’s work and that’s what I did.
Running parallel to that was a band called Cornerstone that I had with Steen Mogensen from Royal Hunt, and during my time with Yngwie, we did four albums together, Steen and I, and a live album, and we toured. So, I was getting my writing and the things that I wanted to say and those needs that writers have to satisfy with Steen that I wasn’t getting with Yngwie.
But with Yngwie, I was getting to tour the world and getting to play some great tunes. Sometimes the soundchecks were better than the gigs.”
You can watch the full interview below.