Legendary guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen spoke in a recent press conference and said that singers have “Elvis Presley syndrome”. Here’s the statement:
“I always thought that singers have the Elvis Presley syndrome – they think they’re Elvis Presley. They’re not Elvis Presley.
Because I write the music, I write the lyrics, I write the vocal melody lines – I write everything. Just because I let somebody sing something doesn’t mean they’re more important than the bass player or the keyboard player or the drummer.
Because I write all the parts – I write the drum parts, the bass parts, the keyboard parts, the guitar parts, and the vocal parts – like a classical composer. And I really kind of got tired of dealing with their bullshit, really. So I decided to sing myself.”
Yngwie Malmsteen’s former singer Jeff Scott Soto revealed his thoughts about Malmsteen’s comment. He said:
“I think he’s right. He doesn’t need a lead singer. He doesn’t even need a band. He can do everything himself, and God bless him for it.
I’m not going to fall into the whole fodder of anti-Yngwie and putting him down the way he seems to be putting everybody else down. If that’s what he wants, God bless him. Follow that path.
I’m doing my own thing. I can’t read into his head, and there really is no relationship left between us, unfortunately. I would like there to be – I don’t like enemies in the world; I don’t like unrest. I want peace and love. We’re a brotherhood.
Especially in the music business, it’s supposed to be a brotherhood. I want everybody to get along and hopefully, someday we will patch things up. For now, it’s broken, and God bless him – just do what he’s doing.”
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