Swedish guitarist and songwriter, Yngwie Malmsteen, was recently interviewed by the YouTube channel of Aftershocks TV this week and talked about the early comparisons to Eddie Van Halen toward him when he first debuted.

Yngwie Malmsteen is one of the most talented guitarists of the century with his neoclassical style and over his 40 years of career, he released more than twenty studio albums as well as three studio recordings. His latest ever solo album named ‘Parabellum‘ is set to be released on 23 July 2021.

In his latest interview with Aftershocks TV, Yngwie was asked whether he feels okay being compared to Eddie in his earlier days. Swedish guitar legend stated that he does not think it’s logical to compare artists by naming Pablo Picasso and Leonardo Da Vinci.

Here is what he said:

“I don’t believe in comparing anybody with anybody, because it’s supposed to be an artform. However, in art, in any art, there will be trendsetters, basically — there will be people who come around and kind of, like, turn everything upside down, and Edward was definitely one of them. And I brought something different to the table also.

I personally loved Eddie Van Halen — I thought he was amazing. I loved everything he did since the first time I heard him. But I don’t think it’s a logical thing to compare artists. It’s like Picasso and Da Vinci, which are completely different styles, but they’re very well-regarded artists in their own right. It’s a crazy thing to do.”

You can watch the interview below.

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