Yngwie Malmsteen recently joined Tigman on Poughkeepsie’s WPDH Radio 101.5 FM for an interview during which he remembered the beginnings of his singing career.
In early 1982, Shrapnel Records’ Mike Varney brought Yngwie Malmsteen to the U.S. after listening to his 1978 demo titled ‘Powerhouse.’ Malmsteen then played with the band Steeler for their 1983 self-titled album and later joined Alcatrazz.
Malmsteen played on Alcatrazz’s 1983 debut ‘No Parole from Rock ‘N’ Roll’ and 1984 live album ‘Live Sentence.’ Fired after a conflict with Graham Bonnet, he decided to pursue a solo career and released his solo debut ‘Rising Force’ in 1984.
In a recent interview with WPDH Radio, Malmsteen remembered when he came to the U.S. and released his ‘Rising Force.’ According to Malmsteen, this was just the album’s name, and it was never a band. He then said he wrote all parts of his music, and he just hired performers to perform them.
Elaborating on his remarks, Malmsteen said his performers thought ‘Rising Force’ was a band, and his vocalists thought of themselves as if they were Elvis Presley. He then stated that this was why he decided to sing the songs himself in 2012.
In the interview with WPDH Radio, Yngwie Malmsteen said the following:
“I came to America in 1982, and I joined a band called Steeler. And then I formed a band called Alcatrazz. In January 1984, I signed a record deal as a solo artist. So, from the point of January 1984, it was never a band, never. There was never a band called Rising Force. My first solo album was called ‘Rising Force.’ I had a band called Rising Force in Sweden in ’79.
When I hired people for my solo stuff, I would write the bass parts, the drum parts, the guitar parts, obviously the keyboard parts, the vocal parts, and the lyrics. So like an ensemble, orchestra, or even for a performance on Broadway, there’s a written piece, and the performer is hired to perform the piece. If they, for some reason, don’t work out, you put someone else in there.”
He then continued:
“For some strange reason, somebody seemed to think that it was a band, and the guy that was supposed to be the singer at the time was Elvis Presley or something. No. So, in 2012, I decided I was not going to hire singers anymore, and I sang myself. I said, ‘Good luck to you, guys. See you. Bye.'”
Malmsteen has worked with various vocalists throughout his solo career, such as Jeff Scott Soto, Mark Boals, and Joe Lynn Turner. However, he began to experience some issues with his vocalists and started singing the vocals himself in 2012.