Yngwie Malmsteen To Release All-Instrumental Acoustic Album

Yngwie Malmsteen will release an all-instrumental acoustic album, "Angels Of Love", which will contain rearrangements of his ballad songs.

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Legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen will release an all-instrumental acoustic album, "Angels Of Love", which will contain rearrangements of his ballad songs played on acoustic guitar and string and choir arrangements only. It is a masterpiece showing the tender, delicate version of his classic songs as well as a new composition. A March 10 release via Rising Force Records is expected.

"Perpetual Flame", the new album from Malmsteen, sold around 2,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Released on October 14, 2008, the CD is the first-ever Yngwie effort to be issued via Rising Force Records (distributed via Koch) and it marks the debut of Malmsteen's new singer, ex-Judas Priest/Iced Earth frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens.

Yngwie Malmsteen will team up with Deep Purple for the following Japanese dates:

04/08 - Tokyo, JPN @ International Forum 04/09 - Zepp, JPN @ Nagoya 04/10 - Hiroshima, JPN @ Koseinenkin Kaikan 04/12 - Kanazawa, JPN @ Kanko Kaikan 04/13 - Osaka, JPN @ Koseinenkin Kaikan 04/15 - Tokyo, JPN @ International Forum

Yngwie Malmsteen was inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk on October 13, 2008 in front of the Guitar Center at 7425 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

Hollywood's RockWalk is the only sidewalk gallery dedicated to honoring those artists who have made a significant impact and lasting contribution to the growth and evolution of rock 'n' roll, blues and R&B. Yngwie Malmsteen's handprints will reside alongside the handprints, signatures, and faces of other equally accomplished musicians and innovators such as Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, John Lee Hooker and Earth Wind & Fire, among numerous others.

Video footage of Yngwie Malmsteen shredding the axe at the Marshall booth at the 2009 winter NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, which was held January 15-18, 2009 in Anaheim, California, can be viewed here.

Thanks for the report to Blabbermouth.net.

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    Borellus_
    He can sure play nicely, but his songs were never good. They always lacked a soul.
    GibsonAR
    All of his acoustic pieces are usually magnificent fast but well structured I'll buy it I loved Perpetual Flame
    HendrixClaptonP
    I dunno, I know a few pople who ahve seen malmsteen play acoustic live and said he sukced badl at it, so i will be interested to see how this turns out. Looking forward to it.
    theocao
    devilex121 wrote: oops, i spelt ungwie!!!! lol
    DOUBLE FAIL! but anyways was his previous album any good I didn't get a chance to check that out?
    devilex121
    MasterExploder0 wrote: Booo! Yngwie is a wicked guitar player without a doubt but I will always despise him for his attitude. He's like the Axl Rose of guitar. Oh and his real name is Lars XD
    i think i any ungwie fan already knows that! and ,dude! if it werent for his attitude, people (recording companies) wouldn't have given him any attention, know what i mean?
    Guitarmaster94
    BSM123456789 wrote: MasterExploder0 wrote: Booo! Yngwie is a wicked guitar player without a doubt but I will always despise him for his attitude. He's like the Axl Rose of guitar. Oh and his real name is Lars XD whose real name is Lars?
    Hes from Sweden
    Joey Radical
    I always liked him as a guitar player, but never as a songwriter. (Except for the instrumentals). However, the songs on his new album are great (Ironically though, except for the instrumentals). Tim Owens FTW!!!
    jmetalf
    shwilly wrote: Is anyone else wondering what the album cover is gonna look like?
    photoshoped cleavage pic no doubt... or... a big block of cheese.
    Tengatu Man
    Sweet, although I PROBABLY WON'T BE ABLE TO GET THE F*CKING CD IN THIS AREA, but I also want some more with Ripper Owens singing since he is the best singer for Yngwie since Mike Vescera. [I hope for a new album with Ripper singing and a bonus track with Mike but that'll never happen]
    Deep*Kick
    I like his acoustic stuff, but whenever he does acoustic songs, he is a bit more sloppy than usual on the guitar live. I'll put up my flame shield now and say even yngwie needs to practice more.
    vegetable-jim
    2000 copies isnt much though if thats just CDs then its probably because they are very hard to find in some areas
    BSM123456789
    MasterExploder0 wrote: Booo! Yngwie is a wicked guitar player without a doubt but I will always despise him for his attitude. He's like the Axl Rose of guitar. Oh and his real name is Lars XD
    whose real name is Lars?
    Jordan Dixon
    Rtard_GWARRIOR wrote: How the hell do you even pronounce his name. But its cool Ripper Owens is going to sing for him.
    You pronounce it like Ing-Vay.....I always wondered that to and then I was bored and decided I'd look it up lol. I am pumped for this album. Malmsteen is so amazing and he's great at playing classical music, which sounds even better on acoustic. YAH!
    MasterExploder0
    Booo! Yngwie is a wicked guitar player without a doubt but I will always despise him for his attitude. He's like the Axl Rose of guitar. Oh and his real name is Lars XD
    Kastöm
    Starchild_ex4 wrote: Just as a point of comparison, Kevin Federline's album sold 6500 in the first week.
    Yngwie being one of my least favorite musicians, I would rather buy every one of his albums than listen to a single Kevin Federline track. but yes, that is funny, and the world really is that sick and demented.
    John5slash
    2,000 copies ? That's just ****ing pathetic. Im not saying that it should be 2 million, but 2000 thousand ? what the ****?
    cman138
    Are you ****ing kidding me? Dumbest idea. Oh, and "Perpetual Flame" sounds a lot like Jason Becker's album "Perpetual Burn" which he tries to imitate. Good haha, oh well. A lot of idiot kids love him.
    Teh Skisgaars
    probably my most hated musician he s the axl of guitarists but i must admit his acoustic renditions of classical .. classics i guess, are really good he does have talent ill give him that but hes more for the prepubescent guitarist that hears fast and goes "WOOOWW" alot like dragonforce (dont htink i need to say that they are no talent idiots)
    metalheadblues
    SvnStringMaster wrote: when is he going to have a heart attack
    haha know what you mean bt the album should be ok
    Paszer_Ratiug
    His power ballads are all really awful...but without the cheesy sappy lyrics, they might be listenable.
    CliffIsAngry
    I cant stand his electric stuff, but he sounds awesome on acoustics. Think this will be pretty good.
    Emo_Guitars
    only 2000? ... I for one cant ****ing wait for this everytime i pick up an acoustic im always playing that acoustic part from trilogy suite op. 5 im def gonna buy this
    Fuzzbox91
    /\ listen to Steve Vai, hes the only shredder i can tolerate at this point, Yngwie has his moments but he can be really wanky at times.
    Tulkas
    I might actually check this out..... I'm normally bored to tears with these shredder guys. They have all the talent and knowledge in the world, but can't come up with one cool riff and their solos are self indulgent scalular diarrhea.
    Zanon
    im more amazed that it takes the guy behind him in the video nearly 4 minutes to tune his ****in guitar!
    Kylianvb
    Awesome. I like his normal work, but it gets boring fast. So I'd love to hear some actual ballads from him, instead of mindless shredding.
    LeadSalad182
    I see that my comment was deleted because i used the same word that got isiah washington kicked off grey's anatomy. I was aiming said word at kevin federline and if that is "offensive" i will quote jack nicholson and say that you cant handle the truth