Canada (Montreal), May 14, 2006 Review

artist: Yngwie Malmsteen date: 07/10/2006 category: live concerts

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Yngwie Malmsteen: Canada (Montreal), May 14, 2006
He did everything that you could have wanted, tossing the guitars around, tossing picks into the crowd, he even did the thing where he snaps the strings out of the guitar.
 Sound: 10
 Perfomance: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
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Canada (Montreal), May 14, 2006 Reviewed by: Shreddin 4 Life, on july 10, 2006
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Sound: The sound of this show was so brutal. We had to wait about an hour and a half before he started playing but it was well worth every second of it. His sound was as sharp as usual and his playing was even better than ever. His wall of Marshalls and signature Strat were louder than the opening band alone! The singer was Dougie White from the "Unleash The Fury" album (and "Attack!") His vocals were spot-on in the performances and Yngwie has improved a lot on his part in terms of vocals over the years as well: his version of "Red House" was extremely entertaining and well though out. Furthermore, the rest of the band was in peak form and all the them sounded well prepared. Particularly were the drummer; Patrick Johansson, and (former Dream Theater) keyboard player; Derek Sherinian. This show was honestly, ten times better than I was hoping it would be. // 10

Perfomance: The audience seemed like they couldn't have had a better time watching Yngwie up on the stage. I myself couldn't have enjoyed it anymore-especially since Yngwie is my idol! The set list was almost legendary. They opened up with "Rising Force". Then, they played "Never Die" and then a song off of the new album. But nothing could have made me more overjoyed than when he played the "Adagio" and went into "Far Beyond The Sun". Later on, he played the first movement of "Trilogy Suite" and some other great pieces from his career. He did everything that you could have wanted, tossing the guitars around, tossing picks into the crowd, he even did the thing where he snaps the strings out of the guitar; resulting in feedback and doing the revving engine thing from "Hot On Your Heels" from the song on his first album with Steeler. Another great sight was when he played "Red House" a la Hendrix, especially when played the solo and Derek Sherinian did a solo of his own. Plus, he did a solo after Derek's and played the whole thing behind his back! The rest of the set list was very surprsing as well, especially when he performed "Gates Of Babylon" and cut stright into "Baroque & Roll", as well as the acoustic interlude from the new album titled "Paraphrase"! And of course, an Encore that will never be beaten: "Black Star", "Cherokee Warrior", "I Am A Viking" & "I'll See The Light Tonight" for the grand finale. And, as usual there were quite a few moments where Yngwie did some unaccompanied solos usin special delay effects and such-it was truly and probably one of the best shows of Yngwie's career. // 10

Overall Impression: The concert was at a place called "The Medley" in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on May 14th, 2006. The opening band was some instrumental group called MAG Project, but they weren't the most entertaining group-especially when put in comparison to Yngwie. But they had some interesting pieces of music that unfortunately, didn't some near as powerful as any of Yngwie's tunes. The tickets only cost $35 canadian, and I bought a tour cap that cost $25, but considering, that's really not a lot for a Yngwie show, especially when you take into account the overall quality of the performance. As far as I'm concerned, the show way worth more than what I payed! The best parts of the show for me were when he did "Far Beyond The Sun" and "Barque & Roll" which totally caught me by surprise. Even the acoustic solos and "Paraphrase" were great. And of course, Who could forget a tune like "Black Star"? When and if Yngwie rolls into town again, I'll sell my kidneys to go see him play again. His playing is unmatched and his stage presence is very entertaining, even for a guy as big as him (Yngwie of course being a bit heavier than he used to be). All in all, when Yngwie comes to your town, you know it really is "time to rock!" // 10

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