Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen turns 55 years old today. Steve Huey of Allmu…

Written by on June 30, 2018


Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen turns 55 years old today. Steve Huey of Allmusic stated that, “Yngwie Malmsteen is arguably the most technically accomplished hard rock guitarist to emerge during the ’80s.”

Malmsteen was born Lars Johann Yngve Lannerbäck in Stockholm, Sweden, the third child of a musically-talented family.

Malmsteen has stated that Jimi Hendrix had no musical impact on him and didn’t contribute to his style, but the fact of watching at age seven the September 18, 1970 TV special where Hendrix smashed and burned his guitar made Malmsteen think: “This is really cool”. To quote his official website, “The day Jimi Hendrix died, the guitar-playing Yngwie was born”.

At the age of 12 he took his mother’s maiden name Malmsten as his surname, slightly changed it to Malmsteen, and Anglicised his third given name Yngve to “Yngwie”. Malmsteen created his first band “Track On Earth” at the age of 10, consisting of himself and a friend from school on drums.

As a teenager, he was heavily influenced by classical music, particularly 19th century violinist composer Niccolò Paganini, and also discovered his most important guitar influence, Ritchie Blackmore.

Here’s a question for his fans….. Have any of you named any of your children after him?

Happy Birthday Yngwie!!




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