After 30 years, two bands (Steeler, Alcatrazz) and 19 studio albums, Yngwie Malmsteen certainly has a story to tell. And the rock guitar hero from Sweden plans to tell it in the very near future.
Malmsteen -- who turns 50 in June -- is in the midst of penning a memoir called "Relentless," which he says will "reflect on everything, both good and bad" about his life and career in music. He started writing it in 2006 but cautions that it won't be for those seeking tawdry tales of sex and drugs along with the rock 'n' roll.
"It's not a tabloid book," explains Malmsteen, whose latest album, "Spellbound," came out in December. "I'm not trying to reach a certain purpose with this. I just felt like I should tell the story, and whatever people get from it at least they will know the real story from the horse's mouth rather than the (stuff) the people have written about it.
"But I'm not trying to sugarcoat anything or to minimize or maximize anything. It's just really what happened and what I felt, about all the great things that happened, like the birth of my son (Antonio), and terrible things like deaths in my family. It's all in there, as well as how i developed my (playing) style and my musical influences and everything like that."
Malmsteen, who now resides in Miami, hasn't let the book subsume his music, however. If anything, he says the reminiscing reconnected him with his early inspirations and attitudes, which inform the way "Spellbound" came out.
"The thing about this album is I reverted back to my way of making music when I was, like, 17 -- completely and utterly throwing caution to the wind," Malmsteen says. "I threw away anything that was like, 'Well, maybe this should be more radio (-friendly) or whatever. I couldn't give a (care) about any of that.
"You know, I've done this for too long to worry about anything like that. Whatever is the natural flow of music right now is what you're going to get. If it's bluesy, neo-classical, this or that...whatever. I'm just going to be honest and go for it from here on out. It's the only way to be."
Yngwie Malmsteen performs Thursday, April 25, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $29.50. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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