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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Yngwie Malmsteen: Kicks Off North American Tour; 8 Videos Available

Legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen kicked off his North American tour last night (Thursday, October 13th) at Irving Plaza in New York City.

In his review of the concert, Elliot Levin of the
NY Hard Rock Music Examiner writes, "As the night wound up, Malmsteen seemed to grow more and more intense, at one point even ripping out the bottom string of his guitar in a moment of passion, then grinding the fretboard against one of the dozens of amplifiers and ampheads filling the stage until raw feedback blasted back at him. That ferocious energy was then opposed by a touching rendition of 'Heaven Tonight', which saw the entire venue singing along to the power ballad.

"Despite an advertised end time of 10:30, the band played almost nonstop 'till 11 p.m., giving fans a spectacular two-hour set that must have satisfied even the most die-hard Malmsteen devotees. Fans exited Irving Plaza with an air of salvation, and some of the louder ones could be heard imitating Yngwie's high-pitched squeals and guitar tapping all the way down to Union Square."

Malsteen's setlist was as follows:

01. Rising Force
02. Never Die
03. Shot Across The Bow
04. Overture
05. Critical Mass
06. Badinerie
07. Far Beyond The Sun
08. Enemy Within
09. Red Devil
10. Damnation Game
11. Baroque & Roll
12. Live To Fight
13. Dreaming
14. Gates Of Babylon (RAINBOW cover)
15. Into Valhalla
16. Trilogy Suite Op: 5
17. Blue
18. Fugue
19. Heaven Tonight


20. Black Star
21. Cherokee Warrior
22. I Am A Viking
23. I'll See The Light Tonight
24. Magic And Mayhem

Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.

Touring lineup:

Yngwie Malmsteen - Guitar, Vocals
Tim "Ripper" Owens - Vocals
Bjorn Englen - Bass
Patrick Johansson - Drums
Nick Marino - Keyboards 

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