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    YNGWIE MALMSTEEN: EDDIE VAN HALEN 'Changed Everything'

    Yngwie Malmsteen has once again praised Eddie Van Halen, saying the legendary VAN HALEN guitarist "changed everything."

    The 58-year-old Swedish axeman, who is promoting his latest album, "Parabellum", discussed Eddie's impact on guitar playing during a live YouTube chat with fans on Thursday (October 21).

    "What can you say about Eddie? I mean, he changed everything. I had already been playing for a while when I heard him.

    And it was a complete, like, it was, like, 'Wow!' The whole band, when it came out — the first VAN HALEN album.

    Everybody I knew would hack up their Strats and put humbuckers and start tapping and stuff like this. I didn't wanna do that, because that's Eddie and let Eddie be Eddie.

    But he influenced me in other ways — just to be spontaneous, which I've always been anyway.

    "The way they made those first two albums, I loved everything about it. It was so live-in-the-studio kind of thing.

    And I really love that. It was great — the whole thing.

    "Eddie was amazing. God bless him. Amazing. There aren't enough words, really."

    Back in May, Yngwie spoke to Aftershocks TV about how he was compared to Eddie early in his career.

    Asked if he felt the comparisons were justified, Yngwie: "I don't believe in comparing anybody with anybody, because it's supposed to be an artform.

    However, in art, in any art, there will be trendsetters, basically — there will be people who come around and kind of, like, turn everything upside down, and Edward was definitely one of them. And I brought something different to the table also.

    "I personally loved Eddie Van Halen — I thought he was amazing," Yngwie continued.

    "I loved everything he did since the first time I heard him. But I don't think it's a logical thing to compare artists. It's like comparing Pablo Picasso and Leonardo Da Vinci, which are completely different styles, but they're very well-regarded artists in their own right. It's a crazy thing to do."

    Back in 2019, Malmsteen named Van Halen as one of the 10 guitarists who impressed him the most.

    "I was 13 years old when that first fuckin' VAN HALEN album came out and it definitely caught my attention," Yngwie told Music Radar.

    "I wasn't into guitar players back then; it was all about classical. But what I loved about them was the rawness of it all — no overdubs; they just went in and fucking did it.

    "He didn't have a Floyd Rose for those early records; it was just a vintage Fender bridge. I found those kind of locking vibrato arms kills the sound of the guitar.

    I use vintage trems and float my bridges quite a bit — usually about 5mm up so you can pull up, but not the whole way. Eddie's tone was great: just a 1959 Marshall all the way up and nothing turned down."

    "Parabellum" was released in July via Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group. Only four of the songs on the LP feature vocals. The album title is Latin, translating as "Prepare For War".
    Beauty is life when life unveils
    her holy face.

    But you are life and you
    are the veil.

    Beauty is eternity gazing at itself
    in a mirror.

    But you are eternity
    and you are the mirror.

    -Kahil Gibran

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    I know it’s commonplace here to heap praise on guitar players who come out and compliment Eddie and conversely those who don’t have anything good to say get shit on, but.....

    Yngwie’s a badass. Always has been and always will be. To play the way he does, on a scalloped fretboard of all things, takes immense skill and ability.

    And people take him far more seriously than I truly believe he takes himself.


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    If Yngwie says something nice about you, he respects you. The guy doesn't dish out compliments like Eddie Trunk.

    He is a beast. I just wish he done more with his ability. For example, I would like to hear him play some jazz or fusion.,

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    Quote Originally Posted by MF5150 View Post
    I know it’s commonplace here to heap praise on guitar players who come out and compliment Eddie and conversely those who don’t have anything good to say get shit on, but.....

    Yngwie’s a badass. Always has been and always will be. To play the way he does, on a scalloped fretboard of all things, takes immense skill and ability.

    And people take him far more seriously than I truly believe he takes himself.


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    Yngwie is a great guitar player. Period. People may not like his style but he was a game changer. He's in my top 10 for sure. He's a very forthright and focused guy and it rubs some people the wrong way but he's a lot more mellow than people think.

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    Nobody plays the scales better than Yngwie! All kidding aside, he’s a skilled player but I don’t believe he has had fraction of the impact or influence on other players compared to Ed. Smartest thing he did was acknowledge the greatness of Ed as opposed to his earlier cocky days. Allowed me and others to appreciate his skill.

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    I saw both in their prime. From a non players perspective to me Ed is Mozart and Yngwie is Rimsky-Korsakov. Not a bad thing for eithers resume. When I saw Yngwie on the G3 in his late 40s? He was the only one who didnt put me to sleep on the bill put it this way Satch never impressed me like Ed or Yngwie.
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    The biggest difference between Eddie and Yngwie is songwriting.

    "It's so lonely at the top because it's so crowded at the bottom" - Diamond David Lee Roth

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    Quote Originally Posted by I Coulda Hada VH View Post
    The biggest difference between Eddie and Yngwie is songwriting.

    And talent.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fudd View Post
    And talent.


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    Yngwie is wildly talented. He just comes off as style over substance because for all of his technical prowess, he doesn't write great songs.
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    Yngwie is cool. He's praising Ed to high heaven.

    This doesn't need to turn into a comparison about songwriting. Ffs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    Yngwie is cool. He's praising Ed to high heaven.

    This doesn't need to turn into a comparison about songwriting. Ffs.
    I was responding to the comments in posts 5, 6 and 7. Relax.
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    Oh shit. I think John 5 said something about Ed. Stop the presses!!

    John 5 gets it!! His songs rule!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by I Coulda Hada VH View Post
    Yngwie is wildly talented. He just comes off as style over substance because for all of his technical prowess, he doesn't write great songs.
    Kinda an issue don’t you think?


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    Quote Originally Posted by fudd View Post
    Kinda an issue don’t you think?


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    It's a HUGE issue. Songwriting is what always set EVH apart from guys like Yngwie, Satch and Vai.
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