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Guitar Virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen Joins Forces with Uli Jon Roth, Gary Hoey And Bumblefoot For First-Ever "Guitar Gods" Festival Tour

posted Jun 16, 2014, 3:15 PM by Vu Nguyen
The king of neo-classical shred guitar, legendary guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen, will soon return to stages across North America this summer for the first-ever “Guitar Gods” festival tour.  Bringing together such accomplished axemen as Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions, Electric Sun), Gary Hoey (“Hocus Pocus”) and Bumblefoot (Guns N’ Roses), Malmsteen will headline an epic celebration (6+ hours!) of the instrument for a full evening of guitar pyrotechnics.  Each show will also feature special surprise guests.  The “Guitar Gods” tour is created and produced by April Malmsteen, Yngwie’s wife and manager and is presented in proud partnership with Guitar Center.  Please see below for the itinerary; more dates to be announced.

Of the upcoming tour, creator and producer April Malmsteen commented, “Being able to put together this festival has been a lifelong dream of mine.  I sincerely believe that “Guitar Gods” will bring tremendous value and enjoyment to not only the guitar and heavy metal enthusiast, but also to anyone who loves music.”  Yngwie Malmsteen’s most recent studio album, SPELLBOUND and his first book, the autobiography, Relentless: A Memoir, are both available now. Malmsteen was recently profiled about both on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday; that segment can be heard here.  In other news, the Yngwie Malmsteen premium artist signature series by Fender is now available.  The series features a full lineup of Malmsteen-endorsed accessories such as guitar strings, instrument cables, gig bags, electronic tuners and more.  For more information, please click here.

For nearly three decades, Grammy-nominated guitar icon Yngwie Malmsteen has been amazing audiences with dazzling technical speed and ability.  Malmsteen’s signature style of playing, which combines elements of seemingly disparate styles of music - metal and classical, spawned the now commonplace genres of heavy metal known as “shred guitar” and “neo classical” and earned Malmsteen the title “the Paganini of heavy metal”.  Malmsteen was the first guitarist to have his own Fender signature guitar model (even before Eric Clapton).  He has graced the cover of more than 200 magazines worldwide, has won every guitar award imaginable and to date, has sold millions of records.  Time named Malmsteen one of the “Top Ten Greatest Electric Guitar Players”, an honor he shared with the likes of Les Paul, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix.  “Guitar Hero” enthusiasts know they have arrived when they are bestowed with the Yngwie Malmsteen award in the Xbox 360 version of “Guitar Hero 2”.  The award signifies a 1000+ note streak in succession.

Held in the highest regard in his own right, Uli Jon Roth brings the very special 40th Anniversary Scorpions set that he has been playing to audiences from Europe to North America, embracing his history with the band and digging deep into their catalogue for this tour.  Acclaimed for his accomplishments for perfecting his playing in multiple genres (rock, blues, surf), Gary Hoey performs his radio hits such as the Billboard Top 5 smash “Hocus Pocus” along with other favorites.  Bumblefoot, best known for his work with Guns N’ Roses, embarks on his first solo tour, playing songs from his entire critically-praised recorded history.

Yngwie Malmsteen
/Guitar Gods North American tour 2014:

17 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
18 CLEVELAND AGORA in Cleveland, Ohio
20 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theatre
21 Toronto, ON Phoenix Theatre
22  Mojoes in Joliet, Illinois
23  Skyway Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota
26 Seattle, WA Showbox Theatre
27 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
28 River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, British Columbia

02 The Observatory Orange County in Santa Ana, California
03 Beverly Hills, CA Saban Theatre
04 Club Milano in San Jose, California
07 House of Blues Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada

08 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
10 House of Blues Dallas in Dallas, Texas


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