Self-indulgent twat!? Or Musical Messiah!? Swedish guitarist YNGWIE MALMSTEEN is regarded by many as a bit of an 'ego' maniac. From his debut appearance on the scene in the mid-eighties with ALCATRAZZ up to and including a prolific solo career that has now spawned six studio albums, he's taken a hammering at the hands of critics, but still retains a loyal fan base who regard him as one of the last real 'guitar heroes.'
So, is Yngwie a tax exile like Swedish compatriots EUROPE? On the subject of EUROPE, Malmsteen quips back.
"I have my financial deals well under control so I have no problem with that."
In this day and age of faceless musicians would he then classify himself as a guitar hero of sorts?
"I've never really been interested in other guitar players," comes his elitist response, "because that's not my main influence. My main influence is Classical music, mainly Bach and Paganini. That's really what I like to listen to if I listen to music in the car or whatever."
Roll over Beethoven!