While doing a bit of research on an upcoming story about noteworthy Deep Purple covers, we were reminded of this live 1992 performance of "Smoke on the Water" by Yngwie Malmsteen. Note that Malmsteen also sings on this version, doing double duty by handling the original roles of Ian Gillan and Ritchie Blackmore.
As you can see in the video below, the latest edition of VH1 Classic's That Metal Show featured none other than Yngwie Malmsteen. Malmsteen, who performed the role of the show's house band, launched into his patented riffs as the program went in and out of commercial breaks.
Today we bring you a brand-new video from 14-year-old French guitarist Tina S. — her first of 2014. In the video, which she posted to YouTube Thursday, March 20, she covers Yngwie Malmsteen's "Arpeggios from Hell."
My sister gave me Fireball for my eighth birthday, June 30, 1971, and that day my life forever change. I knew immediately that I was going to be a guitarist for life and there would be no turning back. It's like one minute I was a kid playing with cap guns, and then someone handed me a fuckin' nuclear bomb! My life was never the same, to say the least.
Spearheaded by Yngwie Malmsteen and Randy Rhoads, inspired by Uli Jon Roth and Ritchie Blackmore (and Bach, Mozart, Paganini, etc.) and taken to its heights by Jason Becker, Marty Friedman, Tony MacAlpine and the other early Shrapnel Records artists, the neo-classical period in modern rock guitar was a time of previously unimaginable technical progress and harmonic inventiveness.