Musician, producer, music publisher and impresario Mike Varney has been instrumental in launching the careers of some of the finest rock guitarists of the last 30 years. Varney, who founded Shrapnel Records in 1980, was responsible for the success for some of the biggest names in shred, including Paul Gilbert, Marty Friedman and Jason Becker — to name just a few.
Yngwie Malmsteen has announced his Spellbound tour, which kicks off April 24 in Cleveland. While most of the tour's 28 dates take place in the US, he also ventures into Canada, Puerto Rico, Dubai and the Czech Republic, where he'll play the Masters of Rock Festival.
Joe Lynn Turner didn’t set out to become one of the most recognizable voices in rock. His goal was to be a guitar player, in addition to singing and songwriting, but it didn’t take long for his dynamic range to push him to frontman status — fronting bands led by guitar heroes.
Of all my musical influences, classical violinist Niccolo Paganini has to be on top of the list. Though he lived in the late 18th century (long before image became as important in the making and marketing of musicians as their actual music), his extreme personal magnetism coupled with truly mind-boggling technique made him the world’s first bona fide rock star.
This past Wednesday night was the fourth annual Revolver Golden Gods, and on-hand to kick off a star-studded night was Yngwie Malmsteen, who opened the show with the U.S. national anthem. You can watch video from the event below.
With Symphony X kicking off a North American tour with Iced Earth this week, we couldn't think of a better candidate to relaunch our "60 Minutes" feature with that the band's virtuoso guitarist, Michael Romeo.