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Yngwie Better Than Ever in Seattle

Yngwie Malmsteen/Gary Hoey/Bumblefoot - Guitar Gods Tour 2014
Showbox Market - Seattle, WA 6.26.14
Review/Photos" "Iron" Mike Savoia

What a day it was! One of Time magazines 10 Greatest Electric-Guitar Players back in Seattle. For Yngwie Malmsteen, it's been over 10 years since he last played Seattle on the G3 Tour in 2003. I first saw Yngwie way back Jun 12, 1985 at the Mountaineers building in Seattle on the Rising Force Tour. Four more times he played Seattle and I saw them all before but last nights show at the Showbox Market took the cake. Before I talk a little bit about the show let me mention that earlier in the day Yngwie, Gary Hoey & Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Guns 'N Roses) went all the way to Guitar Center in Lynnwood to do a Q&A and M&G with fans (view all photos). What a great time that was for everyone that packed the place to see the guys. 

Yngwie, Gary and Bumblefoot answered tons of questions ranging from beginners to the advance players in the audience. Loved how accommodating they all were to even the most simplest question of "How do I play faster?". Bumblefoot even had some of his hot sauce on hand to sell and when asked about it gave one of the best "ShopHQ" channel-like sales I've ever heard. Everyone got a laugh out of it.

Back to the show. Opening the whole show was Guns 'N Roses lead guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal. Jamming through a 7 song set that included songs like "Turnaround", "Raygun" and "Abnormal" it was his ending "Pink Panther Theme" song that got everyone's attention. 

He rocked out his signature double neck gold Vigier guitar like a madman. One of the necks fretless and the other fretted. Thing is so big he had a hard time bending over to open his bottle of water. I ended up grabbing it and helping him open it in which he thanked me during the show to the crowd. Check out Bumblefoot online at

Next up was Gary Hoey. World renowned guitarist who nearly got the Ozzy job back when Zakk Wylde ended getting it but took Ozzy's advice and moved to LA where in 1993 he eventually landed a Top 5 rock radio hit with the Focus cover of "Hocus Pocus". 

Gary's new album, “Deja Blues,” takes on his blues side of playing in which he opened his show with "Going Down" and later showcased the title track during his set. Not only is he technical in his playing but he showed complete feel that sets himself from the rest and not pigeonholed in the only shredder category. Check Gary out online at

Of all the years I've seen Yngwie Malmsteen play, I have to admit I've never seen him in such great mind, body and spirit. Saw him smile more times this day than all the years combined. This great spirit really showed. 

Blasting through a set that included "Evil Eye", " "Seventh Sign", "Rising Force", "Baroque & Roll", "Overture / From a Thousand Cuts / Arpeggios from Hell", "The Star-Spangled Banner", "Black Star", "Spellbound" and " I'll See the Light Tonight" to name a few, I'm still in awe how fast, precise and technical he is with everything he plays. This God among Gods of the electric guitar kept his show interesting with his showmanship of throwing guitars, kicking guitar picks to the crowd and playing stuff us normal humans can only dream of playing. His neo-classical playing style in heavy metal can be closely viewed when he releases a new live DVD/CD this August. Check Yngwie out online at:

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Guitar Gods Yngwie Malmsteen, Bumblefoot next week

The 2014 Guitar Gods tour featuring Yngwie Malmsteen with Gary HoeyBumblefoot hits Seattle next Thursday (6/26/14) at the Showbox Market. BUY TICKETS - All ages, doors at 7pm show at 8pm.

Hailed by TIME magazine as one the Top 10 greatest electric guitarists of all time, Yngwie Malmsteen is not of this world. For over 20 years I've been seeing him doing things on guitar your mind just can't comprehend. Yes, "I'm not worthy" will replay in your head over and over watching Yngwie play! Malmsteen became known for his neo-classical playing style in heavy metal back in the early 80s with Steeler & Graham Bonnet's Alcatrazz but it wasn't until he released his first solo album Rising Force in 1984 that slammed the whole guitar world on it's ear changed everything you heard from rock and metal guitarists in the remaining 80s. Not only is he an amazing guitarist he's one hell of a showman and his live shows are always exciting to watch. What's even more cooler is he started playing guitar after seeing our very own Seattleite Jimi Hendrix on TV. So you can probably guess they'll be a cool Hendrix portion to his Seattle show! Check out Yngwie at the 50 Years of Loud (Marshall) at Wembley Arena below.

Also on the bill, Yngwie hand picked the amazing Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Guns 'N Roses) & the one and only Gary Hoey!

Unfortunately originally scheduled tour guitarist Uli Jon Roth (ex-Scorpions) had to drop off the tour at the last minute because of a visa issue (see press release at bottom of blog). In his place they added (little confused on this since it's a Guitar God show) the blues rock Gary Douglas Band to the tour. 

If you wanna meet Yngwie, Bumblefoot and Gary Hoey they'll be doing a special Q&A and autograph appearance at Guitar Center in Lynnwood, WA at noon the day of the show. Click here to see all the info on Yngwie's website regarding the Guitar Center appearances.

Check this shot I did of Yngwie way back at the Foundations Forum in the Burbank Hilton in Los Angeles like 20 years ago!


“Unfortunately, we are forced to cancel my participation in this tour due to unforeseen circumstances which are beyond our control.

“We don’t know why, but work visas got mysteriously delayed for no apparent reason to the point where we were left with no other reasonable choice but to cancel at this late stage. In over 30 years of obtaining U.S. visas this has never happened to me, but I guess there’s always a first.

“I would have loved to play for the North American audience on this tour, like so many times before, but I’m sure my three guitar-playing friends will be just fine without me and will more than make up for it with their considerable skills. I’m wishing them best luck and lots of inspiration!”

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KISW Pain in the Grass Tickets now on sale

KISW 99.9FM Pain in the Grass 2014 tickets now on sale! CLICK HERE TO BUY!! 
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September 12th at the White River Amphitheater starting at 5:15pm:
Main Stage: Rob Zombie, Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Buckcherry & Pop Evil.
Side Stage: New Medicine, Escape The Fate, Redlight King, Sons Of Revelry & Seattle's own
Amanda Hardy.

For all show info please visit and remember to watch for all our coverage after the show here on!
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#TBT KISW Local Licks 1985 w/ Shadow

How about this for a #TBT (Throwback Thursday) KISW post. Going through the garage tonight I found a cassette tape that had a clip from KISW's Local Lick's/Metal Shop back on 2/27/85! What did it include? How about Mike McCready's band Shadow before he went global ruling the world with Pearl Jam! Bassist Rick Friel is interviewed (he's 18 here as I was too) and their classic track "Don't Count The Tears" is played. Loved this band, they reminded me of the early Def Lepppard meets Kiss guitar sound. We'd go see 'em at local Skate Kings and other places and I always remembered watching Chris Friel on drums, amazing then and amazing now. I can remember listening to KISW as early as 1980 after the whole KJR am radio phase of the 70s ended and people moved to the better sounding FM dial! So I've probably been listening and following KISW longer than many of you blog readers been alive. Yes, consider me one of the Godfather fans of Seattle's Best Rock KISW 99.9FM! Now go crank this video! Shadow knows!
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