Yngwie Malmsteen Shreds National Anthem Into Pieces

National Anthem ShreddedThat didn’t go too well in my opinion. I’m with the folks who left comments at Guitar World’s report on Yngwie Malmsteen’s performance of the National Anthem at the Revolver Golden Gods awards. Which actually poses another question: What the hell are the Revolver Golden God awards? Anyway…

So Yngwie joined the stage with members of the US Navy Color Guard from Sand Diego, California. And in typical Malmsteen fashion he raced through the National Anthem on his scalloped Fender Strat, shredding it into pieces. Too many arpeggios and some of the bridging licks seemed a little over the top. I thought he kind of lost it at times as he diverted to far off the actual theme.

Yngwie Malmsteen’s guitar playing is brilliant. While I’m not a fan of his work, I can certainly appreciate what he does and I must admit that his skills do intimidate me. I just wish he had taken it down a notch for the Anthem. It’s not that I think it was “a disgrace” like some of the viewer’s comments suggested, but a guitarist of that caliber should know when it’s better to keep things a little more straight forward.

On the other hand, this was a lose-lose situation for him. If he doesn’t do the crazy shit the haters will come out complaining and bitching that it was lame. And for the rest of us it was just a little too wild.

Oh, yes, some other guitarreros were honored in several categories. Slash got the Riff Lord trophy, Zakk Wylde and Dave Grohl came in second and third. And guess who got voted the best guitarists?

Of course, Jinxx and Jake Pitts!

Ehhhh, sorry. Who?

I better start educating myself, I’m afraid I have to admit that I never heard of either one, let alone their band Black Veil Brides.

Published date: May 11th, 2013 by Ulrich Peise

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