Yngwie Malmsteen’s Concern About His Cover Of The Beatles Hit
Famous guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen has been passionate and interested in music since he was young. During his childhood, he listened to classical music from Niccolò Paganini and Johann Sebastian Bach, with many more. Also, he discovered the Deep Purple icon, Ritchie Blackmore, who became one of the biggest influences when he decided to pursue a professional musical career as a guitar player like him.
Before working as a solo musician and gaining fame and commercial success, Malmsteen took place in some bands like Steeler and Alcatrazz. Still, he couldn’t stay for a very long time because of personal and creative differences between him and the other members. Thus, considering his longtime career in the industry, Malmsteen can be defined as a person of bold choices and challenges, and one of them was a Beatles classic.
The Details About The Beatles’ ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’
The Beatles released their self-titled ninth studio album, also known as ‘The White Album’ on November 22, 1968, and it was their only double album. The record’s tracks were a combination of various genres such as folk, British blues, ska, pre-heavy metal, music hall, and the avant-garde. Like many other Beatles works, it received positive reviews from critics and rock music lovers and hit the charts worldwide.
The album produced several Beatles hits, and one of them was ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps,’ which the band’s lead guitarist George Harrison wrote. It became many people’s favorite, including the artists that influenced them. Jeff Healey, Todd Rundgren, and Peter Frampton performed cover versions of the classic. Along with these musicians, Yngwie Malmsteen also covered the song, but he had concerns about this decision.
Yngwie Malmsteen Wasn’t Sure About His Cover
‘Blue Lightning,’ Yngwie Malmsteen’s twenty-first studio album, came out on March 29, 2019. The guitar player covered some legendary songs, including Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Foxey Lady’ and ‘Purple Haze,’ Deep Purple’s ‘Demon’s Eye’ and ‘Smoke on the Water,’ along with Eric Clapton’s ‘Forever Man.’ Moreover, Malmsteen played The Beatles’ ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps,’ which got critical acclaim with his performance.
In one of the previous press releases via All About The Rock, Malmsteen shared his concerns by stating that he wanted to do it, but he wasn’t sure whether he could perform it or not. The guitarist described his situation as a case of ‘trial and error,’ and it turned out as a delight for Malmsteen. According to the musician, his ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ version was good enough to be considered a tribute and well-played piece.
Malmsteen shared his ideas, saying:
“There were songs that were immediately clear I wanted to do, but then I also went for something like ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps,’ which I wasn’t sure I could do. In this case, it was about trial and error. I am delighted that I was able to do justice to the original.”
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