Unleash The Fury
For the past 20 years, Sweden’s Yngwie Malmsteen has been famous for his high-speed, technically-dazzling, pseudo-classical shred metal guitar recordings.
For the past few years, however, Malmsteen has also been infamous for an altogether different type of recording.
About three years ago, Malmsteen was on a flight to Tokyo when a passenger spilled water on him. According to the “legend“, the passenger spilled the water in retaliation for deregatory comments Malmsteen was making about homosexuals.
Someone, supposedly a member of Malmsteen’s tour entourage, had a tape recorder handy as Malmsteen lost his temper. The recording’s magic moment is when Malmsteen roars in drunken, accented English:
With the help of file-sharing services, the recording became an Internet sensation of sorts. In fact, I’d venture to guess that it’s the most popular Yngwie Malmsteen recording since the 80s.
Instead of running away from his embarrassing behavior, Malmsteen has decided to embrace it. In 2005, he released his 24th album. It’s titled, you guessed it, Unleash The Fury.
The Unleash The Fury World Tour makes a stop at Atlanta’s Roxy tomorrow night.