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Friday's Guitar Hero: Yngwie Malmsteen

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Although regarded as both one of the finest guitarists of his generation, for outsiders to the world of Yngwie, the super Swede´s silk shirt-attired, Ferrari-driving and Rolex-toting flamboyance often eclipses attention to his incredible playing talents. His technique is absolutely above derision.

Here´s a version of the classic Black Star from 1989, which begins with a classical version of an iconic Bach piece before he launches into his own composition with his battered Fender Strat (opens in new tab). What for the part where he demands his keyboard player stop what he´s doing and hold the guitar up for him: genius!

Nice jacket too...!

Simon Bradley is a guitar and especially rock guitar expert who worked for Total Guitar magazine and has in the past contributed to world-leading music and guitar titles like MusicRadar (obviously), Guitarist, Guitar World and Louder. What he doesn't know about Brian May's playing and, especially, the Red Special, isn't worth knowing.