Bands: Yngwie Malmsteen Reviewed May 30, 1992.
Guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen is in a class by himself.
Though to some he lacks the marquee value of names like Eric Clapton, Gary Moore and Eddie Van Halen, his first name alone conjures up images of immense technical prowess and theatrical flair that rivals — and as far as some are concerned, surpasses — those well-knowns.
The May 30 Variety Arts Center performance featured a plethora of explosive and expressive guitar work, delivered by a master, without ever being duplicative.
The Swedish guitar god’s high-octane solos came fast and furious, as he sampled cuts from 10 albums’ worth of material, including his current Elektra Record’s debut “Fire and Ice.”
Drummer Bo Werner also contributed to the aural assault by making his mammoth drum kit sound like AR-15 fire ricocheting inside this venue.
However, vocalist Goran Edman, who makes his debut with the band, failed to inspire the predominantly male audience. His absence from the stage was hardly noticed during Malmsteen’s many perfectly executed extended guitar solo excursions. Nor was his one-dimensional vocal style impressive. A lack of any discernable charisma — especially when compared to previous band front men — caused many in the crowd to wonder aloud how he even got the gig.
Slik Toxik, Capitol Records’ hopefuls to the Poison throne, opened the hard rocking evening with its dual guitars and wailing lead vocalist showing plenty of promise despite the tired premise.
Although vocalist Nick Walsh talked too much, he nonetheless provided plenty of raw yet focused energy, as well aas in-tune high notes while drawing tunes from debut disc “Doin’ the Nasty.”