According to Michael Vescera, who used to sing for Yngwie Malmsteen’s band, the Swedish guitar legend “destroyed his career” by “burning bridges and pissing people off.”
Damn. I can finally relate to Yngwie.
Vescera issued his acerbic comments during a press conference in Brazil during last month’s Metal Singers tour.
Mike recorded two albums with Malmsteen as well as an EP.
He is quoted by Blabbermouth as saying:
“[Former Malmsteen singer Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and I] talked about Yngwie earlier a little bit. We have a lot of stories, a lot of crazy stuff [that happened] with Yngwie. But I think the main thing with Yngwie — Ripper and I were talking about this earlier — Yngwie could have been the biggest guitarist in the world today, by far. And he’s destroyed his career, just by burning bridges and just pissing people off. And it’s unfortunate, because he changed the face of guitar. And to be where he’s at today is kind of sad.”
After saying something bad about Yngwie, he added:
“But, look, I don’t have anything bad to say about Yngwie. It was an experience. There was some crazy shit that went on. But I wish him well, and I hope he straightens out his stuff and comes back. But… you know, we would need about two years [to tell our] stories [about] him.”
As a bridge burner who has pissed a lot of people off, I can attest that I have regrets. I wonder if Yngwie has any, or if his ego’s too big to allow him to see that such behavior comes with a price.
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