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This one is a total no-brainer. Yngwie Malmsteen is one of the greatest guitarists of all time.
Posted by Kevin Manh on Tuesday, 08.1.06 @ 00:57am
Yngwie is far and away one of the most influential guitarists of all time. He largely created his own genre (neo-classical) for goodness sake. He's an icon in rock music.
Posted by Graham McDonald on Thursday, 08.24.06 @ 19:53pm
Yngwie Malmsteen (sorry for anyone I am about to offend) doe NOT belong in the Rock 'n Roll hall of fame. Why? I believe he's a show-off with a big ego who's basically saying, "I'm better than everybody because I can play all these notes in one second because I studied Classically." Who cares! I know he's influental, but I think he's a show-off who thinks that he should be the only guitarist in the world. Sorry, but he should not be in the Rock Hall.
Posted by Paul Chancey on Friday, 10.6.06 @ 20:34pm
Of course not. Yngwie who? sounds like some Swedish tosser to me.
Posted by Winston on Thursday, 10.19.06 @ 01:24am
Yngwie, despite all the neo-classic fanboys who spaz over his songs, is actually quite unoriginal, repeating phrases and solos far too many times to be taken seriously as a "composer."
Posted by Kit on Thursday, 10.19.06 @ 10:42am
He usually writes his name Yngwie J. Malmsteen to avoid confusion with all the other Yngwie Malmsteens.
Posted by William on Friday, 01.26.07 @ 08:09am
Steve vai beats yngwie's head off ..
Posted by xavier on Sunday, 03.4.07 @ 13:41pm
To Kit and the other detractors. I have seen him live. YM is in a class by himself. Yes, he is self-important. But, if you were that good, wouldn't you be? Basically, his narcissism is justified.
Posted by ANON on Monday, 04.9.07 @ 19:28pm
How is Kit such a music expert? I think she earlier said that a no-talent bunch of hack rappers like the Beastie Boys should make the RRHOF. So what's she know about rock guitar? One of the most gifted musicians ever should not get in, because he's a jerk. But some jerks talking in rhyme should? HA! HA! So what are you going to say next, that R.E.M.changed the world?
Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 04.10.07 @ 07:22am
If you think that Yngwie Malmsteen is going to be inducted into the RRHoF before the Beastie Boys, you clearly don't know much about how this Hall of Fame works.
Posted by c.w. on Tuesday, 04.10.07 @ 08:09am
First: Kit is guy, not a girl. Although, I do agree, that for the most part, he his closed minded and clueless (based upon the various posts I have read).
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, 04.10.07 @ 09:37am
Sure Yngwie might be an ego-maniacal wormhole, but I think a pioneer to the art form of shredding and his neo-classical innovation deserves a spot in the hall. I personally find it ludicrous that lesser artists such as 50 Cent and Britney Spears have more of a chance to get into the hall of fame than Yngwie does. I don't think I see hours of obsessive and finger numbing practice on their resumees. The skill that Yngwie doesn't develope itself overnight. Also with regard to Kit, it seems that every single time I have seen him on these threads he has done nothing but to needlessly whine and complain about the artist and why he/she/them should not be accepted into the hall. Kit, your commentary offers no benefit to the debate, though one must play devil's advocate. If you want to play the game, be prepared. As one of my idols has said before, "Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets." Going back to the topic, Spears and 50 Cent getting inducted into the hall before Yngwie will only prove the farsical nature of this organization and the stupidity/fascism of this committee (similar to that of the MPAA. Go see this film is not yet rated) and how true innovation and skill are meaningless when faced against the personal preferences of a select few.
Posted by Anonymous #2.4 on Saturday, 07.14.07 @ 01:20am
He's the third fastest shedder on earth, and probably the most well known
Posted by MaulYoda on Thursday, 09.13.07 @ 19:26pm
Posted by Jonathan on Friday, 09.28.07 @ 11:23am
Oh, yeah that makes so much sense...like a child who covers his eyes. If he does so, what he cannot see does not exist....like magic!
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, 09.28.07 @ 17:42pm
Neo-classical as a whole is completely garbage, the musical equivalent of masturbating into a plastic cup and looking at the bubbles.
Posted by Kit on Friday, 09.28.07 @ 18:14pm
yngwie belongs he changeD rock guitar overnight much like eddie vanhalen. can anyone tell me why great band's like KISS, IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST haven't gotten there shot. It just plain stinks.
Posted by ROCKINRONNY on Friday, 09.28.07 @ 18:50pm
Course Yngwie belongs but if he doesn't get in, i won't care and neither will he.
Posted by Aaron on Saturday, 10.27.07 @ 16:13pm
he hasn't got a cat's chance in hell.
Posted by liam on Saturday, 10.27.07 @ 16:22pm
"Malmsteen is is one of the most well known metal / neo-classical guitarists."
Posted by liam on Wednesday, 11.7.07 @ 14:55pm
no. malmsteen is a wanker.
Posted by b on Wednesday, 11.7.07 @ 15:04pm
I am glad to see that Kit is still posting his useful and well thoughtout insights into music and musicians. No matter how good he is, Y.M. just like Satriani and Vai will never make it into the Hall. And it doesn't matter if they are worthy or not. The powers that be would not allow it. If the muscianship of ELP can't get them in the Hall, then these guitarists have little or no chance.
Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 11.24.07 @ 09:27am
Yngwie is one of the best musicians that ever lived, he makes his own distinctive music and he has a recognisable image and personality. Yngwie, we both know you're not going in the Hall of Fame, so this is my tribute to you, brother.
Posted by Metalsmith on Tuesday, 01.15.08 @ 16:57pm
There's more to playing guitar than JUST...PLAYING...REAL...FAST!!!! Lets see what you can do when you play slow, make me feel something!!! After watching Malmsteen for a while you think "Okay, you can play fast..." I didn't know anyone has been timing guitarists with a stop watch...who cares?? Be distinct, make me feel something, like watching and listening to you puts me through a whole slew of emotions!! Thats the sign of a great player...not playing at Mach 10!!
Posted by Terry on Friday, 02.15.08 @ 19:03pm
There is plenty of feeling in Yngwie Malmsteen's playing. It might not be the feeling you were looking for, but it's there. He may not be all that soulful, but that's because he's not Carlos Santana. His music is evocative of different feelings than what a slow guitarist would play. That only makes sense. I understand that Malmsteen is an acquired taste, but the fact that you don't like his method is no reason to demean the emotional capacity of his music.
Posted by Metalsmith on Saturday, 03.8.08 @ 18:13pm
Sorry, Metalsmith...when I watch him he's like a robot. He's just not a real emotional player. Now, technically he's very good, and I've seen him do some cool stuff with classical music using digital delay...but he bores me really fast. That's just me, though. I have never seen him do anything slow and deliberate.
Posted by Terry on Saturday, 03.8.08 @ 18:27pm
If he did, he would probably stop being Yngwie. His hair would out, he would lose a lot of weight and he would turn into every other guitarist no one's ever heard of. Because it's his impressive technique that makes him what he is, not really anything else. I mean, I'll admit he's a terrible songwriter. He needs Dio.
Posted by Metalsmith on Saturday, 03.8.08 @ 18:37pm
Metalsmith...here's an example for you of a truly great fiery player playing slow, deliberate,...and emotional. Let me know what you think!
Posted by Terry E. Roller on Saturday, 03.8.08 @ 18:46pm
Metalsmith...wanted to throw this performance at ya too...just for good measure...lol!!!
Posted by Terry on Saturday, 03.8.08 @ 18:57pm
I am so tired of people who think they know music, always talking about YNGWIE'S EGO, or that his music is un-original. You Don't Know Jack! Un-original?? Show me anybody who can do his compositions, classical pieces, or even challenge his speed & style!! I have heard them all, and NO ONE CAN! You can have your own opinions, just like I have mine. But give me a break! You know very well how good he is, and if you could play half as good as he does,...You'd have an EGO to. Listen to what other guitarists say about him: Zakk Wylde, Vivian Campbell, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, George Lynch, Dimebag Darrel, K.K. Downing, Ritchie Blackmore, etc. Even Ronnie James Dio, and alot of other singers, who have tried to get YNGWIE in their band. All are amazed by YNGWIE'S guitar skill & style. And you don't think "Yngwie J. Malmsteen", should be in the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame?? Your All Out Of Your Minds!! One of the most influencial guitar players in music, since he arrived in the U.S. in 1983. There are ALOT of great guitar players in rock music,...NO DOUBT! And everyone has their own opinion of who is the BEST,...and, who is their FAVORITE! But for me, "YNGWIE JOHAN MALMSTEEN", is one of the Greatest Musicians, and Guitar Players,...IN THE WORLD!!
Posted by MICHAEL on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 09:49am
I couldn't agree with you more, MICHAEL. And thank you for mentioning Vivian Campbell, that guy never gets any credit.
Posted by Metalsmith on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 12:34pm
Hey Terry E. Roller, how did I know it would be Stevie Ray Vaughan?
Posted by Metalsmith on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 12:37pm
Stevie's a good place to start when talking about great players...I also needed some visual examples of the fact that he was a pretty good entertainer, too. With Malmsteen there isn't a lot of middle ground, people either seem to love him or hate him. Jimmy Page gets that a lot, too.
Posted by Terry on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 15:06pm
Yeah that's true. But I prefer their those two to Vaughan. I never got what so special about the guy. He played the most generic blues songs in the world, once in a while he'd do a Hendrix cover (just like everyone else) and his voice was terrible. I don't like to speak ill of the dead, but I don't see why he's considered so great, when a phenomenal player like Malmsteen gets called "boring" and "unfeeling."
Posted by Metalsmith on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 16:31pm
Different strokes...trust me (from personal experience), what he played wasn't "basic" blues...some of the hardest stuff I ever attempted. To compound that, he played with extremely thick strings. Add in the fact that Malmsteen's neck is scalloped...which makes "shredding" a little easier. Two entirely different players...hard to compare. I can appreciate what they both do.
Posted by Terry on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 17:01pm
I agree that it's a mistake to compare the two. But I think SRV is way overrated and Malmsteen tends to have the opposite problem. I still can't decide if the scalloped neck is cheating or if it was a really good idea. Not many people use it anyway.
Posted by Metalsmith on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 17:05pm
Well, I can say that in the 25+ years I've known of Stevie Ray, I've never heard of him referred to as "overrated" until now...but hey, you're entitled to your opinion. Scalloping the neck certainly isn't cheating, but it does take some getting used to. I have a friend that is a HUGE Malmsteen fan, and he owns a Malmsteen signature Stratocaster. He's very fast on it and just loves it, while I think it would make a good boat paddle! He thinks the strings on mine are too thick!! Once again, different strokes...
Posted by Terry on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 19:09pm
Well maybe not overrated, but I'm pretty tired of hearing about how great he is. I think you have to be a bit of a blues fanatic to really appreciate Stevie Ray Vaughan and as you can see, I prefer guitarists with more of a classical influence.
Posted by Metalsmith on Wednesday, 03.12.08 @ 10:54am
Yep...if a specific genre of music grates on you, then it probably wouldn't matter who's playing it. Funny thing...a lot of great rock guitarists profess to be blues platers.
Posted by Terry on Wednesday, 03.12.08 @ 12:27pm
blues PLAYERS!!!! Sorry!
Posted by Terry on Wednesday, 03.12.08 @ 12:28pm
Most of the great ones do claim to be blues-influenced. But I think SRV limited himself to a strict blues structure, whereas people Clapton and Page were able to explore other areas to great success. I can think of a few classical players you might want to look into: Ritchie Blackmore, Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker, Vivian Campbell, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Michael Angelo Batio, Marty Friedman, Jason Becker and in a less strict sense one could even say Tony Iommi and Brian May.
Posted by Metalsmith on Wednesday, 03.12.08 @ 12:40pm
Clapton says he tries to incorporate the blues into everything he does, but I don't know. Batio kind of carries the speed thing too far, it's getting to be a novelty with him. I met him a few years ago and he is a great guy, though. I heard Al Pitrelli (Trans Siberian Orchestra and a member of Megadeth for a while) play "Flight Of The Bumblebee", which is an amazing classical piece. I just recently saw Uli Jon Roth on YouTube...seems like he's been around for centuries.
Posted by Terry on Wednesday, 03.12.08 @ 18:24pm
I'm really happy to see that people like Yngwie are recognized by the hall of fame. I think he should be in because anyone who is into playing technical guitar knows that Ygwie brought something totally knew to the table and was just as innovative as EVH
Posted by Tim S on Sunday, 03.23.08 @ 21:11pm
Why NOT Malmsteen???? They gave that idiot Ass***hole Puff Daddy one?
Posted by Majestic on Monday, 09.29.08 @ 09:34am
Yngwie, Blackmore, Roth are the best guitarist ever!
Posted by Gitarman on Saturday, 01.3.09 @ 23:41pm
I believe Yngwie Malmsteen does not need to be inducted into the hall of fame. Malmsteen is of a completely different and uncomparable caliber than the typical rock'n'roll guitarist. His amazing ability on the guitar has never been and never will be exceeded. Yngwie Malmsteen is better than the rock'n'roll hall of fame, and he deserves his own hall, or at least to take his rightful place next to the greatest classical composers of all time.
Posted by Dasbeia on Thursday, 01.15.09 @ 18:07pm
I feel that Yngwie Malmsteen is a very different yet extremely talented guitar player and has contributed to Rock N Roll. The only thing is I also believe that he has done more so for Metal. And Metal is, i know, a branch off of Rock N Roll but it is very different from it too. A much more grunged up, amp blasting, and more rough sound then Rock N Roll. I also would NOT like to see Yngwie Malmsteen put into a hall of fame that is considering Brittney Spears in to their hall of fame. Thats just disgraceful
Posted by Stephy Rose on Thursday, 01.15.09 @ 18:45pm
REMEMBER folks, this is the MTV/ROLLING STONE/AMERICAN Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. NOT the European Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Posted by pablo on Sunday, 04.5.09 @ 14:36pm
What exactly has he done to deserve induction. Okay, he plays real fast...a lot of players play real fast, heck, I've been known to play fairly fast. Classical music adaptations have been done on guitar for centuries...nothing new there.
Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 04.5.09 @ 15:31pm
Holy f*ck, you have to be seriously retarded not to answer yes to this question!
Posted by Karl John on Sunday, 04.12.09 @ 02:30am
Holy f*ck, you have to be seriously retarded not to answer yes to this question!
Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 04.12.09 @ 05:42am
Cheesecrop...I will take it a step further and say that Malmsteen isn't necessarily better than the players you mentioned...just different. Depending on what circles one hangs out in, it's possible to see guitarists playing the classical pieces (or variations of)that Malmsteen does, playing just as fast...only playing it on ACOUSTIC guitars! Bream, Lorimer, Williams (all disciples of Andres Segovia, by the way), etc.... don't get a lot of airplay, obviously, but they are truly gifted players. Great flamenco players are known for their blazing speed and unique technique while playing some very difficult pieces. Montoya, Govi, DeLucia, etc...great players, once again, no noteriety (not in these parts, anyway).
Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 04.12.09 @ 08:36am
anyone who says yngwie is a show off is right but there is absolutley no reason for him to not be induted he was a very good player who would shame anyone of todays standards and he should not be put down as if he were as bad as some garage studio bands who cant make a name for themself's, he should be inucted even if he is a show of because he earned the right to be one and yes his music is repetitive but almoast all music today has that repitition as well only the singer distracts you from the notes so it wont be noticed all in all he highly diserves to be inducted
Posted by unknown on Friday, 07.24.09 @ 22:21pm
There are numerous guitarists out there who Malmsteen couldn't "shame". Where do you people come up with this stuff? There's more to it than playing...real...FAST....!!!!
Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 07.24.09 @ 22:23pm
also as an add on to what i just sayed he is very much one of the best shredders in history mabey even the best but he should be inducted and another thing kit should try actually thinking on how hard of stuff yngwie does it is the kind of music that is played only bye masterful hands and years of practice and is absolutly un-matched in speed on another note i believe bands such as britany spears should never see light in the rock and roll hall of fame because its the most untalented crap that has ever surfaced in the shithole of un-educated stars and above all bands like that are not even rock bands and therefore shouldent even be in the disscution
Posted by unknown on Friday, 07.24.09 @ 22:29pm
Well, I will agree with you on Britney Spears. Before you "canonize" Malmsteen any further, you should go listen to people like Jeff Beck, Van Halen, SRV, Eric Johnson, Al DiMeola, Zakk Wylde, Randy Rhoads, etc... You'll get an earful of innovation, speed, power, and emotion that will make Malmsteen sound pretty ordinary...
Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 07.24.09 @ 22:37pm
Being a player for so long, I really hate the term "shredder"...makes it sound like they're being compared to a wheat combine...!!!
Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 07.24.09 @ 22:41pm
My comments won't convince any of his detractors but here goes anyway.
Posted by Howard W. Tate on Wednesday, 09.9.09 @ 08:30am
In comparison, Zakk Wylde said once that he quit playing classical because you never hear anyone say "Wow, did you hear that new Segovia piece?" Malmsteen borrows from the great classical composers...a lot!!! Therefore most of his music is someone else's "complexity".
Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 09.9.09 @ 17:46pm
there is nothing malmsteen cannot play with a guitar. malmsteen can play steve vai's rubbish in his sleep. if i was as good as he is, i think i would show off and i bet he would get bored if he played slow stuff. he should be in the hall of fame for pure brilliance. many may not like his sound but he is the best guitarist around.
Posted by jonny rickett on Friday, 09.18.09 @ 13:12pm
If he played slow he'd get bored??? If Malmsteen played slow he'd get LOST!!! What exactly do you see in him that's "brilliant"? Ah, yes...the fact that he plays...real...fast!!! A sure sign of "brilliance for any player (not)!!! Like I've said before...he's a very ordinary player who lacks being unique or recognizable...
Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 09.18.09 @ 17:33pm
He plays fast because this is how this music should be played. There are some who likes slow and emotional stuff and there are some who likes fast classical stuff and there are some who likes em all.
Posted by Bansteen on Thursday, 09.24.09 @ 01:59am
Mistakes made on the previous comment.
Posted by Bansteen on Thursday, 09.24.09 @ 02:02am
Whatever you think if Yngwie he is still very influential among guitarist. He isn't that well known to the general public and he did used to be kind of a wanker, (although I think he's gotten less egotistical over the years and in general seems like a nicer guy now that he's stopped drinking) but that doesn't change the fact that so many people have copied him. He was really the first true shredder. Call him what you will, hate his music, but he has still had a huge impact. Most virtuoso rock guitarists these days are some mix of him and Van Halen.
Posted by Erik on Wednesday, 11.18.09 @ 11:24am
Malmsteen is too limited in his playing. Hes really only good at one thing and is stuck on basically one scale. His rhythms are usually basic. Not worthy of the hall of fame IMHO.
Posted by FrankO on Monday, 12.7.09 @ 16:05pm
I can play anything Yngwie Malmsteen has ever done with ease. I could play Black Star behind my back pickin with my teeth twice as fast lol. I always hated when he would say stuff like that about Van Halens Eruption.
Posted by FrankO on Monday, 12.7.09 @ 16:10pm
Posted by Jimmbodin on Monday, 12.7.09 @ 16:59pm
Posted by Jimmbodin on Monday, 12.7.09 @ 17:03pm
yngwie malmsteen = swissgar skwigelf...if you were that beast you would be showing off to dont hate
Posted by killpanda on Monday, 12.14.09 @ 17:09pm
Yngwie doesn't belong in the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame is a joke. Just take a look of some of the clowns who are in and think about some really important artists who aren't. Yngwie has done some nice stuff for sure, but he is a one trick pony and he isn't that well known to the general public either. In the history of guitar music, Yngwie is one of many, many players. I'd say his heroes Ritchie Blackmore and Uli Jon Roth have been more important and they aren't in either.
Posted by Dave on Friday, 01.8.10 @ 13:43pm
It's true that Malmsteen mostly appeals to other musicians. And it is also true that his ego could fill a stadium by itself...nut who cares?! A ton of the musicians that have already been inducted to the RRHOF have swollen egos.. it goes with the territory. But it's true that Yngwie has created a legitimate style of rock. And no matter how unpopular it may be today, it does, nevertheles deserve recognition. He is a virtuoso and he has expanded the possibilities of electric guitar technique just as much as any of his predecessors (Hendrix, Page, Van Halen). And he has creativily synthesized composers of the past (Bach, Mozart, Paganini) into a unique and expressive style of guitar playing. And to truly appreciate his compositional talents one only needs listen to his "Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar in E-flat Minor"..a truly impressive piece of work that can be appreciated by any lover of classical music.
Posted by wfenio on Tuesday, 02.16.10 @ 10:26am
i believe dimebag said it best sometimes one or 2 notes in a solo can do more than 50.... it isnt always necessary and i think thats y people call him a hack, yea he's talented and amazing but avg non musically talented listeners want something different sounding each song then what sounds like same thing over and over
Posted by Bobby Willis on Monday, 05.17.10 @ 06:34am
Gitarzan you are so full of crap it is not funny! Anyone whose ears are not filled with idiocy can recognize his playing! He IS A VERY UNIQUE player! Plus he influenced so many guitar players world wide. He was the first true shredder. Malmsteen, Blackmore, Roth, Schenker - are the best!!!
Posted by William on Monday, 05.31.10 @ 18:00pm
First of all, "William"...shredding doesn't mean "better". There are too many tricks (which others call "technique") out there that enable someone to play faster (sweep picking, etc...)...and Malmsteen does them all! If you'd like to hear truly great players who are also very fast (and pick every note), go on Youtube and listen to the likes of Eric Johnson and Al DiMeola...
Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 05.31.10 @ 19:05pm
Why not? I love that guy(no homo)! I've even drawn a medieval-style portrait thingy that looks like Yngwie in the posture of a heavy metal bard. I LOVE THAT GUY(no homo again)!
Posted by TheIosif on Thursday, 10.14.10 @ 13:37pm
I was a fan of Yngwie, Rising Force is still the best he has put out ( I wish he would re-record it as remastering doesn't do much), it was different and other than a few songs on Trilogy, he changed his direction with Odyssey which as the Album I got to know of him by and still even though his hand was still not 100% at the time was a good album. Ever since there have been songs that are great but not great Albums from him.
Posted by TheaterMan on Sunday, 02.13.11 @ 14:55pm
hey guys, stop compare ok.. all of them are great players in their own right..take care u all
Posted by dave on Friday, 04.8.11 @ 06:45am
At least in terms of technical abilities, Malmsteen is the J.S. Bach of the electric guitar. His music is complete non-sense, which is where the Bach comparison ends, but he ought to be considered at least for his techniques and the influence he has on, arguably, anyone & everyone in any genre who has picked up a guitar since his arrival on the scene.
Posted by Sunking278 on Wednesday, 04.24.13 @ 06:53am
Great melodies, compositions, intensity, showmanship, and of course 6 string monster.
Posted by chiquitiquitico on Friday, 06.14.13 @ 20:27pm
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