The Record that Changed My Life: Yngwie Malmsteen Discusses Deep Purple's 'Fireball'

by Yngwie Malmsteen
Posted Aug 26, 2013 at 2:53pm

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Yngwie Malmsteen chooses (and discusses) the record that changed his life.

Deep Purple
Fireball (1971)

My sister gave me Fireball for my eighth birthday, June 30, 1971, and that day my life forever change.

I knew immediately that I was going to be a guitarist for life and there would be no turning back. It's like one minute I was a kid playing with cap guns, and then someone handed me a f---in' nuclear bomb! My life was never the same, to say the least.

I'd already started playing guitar. I had Hendrix and Clapton records in my house, and I liked the Beatles and the Monkees, but Deep Purple were it to me.

When I heard Fireball, I didn't have many albums to compare it to, and even if I did, it would've still kicked my a-- to hell and back. There is amazing guitar playing on it. Hendrix is godlike to me, but for a kid who wants o play guitar, the early Ritchie Blackmore solos were more challenging to play.

I worked on the guitar solo to "Demons Eye" forever until I could play it.

There's no question that Blackmore was a big part of my development. I learned how to play the blues from studying him. He has a unique sound a look, and there's a cool mystique about him. There's no one like him.


Add a Comment
0 Comments

Similar Guitar News

Yngwie Malmsteen Shreds on Guitar Gods Tour — Tour (6/25/2014)
As you probably know by now, Yngwie Malmsteen is headlining the Guitar Gods Tour, a note-filled jaunt — also featuring Gary Hoey and Guns N' Roses' Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal — that is now working its way from Seattle (June 26) to Houston (July 12). ...
Yngwie Malmsteen Covers Michael Jackson's "Beat It" — Listen (6/25/2014)
Check out Yngwie Malmsteen's cover of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" below. The track is from Malmsteen's late-2009 album, High Impact. "It was a tribute to [Jackson], but I’ve always liked the song," Malmsteen said in a "Dear Guitar Hero" feature ...
Yngwie Malmsteen Tackles Deep Purple's "Highway Star" in the Eighties — Listen (6/17/2014)
We admit this one is random — completely inspired by Yngwie Malmsteen's action-packed visit to Guitar World HQ last week. Check out Malmsteen's high-energy instrumental cover of Deep Purple's "Highway Star" from the mid-Eighties. The track ori...
Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli Jon Roth, Gary Hoey and Bumblefoot Announce Guitar Gods Tour (4/23/2014)
This summer, Yngwie Malmsteen will join Uli Jon Roth, Gary Hoey and Guns N' Roses' Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal for the first-ever Guitar Gods festival tour. Malmsteen will headline the tour, which is billed an "epic celebration — six-plus hours — of...
Video: Guitarist Sarah Michelle Demos Seymour Duncan Yngwie Malmsteen YJM Fury Pickups (12/11/2013)
Earlier this week, the gang at Seymour Duncan tweeted this posted-in-2012 video. In the clip, a guitarist named Sarah Michelle tries out Seymour Duncan's Yngwie Malmsteen YJM Fury STK-S10 pickups, which live in her Fender Stevie Ray Vaughan Sig...
Nirvana, Deep Purple, Yes and Kiss Among 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees (10/16/2013)
Nirvana — Guitar World's current cover stars — are among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2014 nominees. This latest batch of hopefuls also includes Deep Purple,
Deep Purple Announce New Single, "Above and Beyond" (10/1/2013)
Deep Purple have announced the next single from their 2013 album, NOW What?!. The single, "Above and Beyond," will be released October 25 via earMUSIC. You can check out a sample of the track below. According to the band's website, "Above and Be...
Hear Isolated Guitar Solos from Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," Deep Purple's "Highway Star," Judas Priest's "Painkiller," Metallica's "Fade to Black" and More (9/5/2013)
Below, check out the isolated guitar parts from Brian May's solo on Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and Ritchie Blackmore's solo on Deep Purple's "Highway Star." But wait, there's more! If you keep listening to the playlist, you'll hear several mor...
Dear Guitar Hero: Yngwie Malmsteen Answers Readers' Questions on Sweep Picking, Amps and Arrogance (8/29/2013)
FROM THE ARCHIVE: He’s the premier neoclassical shredder, known for his love of scalloped-fretboard Strats and walls of Marshall stacks. But what Guitar World readers really want to know is… What made you want to cover Michael Jackson’s “Beat It...
Listen: Yngwie Malmsteen Covers Michael Jackson's "Beat It" (8/29/2013)
Check out Yngwie Malmsteen's cover of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" below. The track is from Malmsteen's late-2009 album, High Impact. "It was a tribute to [Jackson], but I’ve always liked the song," Malmsteen said in a "Dear Guitar Hero" feature ...
Relentless: Yngwie Malmsteen Recounts His Rebellious Teen Years and How He Found Insiration Through Niccolo Paganini (8/28/2013)
This is an excerpt from the October 2013 issue of Guitar World magazine. For the rest of this story, plus a Dimebag Darrell poster and features on Mick Mars, Buddy Guy, the Mayhem Festival, Avenged Sevenfold, a guide to 15 fantastic electric gui...
Deep Purple unveil free TC Electronic TonePrints (8/7/2013)
Read more about Deep Purple unveil free TC Electronic TonePrints at MusicRadar.com TC Electronic has announced the addition of five free Deep Purple TonePrints, created in conjunction with bassist Roger Glover and guitarist Steve Morse.Like all ...
Deep Purple's Ian Gillian Has No Desire to Reunite with Ritchie Blackmore (8/1/2013)
Deep Purple released a successful album earlier this summer. So did Ritchie Blackmore's band, Blackmore's Night. But is there a chance these guys will get together and release a Deep Purple album with Blackmore? According to Deep Purple singer I...
Deep Purple to Release 'Perfect Strangers Live' DVD in October (8/1/2013)
Speaking of Ritchie Blackmore-era Deep Purple, we thought we'd let you know Eagle Rock Entertainment will be releasing a new DVD — Perfect Strangers Live — October 14. The concert shown on the DVD, which was shot in Melbourne, Australia, during ...
Purple Heart: Daredevil Guitar Virtuoso Steve Morse Discusses Deep Purple's New Album, 'Now What?!' (6/26/2013)
This is an excerpt from the August 2013 issue of Guitar World magazine. For the rest of this story, plus a tribute to Slayer's Jeff Hanneman and features on Buzz Osbourne of the Melvins, Joe Bonamassa, Iggy and the Stooges, Eric Clapton's 2013 C...