Swedish guitar legend and classical metal master Yngwie Malmsteen will make his triumphant return to North American stages with a fall headlining tour. In support of Malmsteen's latest release, "Relentless", the trek will kick off on Thursday, October 13 at New York City's Irving Plaza.
Of the upcoming dates, Malmsteen commented, "I am very much looking forward to playing new pieces from 'Relentless', as well as Malmsteen classics. Fans can expect the unexpected...I raise the bar with every performance I do and this tour will be no different."
The dates are as follows:
Oct. 13 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Oct. 14 - Albany, NY - Northern Lights
Oct. 18 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
Oct. 19 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix
Oct. 21 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Oct. 23 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
Oct. 26 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
Oct. 28 - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
Oct. 29 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
Nov. 01 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues
Nov. 02 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
Nov. 04 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
Nov. 05 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
A promotional trailer for the tour can be seen below.
Malmsteen's new album, "Relentless", sold around 1,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release.
Yngwie's previous CD, "Perpetual Flame", opened with around 2,000 units back in October 2008, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Released on November 22, 2010 via Malmsteen's own Rising Force Records, "Relentless" contains more than 60 minutes of brand new material and showcases the guitar great at his best with the signature virtuosity and mind-blowing technical speed for which he has come to be known. "Relentless" also features striking vocals from Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH), who first collaborated with Malmsteen on "Perpetual Flame" (Malmsteen's first album for the Rising Force Records label).
Of the new album, Malmsteen commented, "The album title really says it all. The drive to surpass my own accomplishments can best be described with one word relentless. After all these years of composing and playing music, I still am passionate about pushing myself to the limit to the highest, most demanding level of playing possible."