YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Doogie White has posted the following tour update on his official web site:
"Well we rocked in Westbury Long Island and caught up with a few old friends from the RAINBOW days. Good show, odd venue for RAWK though. But it went well and Yngwie spent time off the stage in pit that was between us and the audience. Rock 'n' roll venues should not have seats downstairs — it should be standing screaming crazees down the front. Wanna seat? Get on a bus.
"The next gig was Poughkeepsie where we caught up with old touring buddies George Lynch and band. I was looking forward to meeting old Kelly Keeling but he has been replaced now and Jeff Martin has also gone, making way for Vinny Appice. Very nice guy, though. Also on the bill were SEBASTIAN BACH and TWISTED SISTER. Never having seen either, it was fun to watch them work the crowd and I even recognised a few songs.
"Then it was Boston and Philly, both great cities and the audiences came and were conquered. In Boston at Berklee there were more guitarists than Yngwie has had singers, all eyes were on YJM all night and no one noticed that the rest of the band were actually hallographic projections, naked ones at that.
"Now we are in Sayerville, NJ which was my favourite gig on the last U.S. tour. Let's hope it RAWKs tonight The set has been changing nightly and shouts for ALCATRAZZ were followed up with 'Hiroshima' in Berklee. A huge thanks to the guy who shouted that."
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN is touring in support of his two new projects, "Unleash the Fury" and "Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra" DVD.
"Unleash the Fury", which hit stores July 26 through Spitfire Records, has been receiving rave reviews from critics and fans alike and has even been hailed as one of his best works to date. Also released this year was Yngwie's long-awaited "Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra" DVD, which was filmed in 2001 with the New Japan Philharmonic, conducted by Taizo Takemoto. Malmsteen has performed his concerto suite live with an orchestra just seven times. An interview with Malmsteen is included as a special bonus feature.