By Steve Newton
Yngwie Malmsteen is famous for his blistering speed on the fretboard, but his choice of reading material isn’t nearly as well known.
The first time I interviewed the Swedish guitar legend, back in 1985, he had recently released his second solo album, Marching Out, which included a thank you to Stephen King.
Turns out the 23-year-old Stratmaster was a big fan of novels like Firestarter, The Stand, The Talisman, and the short-story collection Skeleton Crew.
He went on to explain that he was also inspired by the creative abilities of horror pioneer H.P. Lovecraft and inventor Leonardo da Vinci.
Have a listen. (You’ve gotta crank the volume a bit, but it’s Yngwie, so you’d do that anyway, right?)