Hard rock musical legends Yngwie Malmsteen, Ron "Bumblefoot"
Several roadies prepped a stage full of amps (a wall of them, even), instruments and microphones as the fans, many wearing black shirts emblazoned with rock band names, arrived. They filled the front two-thirds of the theater, getting up close and personal to the face-melting music.
"Did somebody say 'play something?'"
He asked the crowd to cheer so he could take a video -- "Well done, thank you,"
When all was ready,
He kept up the frantic pace with "Turn Around," the inspired "Guitars Suck" and "Objectify," sticking around during set change to take photos with fans.
"We haven't played this one ever, live, in about 20 years," Hoey said, saying the same about a later jam, "Fade to Blue," from the same album.
He finished the set with his hit, "Hocus Pocus," earning a standing ovation.
Malmsteen capped off the night by setting the stage on fire -- metaphorically, of course. Smoke wafted over the stage as the audience clapped and shouted "Yngwie!"
The crowd rose as Malmsteen strode on stage, his long hair sawing over his black jacket. The acclaimed Swedish-born guitarist demonstrated how fast his fingers could fly on the guitar with his opening number, "Rising Force."
"I don't know about you guys, but I'm starting to feel a bit 'Spellbound,'" he said, tearing into the title track from his 2012 album.
Opener TD Clark set the tone for the night with some grinding instrumental tracks like "
"I would have loved to play for the North American audience on this tour ... I'm sure my three guitar-playing friends will be just fine without me and will more than make up for it with their considerable skills," he said.
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