4 Years Ago
I was writing about the glorious year that was 1983. My fifth post on the year involved Night Ranger, Gary Moore, Marillion and Michael Schenker.
Music magazines became my filters to tell me what’s good and not.
- Faces, Hit Parader and Circus up until 1988.
- Guitar World from 1986 to current day.
- Guitar For The Practicing Musician from 1987 to when it was absorbed by Guitar One and then until Guitar One was absorbed by Guitar World in the early 2000’s.
- Metal Edge between 1989 to about 1998.
- RIP for a few years around 1989 and 1990 and I think it also went bust.
- Hot Metal (an Australian mag) from 1989 to when it ended and in the early 2000’s Metal Hammer became a filter.
- Kerrang was another mag I purchased here and there.
8 Years Ago
I did a post on the January 1986 issue of Guitar World.
Part 2 is an interview with Dave Meniketti from Y&T, in which he rates other guitarists.
It mentioned in the magazine that Billy Sheehan would be joining David Lee Roth on his new solo project and that DLR is also trying to get Yngwie Malmsteen in there.
Who would have thought how interconnected Malmsteen and Steve Vai where at that time.
Malmsteen came to America and played in Alcatrazz. He left that band to do Rising Force.
Alcatrazz hired Steve Vai as his replacement.
DLR is looking at putting a new band together post Van Halen and Malmsteen is sought out, however it is Vai that gets the job.
“I’d rather have people dislike my style than change it,” he says. “If someone says, ‘Hey, Yngwie, you play too damn much’ –- I don’t care. The way I play is the way I like to play. If people like it – great. If they don’t, it’s still fine with me.”
I think 35 years later; it’s safe to say that Yngwie didn’t conform to any record label standard.
The magazine came out in January 1986.
Malmsteen was promoting “Marching Out” which came out October 1985.
In September of 86 he released “Trilogy”.
Three albums in three years as a solo artist.
In total if you include the Steeler and Alcatrazz releases that is six releases in four years.
Remember Malmsteen’s motto, it’s all about the music.
Releasing frequently was how it was done back in the day so that artists could get traction and that is how it should be done in this day and age.
Six album releases in four years.
A total of 50 songs over a 48 month (as one Alcatrazz album was a live release). A song a month should be the aim of every artist as a minimum. And its something which artists do on streaming services these days.
Part 2 – Dave Meniketti Shoots His Mouth Off.
That is the title of the segment by Bob Grossweiner. It’s very hard to find anyone these days that is honest in their views of other contemporary musicians.
This article got me started in seeking out the music by Y&T.
Anyway let’s get to some of his views;
Dave Murray and Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden): “I don’t like them. Both are poor to adequate guitarists”.
Iron Maiden is coming off the mega successful “Powerslave” World Tour which resulted in the also mega successful “Live After Death”. Ballsy by Meniketti.
Mick Mars (Motley Crue): “Not the greatest player but a great guy. He’s not inspired and he’s very sloppy. He sounds like he picked up a guitar two years ago.”
Mick Mars likes the blues and along his path to play the blues he ended up in Motley Crue and the rest is history.
Chris Holmes (WASP): “I don’t like him. It’s bullshit guitar playing.”
Holmes was more noise and appearances for me.
Matthias Jabs and Rudolph Schenker (Scorpions), K.K Downing and Glen Tipton (Judas Priest): “Guitarists to fill holes where solos are. I don’t find them inspiring soloists.”
A bit harsh on the Scorpions and Judas Priest duo, especially when the Scorpions where coming off the success of “Love at First Sting” and Judas Priest where on a commercial roll that started with “British Steel” in 1980.
Nevertheless Meniketti was asked his views and he gave them and I became a fan in the process, without even hearing a note of his music.
George Lynch (Dokken): “He reminds me a lot of the Los Angeles guitarists. Good and technical but relying a lot on the bar. He gets boring after a while.”
As Lynch got older and wiser, even he himself commented on his overuse of too much distortion and whammy.
Meniketti spoke highly about Yngwie Malmsteen, Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot), Eric Clapton, Van Halen, Gary Moore, Angus Young, Neil Schon, Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townsend, Ted Nugent, Ronnie Montrose, John Sykes, Ritchie Blackmore and Billy Gibbons.
For Neal Schon, he mention how he learned a lot from Neal, how Clapton is a master and not a clone, how Hendrix was his biggest influence, how Billy Gibbons is the ultimate R&B influence in Rock N Roll and how Jeff Beck is an innovator.
And in case you didn’t know, Meniketti was asked to join Whitesnake at one stage and Ozzy Osbourne’s new solo band before Randy Rhoads came on the scene.