“Personally, I’ve always been the kind of person that’s kind of, like, if you get lemons, you make lemonade,” he continued. “So I was, actually, in March 2020, I was on a world tour; I was all over the place. And at the time exactly, in late February, early March — the second of March, actually, I think it was — we played in Mexico City. And agents called and they said, ‘We’re gonna push back the gigs two, three weeks or so.’ [Laughs] So I went home and very much enjoyed doing certain things. So it was fine. I went into the studio and started recording some songs and writing some songs, which I always do anyway. And this thing just dragged on and dragged on. I just said, ‘Okay, I’m just gonna record and write songs.’ So, basically, I spent a year in the studio.
“Having said that, I’ve learned from many years of doing this that too much time is also not good because you start second-guessing things,” Yngwie added. “It’s not good. So, basically, I only would go into the studio when I [was] very inspired and I would do first takes and stuff like that. When a riff or a melody came to me, I would capture it; that’s what I did. Then, of course, I got the schedule with the engineer. And before I knew, I had, like, 80, 90, almost a hundred [ideas]. And I started weeding them out — listening in the car a lot, just cruising around and listening to the stuff. So that’s what I did.
“Obviously, I wanted to go out on the road… But, as I said, me personally, I feel bad for everybody that had bad things happen and so on, but for me, it was kind of like — I don’t know… It was a long vacation or something. That’s a bad description… It obviously was a bad thing for everybody. I’m glad it’s almost over.”
“Parabellum” was released in July via Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group. Only four of the songs on the LP feature vocals. The album title is Latin, translating as “Prepare For War”.
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After working with some of the top hard singers of the past four decades, Yngwie now handles much of the lead vocals himself in his own band, backed by a lineup that includes keyboardist Nick Marino, bassist Emilio Martinez and drummer Brian Wilson.
Yngwie has just kicked off a month-long fall 2021 U.S. tour — his first major run of shows in 20 months.