It is very interesting to listen to what Yngwie Malmsteen has to say. The legendary Swedish guitar hero is a large personality, often misjudged but always respected. This time Malmsteen stroke back with some sayings, that will be discussed. In a Malaysian press conference, he was asked why he chose to handle lead vocals himself on his latest album ("World On Fire", 2016). And he answered: "When I started out when I was a kid in Sweden, I had a band called Rising Force, I was the singer. Then I came to America and I was playing with Steeler and Alcatrazz, they had their own singers. I always thought that singers have the Elvis Presley syndrome — they think they're Elvis Presley. They're not Elvis Presley. Because I write the music, I write the lyrics, I write the vocal melody lines — I write everything. Just because I let somebody sing something doesn't mean they're more important than the bass player or the keyboard player or the drummer. Because I write all the parts — I write the drum parts, the bass parts, the keyboard parts, the guitar parts and the vocal parts — like a classical composer. And I really kind of got tired of dealing with their bullshit, really. So I decided to sing myself".  

Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist, Ed King, passed away on Wednesday, 22nd August 2018, at the age of 68. The death cause hasn't been revealed, but it was known that he was battling with lung cancer and was recently hospitalized. King was a member of Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1972 to 1975, and again from 1987 to 1996, and performed at the first three classic Skynyrd albums. He co-wrote the band's classic song, "Sweet Home Alabama" - he was also a founding member of the 60s psych-rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock.  

King's family wrote on Facebook: "It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Ed King who died at his home in Nashville, Tennessee on August 22nd, 2018. We thank his many friends and fans for their love and support of Ed during his life and career".

Gary Rossington, a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, said he was "shocked and saddened" by King's death. He said: "Ed was our brother, and a great songwriter and guitar player. I know he will be reunited with the rest of the boys in rock and roll heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sharon and his family".

The Sword, the stoner metal band from Texas, is going on hiatus. Directly following their upcoming U.S. shows, the band is going to take a break and that's why they have canceled their late October tour dates in Australia. The band, which released its latest album, "Used Future" in March 2018, states: "After 15 years of non-stop recording and touring, The Sword will take a hiatus following their U.S. shows at the beginning of October. The Australian tour scheduled for the end of October has been canceled. The band apologizes to their Australian fans, but feel it is time for a breather".

On the 21st of August, American President Donald Trump used a well-known Aerosmith song ("Livin' on the Edge" off the "Get A Grip" album) at a rally, at West Virginia's Charleston Civic Center. That caused the reaction of Aerosmith's frontman, Steven Tyler, who asked Trump not to use again an Aerosmith song for his political campaigns or rallies. Tyler's lawyer sent a letter to the White House, "accusing the President of willful infringement in broadcasting the song". It should be mentioned that is not happening for the first time since Aerosmith classic song "Dream On" was used at Trump rallies. 

Steven Tyler tweeted: "This is not about Dems vs. Repub. I do not let anyone use my songs without my permission. My music is for causes, not for political campaigns or rallies. Protecting copyright and songwriters is what I've been fighting for even before this current administration took office", "This is one of the reasons why Joe Perry and I have been pushing the senate to pass the Music Modernization Act. No is a complete sentence".

 

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