Keyboardist Derek Sherinian states Yngwie Malmsteen is a force of nature with unfiltered personality
Former Dream Of Theater and current Sons Of Apollo and Black Country Communion keyboardist Derek Sherinian was recently interviewd by KNAC and long-time Sleaze Roxx contributor Ruben Mosqueda.
Sherinian was asked about working with Yngwie Malmsteeen and whether the guitarist had received a bad rap to which the keyboardist stated: “Yngwie definitely speaks his mind and he’s unfiltered. I think when you have an unfiltered personality you’re going to make some people unhappy inevitably. I will say that Ynwgie is one of the greatest musicians that I have ever had the pleasure to work with, he’s a force of nature. His fluidity on his instrument and the fire that comes out is just unparalleled.”
In terms of how he came to play with KISS during the Revenge tour, Sherinian stated: “Eric Singer [KISS drummer] is my best friend, we played together in the Alice Cooper band then he brought me into that audition for the KISS tour. I was hired right away, I provided background vocals, keyboards and some sound effects, like explosions and things like that. It was a great experience. I was off stage so that was kind of strange to me but at the same time it was KISS and I saw it as a great opportunity to learn from Gene [Simmons] and Paul [Stanley]. That kind of thing you can’t learn in books or download from an app, you have to be hands on. I really valued that experience.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Sherinian at KNAC.