Guitarist Jake E. Lee was a recent guest on the Talk Toomey podcast to promote his band, Red Dragon Cartel’s second album, Patina. While on the show, he discussed fellow guitar player, Yngwie Malmsteen.

Speaking about the Swedish axe man, Lee said (via, “He’s a dick — that’s my main problem with him. He’s an arrogant f–king a–hole, and he always has been. I don’t know if he is right now, to be honest — I haven’t seen him in forever. But I can only assume that if when you’re younger, you’re that arrogant and that big of a dick, that you really never change. So I assume he still is. But no, he was just — he was a dick. And he was a great guitar player. But even then, he was really good at one little thing that he does — doing the sweeps and arpeggios and playing fast — and that’s all he could do. That’s one of my problems with him — it’s a very narrow band of guitar playing. He just focuses on this one part. He’s a sh–tty rhythm player; he can’t write a song worth a f–k. And I’m saying this, and this sounds bad — I feel a little bit bad — but knowing what an a–hole he is, I don’t feel that bad. You can’t be that arrogant if you’re only really good at one minute aspect of the art of playing guitar. And that’s all he was… And … yeah, f–k him.”

Patina will be released on November 9th through Frontiers Music Srl, listen to the song, Havana, here.

Patina track listing:

1. Speedbag
2. Havana
3. Crooked Man
4. The Luxury Of Breathing
5. Bitter
6. Chasing Ghosts
7. A Painted Heart
8. Punchclown (bonus track)
9. My Beautiful Mess
10. Ink & Water

10 Responses

  1. Wow, somehow that was beautiful. I love hearing someone’s truth.
    While some observers would say that what we deride, we see in ourselves.

    Still, I love this from Jake E. We could be friends, I love irreverence.

  2. Jake needs to be careful what he says or else Yngwie will “Unleash the f-n’ furry!” on him. Yngwie’s fist is the size of Jake’s entire head.

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