Yngwie Malmsteen visited the Houses Of Parliament yesterday to offer his patronage to MP Mike Weatherley’s Rock The House campaign, which has been promoting the importance of intellectual property rights and the live music sector in Parliament.
The Swedish guitar god stated:
“People like myself are very lucky in having already established a loyal fanbase. If I put out a new record, my fans will know about it and buy it.
“But the younger musicians of newer generations, their future doesn’t look too good. Everyone seems to have a CD out or YouTube videos, you know? Back in the 80s if you had a record out, you were hot shit!”
Yngwie also expressed some concerns with the state of today’s music industry and the disregard for intellectual property rights:
“Copyright is everything to a musician. Just like inventions, the music you write is like your own child. If it gets sold to people, you should be rewarded. No one should be able to take it from you.
“You don’t go around stealing cars! The rules should apply to music, film, books etc. Anything that can be distributed should be accounted for. Something has to be done. The machine is broken.”
Other stars that have expressed their support for Rock The House include: Ian Gillan, Alice Cooper, Julian Lennon, Rick Wakeman, Brian Robertson and Steel Panther.– Amit Sharma
-Classic Rock Magazine