YMMV: Yngwie Malmsteen

  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: His best-selling album in Japan is Fire and Ice from 1992, an album that remained unreleased in the US until 2000. The audiences in Japan kept Malmsteen's career going in the 90s when virtuosity was a swear word elsewhere during the grunge craze. Hell, he even performed his Concerto live with a Japanese philharmonic orchestra. He is big in Japan!
  • More Popular Spin-off: Rising Force was supposed to be a side project, but after the success of his debut album, he left Alcatrazz to focus on it.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Malmsteen's band is the first band that Tim Owens didn't form himself whose fans didn't want his head on a platter in the last two decades.