RockOverdose.gr: You first came into prominence during your stint with YNGWIE MALMSTEEN. It surely has been quite some time since then, but what are your memories from back then?
Jeff Scott Soto: “It was a great time but also one that has a lot of discolored memories as well. I learned more than I expected so soon after joining him, and I mean that in a negative way! The business is ugly already, so the people you surround yourself with should be ones who have your back and that you can trust…not any fault to Yngwie, but he was pretty much in it for himself we as his backup band were helpless sidemen with no chance for growing or making something of ourselves while we were with him. Clearly you can see why I left so soon after starting with him, even at 19 years old, I knew I had so much more to offer as an artist.”
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Soto is gearing up for his first full European tour since 2009. Dates are as follows:
4 – Belfast, Ireland – The Limelight
5 – Birmingham, England – The Asylum
6 – London, England – Camden Underworld
7 – Rotherham, England – Hard Rock Hell AOR Festival
11 – Kerkrade, Netherlands – Rock Temple
12 – Vosselaar, Belgium – Biebob
13 – Hamburg, Germany – Rock N’ Roll Warehouse
16 – Essen, Germany – Turock
17 – Cergy Vaureal (Paris), France – Le Forum
19 – Lichtenfels, Germany – Paunchy Cats
20 – Budapest, Hungary – Club 202
22 – Serbia – TBC
24 – Sofia, Bulgaria – Venue TBA
25 – Thessaloniki, Greece – 8ball
26 – Athens, Greece – Kyttaro Live
29 – Milan, Italy – Blue Rose Saloon
2 – Barcelona, Spain – Sala Razzmatazz 3
3 – Valladolid, Spain – Sala Porta Caeli
4 – Santiago de Compastella, Spain – Sala Capitol
5 – Madrid, Spain – Sala Caracol
Soto will be touring with the most recent band lineup, comprising Jorge Salán (guitar), Fernando Mainer (bass), ‘BJ’ (guitar/keys and vocals) and Edu Cominato (drums/vocals) and will be showcasing his current solo album, Damage Control, as well as tracks from across his solo and front-man roles right across his outstanding career.
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