Legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen has been asked to be a patron for “Rock The House”, a Parliamentary music competition founded by Mike Weatherley, a British Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP), and backed by the music industry and a huge roster of music legends. It sees MPs nominate musicians from their own constituency that are then judged by a panel of international music industry experts and musicians to determine the finalists who will compete in a live battle of the bands. Winners in each artist’s category will then play a live set on the Terrace of the House of Commons in the evening at the finale reception and winning loads of once-in-a-lifetime prizes.
Commented Yngwie: “I am very honored and excited to be patron of the ‘Rock The House’. It is for a great cause, and I am looking forward to being there.”
Added Weatherley: ‘I am delighted that Yngwie — who I know from many years personally, listening to his work to be such a virtuoso and influential guitarist — has become a patron of ‘Rock The House’.
“The ‘Rock The House’ competition, raising awareness of intellectual property and live music issues with parliamentarians, is indeed a ‘Rising Force’ in Parliament, attracting 165 MPs to take part last year making it the largest parliamentary event this year. The target, with Yngwie‘s support, is over 200 MPs.
“On September 20, Yngwie Malmsteen and [his wife/manager] April Malmsteen will be given a private tour of the Houses of Parliament and later a private event.”
The “Rock The House” competition is backed by Ministers, cross-party MPs, industry professionals and bodies — and rock stars, including Alice Cooper, DEEP PURPLE‘s Ian Gillan, BEE GEES‘ Robin Gibb, BLINK 182‘s Mark Hoppus, WHITESNAKE‘s Bernie Marsden, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE‘s Matt Tuck, ANTHRAX‘s Rob Caggiano, BUSTED and FIGHTSTAR‘s Charlie Simpson, GALLOWS‘ Laurent Bernard, DON BROCO‘s Rob Damiani and YES‘ Rick Wakeman, who are all official Patrons.
Said Weatherley: “The competition is so important in getting legislators to connect with a creative demographic that they sometimes do not engage with. Rock the House hopes to increase political awareness of IP issues and ensure that the U.K. remains a world-leading creative economy. It is a huge privilege to have created a forum for musicians, music industry professionals and Parliamentarians to add to the debate and discuss these crucial issues to pave the way forward. I am delighted that the Prime Minister will be taking part by entering a nomination.”