So what, Stumps a few years older than Yngwie ... This means NOTHING!!! Look at the Neo-classical greats .. Yngwie, Becker, Roth, Blackmore, Gilbert, Macalpine e.t.c. These are all exceptionally unique talents who have calved their own career paths on their own individual terms .. sorry to say Joe doesn't fall into this league.
Sure Malmsteen borrowed elements of Blackmoore's style, but he didn't blatently 'rip off' his style, he just used elements and incorporated them into his own playing. Look at Paul Gilbert, very influenced by Yngwie and you can hear the influence in his playing but he also has a very unique style where you can listen to any of his records and go 'yeh that's Gilbert', not everyone can do that with Stump unless your heavily into the scene as he is so similiar to Yngwie people not in 'the know' will just miskate his playing for Malmsteens .. and for this reason, Stump will never be up there witht he true innovators and pioneers
'Copy= knowingly use someone else's ideas. Knowingly is the key word'
Joe has said in the past and admits he tried to copy Yngwie as soon as he first ever heard him, THAT was the playing he wanted to play and it was all over. The age gap means absolutley nothing, He may have been playing Hendrix and Blackmore/classical stuff around the same time maybe, but a few years difference makes no difference, the impact Yngwie had on Stumps playing was so huge,so dramatically evident in his music that he hasn't got mushc of a unique style people can go 'hey that sounds like Joe Stump' people are more likely going to say 'hey that sounds like Yngwie Malmsteen' .. this is fact.
I read an artical on Zakk Wylde a while ago, he dais how he defines a virtuoso on the basis you can tell who the player is in 5 secs from listening to them .. to an extent this is true .. Yngwie is so recognisable, Stump ain't - but he makes a dam good tribute act
On a different note, is anyone here into James Byrd?