Five of the greatest guitarists of all time are returning to North America together in one show.
Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Abasi return for their second North American Generation Axe tour. They have 32 dates scheduled, starting at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA on November 7 and wraps up December 18 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA. This time around they will be hitting several new cities for the first time, as well as revisiting some these went to during their first tour.
Tickets go on-sale on July 13.
“The Generation Axe show is a unique performance of five fiercely talented guitar players coming together to create a 6-string extravaganza that is sure to amaze and delight,” says Steve Vai. “The Generation Axe experience goes way beyond simply gathering five guitar greats on one stage to jam. The idea was to create a seamless show with one backing band and 5 completely accomplished and astonishing guitarists that take to the stage in various configurations, performing some of their solo music and merging together as cohesive co-creators of lushly orchestrated guitar extravaganzas. Guitar Jams like this can get really messy when there is no organization and my idea was to create parts for everybody to play in harmony and off each other so it’s not a mess of noise. This worked out remarkably well. There are places where everyone is playing together in wild harmony.”
The guitarists will be joined by a rhythm section including Pete Griffin (Dweezil Zappa, Stanley Clarke, Edgar Winter) on bass, Nick Marinovich (Yngwie Malmsteen) on keys, and JP Bouvet on drums. You will see each guitarist perform various songs from their own catalogs as well as performing together for some well-known songs.
If the last tour was anything to go by, you do not want to miss this tour. It’s not every day you get to see these guitar wizards on stage, let alone together in one show.
Generation Axe Tour Dates:
|Nov 7||Oakland, CA||Fox Theater|
|Nov 8||Anaheim, CA||City National Grove|
|Nov 9||Las Vegas, NV||The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel Casino|
|Nov 10||Tempe, CA||Marquee Theatre #|
|Nov 11||Albuquerque, NM||El Rey Theater|
|Nov 13||Denver, CO||Paramount Theatre – Denver|
|Nov 15||Kansas City, MO||Uptown Theatre|
|Nov 16||Salina, KS||The Stiefel Theatre|
|Nov 17||Tulsa, OK||Brady Theater|
|Nov 18||Des Moines, IA||Hoyt Sherman Theatre|
|Nov 19||Cincinnati, OH||Taft Theatre|
|Nov 20||Grand Rapids, MI||20 Monroe Live|
|Nov 21||Detroit, MI||Fillmore Detroit|
|Nov 23||Meford, MA||The Chevalier Theater|
|Nov 24||Niagara Falls, NY||The Rapids Theatre|
|Nov 25||Kitchener, ON||Centre in the Square|
|Nov 27||Bethlehem, PA||Sands Bethlehem Event Center|
|Nov 28||Port Chester, NY||Capitol Theatre|
|Nov 29||Albany, NY||The Palace Theatre|
|Nov 30||Atlantic City, NJ||Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City – The Theater|
|Dec 1||Rochester, NY||Kodak Center|
|Dec 3||Greensburg, PA||The Palace Theatre|
|Dec 4||Westbury, NY||NYCB Theatre at Westbury|
|Dec 5||Richmond, VA||The National|
|Dec 8||Atlanta, GA||Tabernacle|
|Dec 9||Orlando, FL||Hard Rock Live|
|Dec 10||Davie, FL||Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino|
|Dec 11||Clearwater, FL||Ruth Eckerd Hall|
|Dec 13||Austin, TX||The Moody Theater|
|Dec 14||Dallas, TX||The Bomb Factory|
|Dec 16||Salt Lake City, UT||The Complex – Rockwell|
|Dec 18||Los Angeles, CA||The Wiltern|
# – Nuno Bettencourt not appearing