Generation Axe Announce North American Tour Dates

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

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Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!

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