Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Etc. Set For Second Generation Axe Tour

Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders) have announced dates for a second Generation Axe tour. Bassist Pete Griffin (Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, etc.), keyboardist Nick Marionovich (Yngwie Malmsteen), and drummer JP Bouvet will also take part in the trek.

Vai said the following:

“‘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.”

Tour Dates:

11/07 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
11/08 Anaheim, CA – City National Grove
11/09 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
11/10 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre (no Nuno Bettencourt)
11/11 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
11/13 Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre – Denver
11/15 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre
11/16 Salina, KS – The Stiefel Theatre
11/17 Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater
11/18 Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Theatre
11/19 Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
11/20 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
11/21 Detroit, MI – Fillmore Detroit
11/23 Medford, MA – The Chevalier Theater
11/24 Niagara Falls, NY – The Rapids Theatre
11/25 Kitchener, ON – Centre in the Square
11/27 Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center
11/28 Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
11/29 Albany, NY – The Palace Theatre
11/30 Atlantic City, NJ – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City – The Theater
12/01 Rochester, NY – Kodak Center
12/03 Greensburg, PA – The Palace Theatre
12/04 Westbury, NY – NYCB Theatre at Westbury
12/05 Richmond, VA – The National
12/08 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
12/09 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
12/10 Davie, FL – Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
12/11 Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
12/13 Austin, TX – The Moody Theater
12/14 Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
12/16 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex – Rockwell
12/18 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern


Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt & Tosin Abasi To Tour Together As Generation Axe

Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, etc.), Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders) will be heading out on tour together under the name Generation Axe. The official press release for the trek said the following:

“The Generation Axe fan experience will go way beyond simply gathering five guitar greats on one stage to jam. Each tour stop will include a variety of collaborations by the five players, including everyone performing together as one cohesive band with a rhythm section including Pete Griffin (Dweezil Zappa, Stanley Clarke, Edgar Winter) on bass and Nick Marinovich (Yngwie Malmsteen) on keys. Vai, Wylde, Malmsteen, Bettencourt and Abasi will perform songs from their various catalogs and join forces on some well-known songs (as well as probably a few unexpected, unearthed gems). “


Tickets can be found HERE, and you can check out the dates below:

04/05 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
04/06 Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
04/08 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
04/09 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
04/10 San Diego, CA – Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay
04/11 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
04/13 Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
04/15 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre
04/16 Salina, KS – The Stiefel Theatre
04/17 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
04/18 Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
04/20 Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
04/21 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
04/23 Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College
04/24 Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
04/25 Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
04/26 Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre
04/27 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
04/29 Chicago, IL – Copernicus Center
05/01 Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre
05/02 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
05/04 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
05/05 Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theater
05/06 Westbury, NY – Theatre at Westbury
05/07 Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
05/08 Providence, RI – Providence Performing Arts Center