Generation Axe (Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Etc.) To Release “The Guitars That Destroyed The World (Live in Asia)” In October

Generation Axe, the touring group featuring Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), have announced that they will be releasing a new live album titled “The Guitars That Destroyed The World (Live in Asia)” On October 5. The effort, which was recorded on their Asian tour, can be pre-ordered via PledgeMusic. As previously reported, Generation Axe will kick off their 2018 North American tour in November.

[via The PRP]

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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

Devin Townsend & Steve Vai Reunite Onstage For The First Time In 25 Years

During the 2017 Starmus Festival: Live And The Universe science and arts event in Trondheim, Norway, Devin Townsend joined Steve Vai onstage for the first time in 25 years. You can see footage of them performing “Here And Now” below:

Devin Townsend & Steve Vai To Reunite Onstage For The First Time In 25 Years

Devin Townsend was recently interviewed by eonmusic.co.uk, and revealed that he will take the stage with Steve Vai for the first time in 25 years. That performance will take place at the Starmus Festival: Live And The Universe science and arts event, which will be held on June 18-23 in Trondheim, Norway. Townsend said the following:

“We’re doing one of my songs with an orchestra, and I’m singing with him for the first time in 25 years. I’m also playing some of his stuff, so I think, now that I’ve been elevated to Riff Lord, I may get a promotion!”

Dave Grohl, Sammy Hagar Etc. Set For Fourth Annual Acoustic 4 A Cure Benefit

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Don Felder (ex-Eagles), Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Sammy Hagar, Vic Johnson (The Circle, etc.), Sarah McLachlan, Steve Vai, and Bob Weir (Grateful Dead) have been set for the fourth annual Acoustic 4 A Cure benefit. This special acoustic show benefits the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and will be held at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA, on May 15. The event usually features James Hetfield as well, but with Metallica’s busy tour schedule Grohl was recruited to fill in.

Incubus To Headline Desmond Tutu Tribute Concert

Incubus will be headlining a special acoustic event on the 85th birthday of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who is a leader in the South African anti-Apartheid movement and an advocate for human rights around the world. The event will take place on October 7, at The Saban Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, and will also include: Steve Vai, Donovan, Spencer Davis, Fishbone and more. Proceeds from the show will go towards the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation.

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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). “

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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