Vai, Wylde, Malmsteen, Bettencourt, Abasi bringing back Generation Axe

The term “supergroup” gets thrown around on a regular basis these days; however, Generation Axe undisputedly brings together some of the greatest guitarists of all time.   Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abisi once again will join together to tour North America to stage 32 appearances across the country.  Beginning Nov. 7 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California, the run will return to markets where the inaugural tour was celebrated and hit several new cities for the first time.  The general on-sale goes live July 13.

“The Generation Axe show is a unique performance of five fiercely talented guitar players coming together to create a six-string extravaganza that is sure to amaze and delight,” Vai said.

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 featuring Pete Griffin (Dweezil Zappa, Stanley Clarke, Edgar Winter) on bass, Nick Marinovich (Yngwie Malmsteen) on keys and JP Bouvet on drums. 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).

“The Generation Axe experience goes way beyond simply gathering five guitar greats on one stage to jam,” Vai said. “The idea was to create a seamless show with one backing band and five 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.”

Making this rare tour experience even more special, Generation Axe VIP packages will be offered, giving fans access to these guitars masters and exclusive one-of-a-kind memorabilia. A front row package (including a meet and greet), a meet and greet package, and a VIP tour package will be available. For more information, visit

Confirmed appearances include:

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 #
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

# – Nuno Bettencourt not appearing

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