Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Abasi announce second Generation Axe Tour

Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders) will be joining forces again this fall for a second installment of the Generation Axe Tour. The backing band for the trek will be made up of bassist Pete Griffin (Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, Dweezil Zappa, etc.), keyboardist Nick Marionovich (Yngwie Malmsteen) and drummer JP Bouvet.

Vai issued the following statement of the upcoming tour:

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.”

General sales begins tomorrow at 10:00 AM local time. VIP packages are available now via Future Beat.

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

* = no Nuno Bettencourt