Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai and More Join Forces for the 2018 Generation Axe Tour


Story by Charles Ken, photo by Anne Erickson

The 2018 Generation Axe tour will bring together five expert guitarists

Guitar lovers—here’s a tour for you. Expert hard rock and metal guitarists Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme and Tosin Abasi of Animals as Leaders have announced a 2018 North American Generation Axe tour, bringing a night of shredding to club venues across the country.

The tour will kick off Nov. 7 in Oakland, California, and run through a Dec. 18 show in Los Angeles, California. The Generation Axe trek will have the five guitarists performing together on the stage from their individual catalogs with a backing band.

“The Generation Axe experience goes way beyond simply gathering five guitar greats on one stage to jam,” Vai said in a statement. “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.”

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Generation Axe 2018 Tour Dates:

11/7 — Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
11/8 — Anaheim, CA, City National Grove
11/9 — 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
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
12/1 — Rochester, NY, Kodak Center for the Arts
12/3 — Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
12/4 — Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
12/5 — Richmond, VA, The National
12/8 — Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle
12/9 — 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
12/18 — Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern

Charles Ken
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