Generation Axe Tour Kicks Off Tonight: See the First Photo of the Band

(Image credit: Jack Spittler)

Rehearsals are over, and the Generation Axe tour—featuring Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi—is finally hitting the road.

The tour, dubbed Generation Axe: A Night of Guitars, kicks off tonight, April 5, at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle.

Above, you can check out the first official photo of the Generation Axe crew!

"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 in February, when the tour was announced.

The Generation Axe fan experience will go beyond simply gathering five guitar greats on one stage to jam. Each stop will include collaborations by the five players, including everyone performing together as one band with a rhythm section that includes Pete Griffin (Zappa Plays Zappa) on bass, Nick Marinovich (Yngwie Malmsteen) on keys and Matt Garstka of Animals As Leaders 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).

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 & greet), a meet & greet package and a VIP tour package will be available.

For more information, visit generationaxe.com.

GENERATION AXE TOUR DATES

  • April 5, 2016 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
  • April 6, 2016 - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • April 8, 2016 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
  • April 9, 2016 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
  • April 10, 2016 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey's
  • April 11, 2016 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
  • April 13, 2016 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
  • April 15, 2016 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre
  • April 16, 2016 - Salina, KS - The Stiefel Theatre
  • April 17, 2016 - Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory
  • April 18, 2016 - Houston, TX - Revention Music Center
  • April 20, 2016 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
  • April 21, 2016 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
  • April 23, 2016 - Wilmington, NC - Cape Fear Community College
  • April 24, 2016 - Washington, DC - Warner Theatre
  • April 25, 2016 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre
  • April 26, 2016 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre
  • April 27, 2016 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
  • April 29, 2016 - Chicago, IL - Copernicus Center
  • May 1, 2016 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theatre
  • May 2, 2016 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
  • May 4, 2016 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
  • May 5, 2016 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theater
  • May 6, 2016 - Westbury, NY - Theatre at Westbury
  • May 7, 2016 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
  • May 8, 2016 - Providence, RI - Providence Performing Arts Center
  • May 9, 2016 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.