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Steve Vai and Zakk Wylde
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In 2016, Steve Vai conceived Generation Axe – a supergroup to end all supergroups, for which he tapped some of the decade’s most proficient electric guitar heroes to join him on a North American tour that promised a “unique performance of five fiercely talented guitar players”.

“Unique” and “fiercely talented” turned out to be gross understatements, with Vai lining up alongside Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt, Tosin Abasi and Zakk Wylde for the first two-month tour.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.