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Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen Lead ‘Generation Axe’ 2016 Tour

Jason Kempin / Ben Gabbe / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
Jason Kempin / Ben Gabbe / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Who loves guitar? If you do, there’s one tour you will not want to miss this year and it’s the newly announced “Generation Axe” trek. Five of the top hard rock and metal guitar players in the world will be touring together for dates beginning in April, making for a “can’t miss” show.

Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi fill out the inaugural touring lineup. “The Generation Axe show is a unique performance of five fiercely talented guitar players coming together to create a 6-string extravaganza that is sure to amaze and delight” commented Steve Vai on the tour.

The show will not only feature individual sets by each guitarist, but all five guitar greats will collaborate, including one performance where they form a cohesive band that’s filled out by bassist Pete Griffin and keyboardist Nick Marinovich. It’s expected that each musician will not only tackles songs from their respective catalogs, but will also have some surprises in store.

The tour gets underway April 5 in Seattle and continues into early May, wrapping May 8 in Providence, R.I. Ticketing for shows begins this Friday (Feb. 19), and there will also be front row, VIP and meet and greet packages available. For more information, stay tuned to the Generation Axe website.

Generation Axe 2016 North American Tour

4/5 — Seattle, Wash. — Paramount Theatre
4/6 — Vancouver, British Columbia — Queen Elizabeth Theatre
4/8 — Oakland, Calif. — Fox Theater
4/9 — Las Vegas, Nev. — The Joint
4/10 — San Diego, Calif. — Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay
4/11 — Los Angeles, Calif. — The Wiltern
4/13 — Denver, Colo. — Paramount Theatre
4/15 — Kansas City, Mo. — Uptown Theatre
4/16 — Salina, Kan. — The Stiefel Theatre
4/17 — Dallas, Texas — Bomb Factory
4/18 — Houston, Texas — Revention Music Center
4/20 — Jacksonville, Fla. — Florida Theatre
4/21 — Orlando, Fla. — Hard Rock Live
4/23 — Wilmington, N.C. — Cape Fear Community College
4/24 — Washington, D.C. — Warner Theatre
4/25 — Cincinnati, Ohio — Taft Theatre
4/26 — Indianapolis, Ind. — Murat Theatre
4/27 — Nashville, Tenn. — Ryman Auditorium
4/29 — Chicago, Ill. — Copernicus Center
5/1 — Madison, Wis. — Orpheum Theatre
5/2 — Royal Oak, Mich. — Royal Oak Music Theatre
5/4 — Toronto, Ontario — Massey Hall
5/5 — Upper Darby, Pa. — Tower Theater
5/6 — Westbury, N.Y. — Theatre at Westbury
5/7 — Hampton Beach, N.H. — Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
5/8 — Providence, R.I. — Providence Performing Arts Center

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