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Guitar Nerds Unite: Generation Axe Tour Will Feature Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Abasi

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There hasn’t been one of those Joe Satriani-led G3 guitar nerd super-tours since 2012, and there hasn’t been one in North America since 2007. Which doesn’t mean dorks couldn’t get their fix — plenty of great guitarists have obviously toured since the last G3 — but they couldn’t get their super-duper fix, the kind of fix which would satiate them for days, weeks, perhaps even months to follow.

That all changes in April, when the ridiculously-well-stacked Generation Axe tour kicks off. Featuring Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt, and Animals as Leaders’ Tosin Abasi, this trek is a guitar geek’s wet dream come to life, a Kelly Le Brock-in-Weird Science for the Gear Gods crowd.

Here’s part of a press release to get you all hot n’ bothered:

“The Generation Axe fan experience will go way beyond simply gathering five guitar greats on one stage to jam. Each tour stop will include a variety of collaborations by the five players, including everyone performing together as one cohesive band with a rhythm section including Pete Griffin (Dweezil Zappa, Stanley Clarke, Edgar Winter) on bass and Nick Marinovich (Yngwie Malmsteen) on keys. 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).”

Neat-o!

Tour dates are below. Get more info and ticketing links here.

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 Concerts By The Bay
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

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