Generation Axe: A Night of Guitars
Featuring Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi.
As night set upon the Dallas skyline on a cloudy and rainy day there were five of the greatest Rock n Roll guitarist rolled into the city on their iron horses for GENERATION AXE at the Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum.
They were running a few minutes behind and late hitting the stage because their gear had been held up in traffic jams from all the rain during the day making the trek to Dallas. The sign on the outside on the ticket booth said “SOLD OUT” There were only a few high dollar balcony seats available.
As all five guitarist took the stage and spread from one side of the stage to the other there was this blast of Boston’s “Foreplay” that with all five guitars just screaming in unison setting the tone for the night. What an incredible harmony of each guitar splaying the air with the notes of a familiar tune for everyone there.
Tosin Abasi of Animal of Leaders took the stage first. It was the first time I had heard him play and I was impressed with his licks on his 8 string guitar. A little more techno than the rest of the guys but it was a nice set of instrumental music. Nuno Bettencourt came on stage with Abasi to perform one tune together then Bettencourt took off and performed 3 or 4 of his tunes taking a bar stool and sitting down center stage cracking some jokes making everyone laugh and then tearing up the acoustic for one song that he played masterfully. As with Abasi the next guy up Wylde joined the stage with Bettencourt to perform a tune together.
Zakk Wylde was probably the toast of the party that played on forever and really jacked the fans up when he left the stage while playing little wing shredding out into the audience to the delight of the fans. The cell phone cameras and smiles on their faces showed the love for getting the up close and personal performance as he strolled all the way to the back of the crowd and then making his way back down to the front and over to the opposite side retaking the stage.
Yngwie Malmsteen was the next player up that took the stage tossing his guitar high into the air playing a version of the star spangled banner but I guess being from Sweden there were some alterations by Malmsteen. Steve Vai joined him on stage to assist in his final song.
Star of the show had to be Steve Vai four of his songs before bring the rest of the guys back out on the stage playing 2 songs Frankenstein and Highway Star.
Great show. Catch them when you can.