STEVE VAI, ZAKK WYLDE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, NUNO BETTENCOURT AND TOSIN ABASI TO STAGE GENERATION AXE AT
HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO ATLANTIC CITY
Source: Hard Rock Hotel Atlantic City
Atlantic City, NJ () – The term “supergroup” gets thrown around on a regular basis these days, however, GENERATION AXE undisputedly brings together some of the greatest guitarists of all time on one stage. Steve Vai, Jersey’s own Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Abisi will once again convene on inside Sound Waves at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. Tickets go on-sale this
According to Steve Vai, "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.” Vai, Wylde, Malmsteen, Bettencourt and Abasi will perform songs from their various catalogs and will even join forces on some well-known songs, as well as, a few unexpected gems. Vai continues, “The Generation Axe experience goes way beyond simply gathering five guitar greats on one stage to jam. The idea was to create a seamless show with one backing band and 5 completely accomplished and astonishing guitarists that take to the stage in various configurations, performing some of their solo music and merging together as cohesive co-creators of lushly orchestrated guitar extravaganzas.”
Virtuoso guitarist, Steve Vai is a visionary composer and consummate audio producer who sculpts musical sound with infinite creativity and technical mastery. He is one of the most in-demand, versatile, eloquent and soulful guitarists in the business, and has appeared as a guest artist on more than 40 albums and created music for blockbuster films, best-selling video games, national sports franchises, and corporate brand initiatives. Vai has also earned honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and Musicians Institute.
GRAMMY Award-winner Zakk Wylde’s legendary career includes a lengthy tenure with Ozzy Osbourne in which Wylde co-wrote and recorded several albums, including the multiplatinum No More Tears, Osbourne’s largest selling solo album featuring the classic hit single, “Mama, I’m Coming Home.” With Osbourne, Wylde has played on countless world tours and television appearances, with his signature bullseye Les Paul in tow. But nothing offers the pure expression of Zakk Wylde’s animalistic “id” like Black Label Society, the stomping, heavy, bluesy, recklessly unhinged hard-rock-metal quartet who are quick to rip up a solo as to dip into a piano-fueled anthemic ballad.
When Yngwie J. Malmsteen hit the scene in the early 80s, he turned the entire guitar world upside down. Never-before was guitar playing like his ever heard. Drawing inspiration from his love for Baroque and Romantic classical music, Malmsteen employs classical violin techniques such as four and five octave arpeggios, pedal notes, and harmonic minor, diminished and Phrygian scales, flawlessly delivered at mind-boggling levels of speed and clarity. Malmsteen has received numerous Grammy nominations, hundreds of magazine covers, dozens of Reader's Poll and Composer of the Year Awards. TIME Magazine placed him as one of the top ten guitarists of all time.
Guitar wizard, singer-songwriter, and record producer, Nuno Bettencourt rose to international prominence as a guitar player with the Boston-area band EXTREME, one of the most successful rock acts of the early to mid-1990s selling over 10 million records worldwide. Musically, EXTREME is dominated by Bettencourt’s blistering guitar riffs, often with funky, syncopated timing, and incendiary, high-speed rock/metal solos. Bettencourt penned the acoustic ballad “More Than Words” that went to #1 on the Billboard charts. Bettencourt has also written, produced and performed with many legendary artists including Rihanna, Steven Tyler, Paul McCartney, Janet Jackson and many others.
Tosin Abasi is a Nigerian-American guitarist known as the guitar player and founder of the instrumental progressive metal band, Animals as Leaders. Abasi’s compositions of intricate music have garnered critical acclaim in a few short years. Abasi is part of the breed of new contemporary players who are raising the bar on the concept of electric guitar virtuosity. His approach to the guitar stems from a passion for advanced techniques and harmony. Using 7, 8, and 9-string guitars have allowed Abasi to create a highly unique and individual sound.
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