“GENERATION AXE” TOUR FEATURING STEVE VAI, ZAKK WYLDE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, NUNO BETTENCOURT AND TOSIN ABASI ANNOUNCE 2018 TOUR DATES

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. Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abisi once again will join together to tour North America to stage 32 appearances across the country. Beginning on November 7th at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California, the run will return to markets where the inaugural tour was celebrated and hit several new cities for the first time. The general on-sale goes live July 13th.

Steve Vai offers, “The Generation Axe show is a unique performance of five fiercely talented guitar players coming together to create a six-string extravaganza that is sure to amaze and delight.”

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, Nick Marinovich (Yngwie Malmsteen) on keys, and JP Bouvet on drums. 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).

Vai shares, “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 five 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. Guitar jams like this can get really messy when there is no organization and my idea was to create parts for everybody to play in harmony and off each other so it’s not a mess of noise. This worked out remarkably well. There are places where everyone is playing together in wild harmony.”

Making this rare tour experience even more special, Generation Axe VIP packages will be offered, giving fans access to these guitars masters and exclusive one-of-a-kind memorabilia. A front row package (including a meet-and-greet), a meet-and-greet package, and a VIP tour package will be available. For additional information, visit generationaxe.com.

Generation Axe tour dates:

November:

7 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
8 Anaheim, CA – City National Grove
9 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
10 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre #
11 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
13 Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre – Denver
15 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre
16 Salina, KS – The Stiefel Theatre
17 Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater
18 Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Theatre
19 Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
20 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
21 Detroit, MI – Fillmore Detroit
23 Medford, MA – The Chevalier Theater
24 Niagara Falls, NY – The Rapids Theatre
25 Kitchener, ON – Centre in the Square
27 Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center
28 Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
29 Albany, NY – The Palace Theatre
30 Atlantic City, NJ – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City – The Theater

December:

1 Rochester, NY – Kodak Center
3 Greensburg, PA – The Palace Theatre
4 Westbury, NY – NYCB Theatre at Westbury
5 Richmond, VA – The National
8 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
9 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
10 Davie, FL – Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
11 Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
13 Austin, TX – The Moody Theater
14 Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
16 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex – Rockwell
18 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

# Nuno Bettencourt not appearing

About the guitarists:

Many artists fit easily into a single category, while Steve Vai remains unclassifiable. He is a virtuoso guitarist, 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. The Grammy Award winner has sold over 15 million albums and toured the world as a solo artist, a member of G3, and with Frank Zappa, Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake. Vai launched his successful solo career with the release of Flex-Able in 1984 and has written, produced, and engineered all of his solo albums. He 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 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 and the bulk of the double platinum 2002 set Ozzmosis. With Osbourne, Wylde has played on countless world tours and television appearances, with his signature bullseye Les Paul in tow. Wylde has his mitts imprinted on Hollywood’s Rock Walk Of Fame; guest-starred alongside Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston in the movie Rock Star; and even jammed with Axl, Slash and Duff McKagan in Guns N’ Roses. 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. In doing so, he has singlehandedly created a brand-new style of guitar playing and composing that is still derived from today. In addition to having written and produced 35+ neoclassical rock albums, Malmsteen composed and orchestrated the Concerto Suite For Electric Guitar And Orchestra, which he recorded with the prestigious Czech Philharmonic in Prague, conducted by Yoel Levy of Atlanta Symphony fame. Malmsteen subsequently performed the piece live with the New Japan Philharmonic and the Taipei Symphony, among others. Malmsteen has received numerous Grammy nominations, hundreds of magazine covers, dozens of Reader’s Poll and Composer of the Year Awards, a plaque on the Rock Walk Of Fame, signature model guitars, amps, pickups, strings, picks, pedals, microphones, and more. Time magazine placed him as one of the top ten guitarists of all time. Some 35 years and 25 million+ album sales later, Yngwie shows no signs of slowing down.

Guitar virtuoso, singer-songwriter, and record producer Nuno Bettencourt rose to international prominence as a guitar player with the Grammy-nominated, 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 and Hole Hearted that reached #4. He has released multiple solo albums as well as with bands he founded, including Mourning Widows Population 1, Dramagods and Satellite Party. Bettencourt has written, produced and performed with many legendary artists including Rihanna, Steven Tyler, Paul McCartney, Janet Jackson and many others.

Oluwatosin Ayoyinka Olumide Abasi, better known as 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 seven-, eight-, and nine-string guitars have allowed Abasi to create a highly unique and individual sound.

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GREAT WHITE NAMES MITCH MALLOY AS NEW LEAD SINGER

Legendary rock band, Great White is proud to announce that Mitch Malloy is now its lead singer. Malloy, a celebrated songwriter and artist now based in Nashville, takes the reigns as only the third lead vocalist in Great White’s 36-year history.

“Mitch is an incredible singer, artist, songwriter and engineer,” lead guitarist, Mark Kendall said. “We’re beyond excited to stretch our musical muscles with a fresh, new take on Great White’s catalog of hits. Terry Ilous has been released to join his other projects. We wish him the best of luck and thank him for his run with Great White.”

Malloy, who originally hails from Dickinson, N.D., charted his first solo single, Anything At All in 1992. His subsequent hits Nobody Wins In This War and Our Love Will Never Die also made Billboard’s Top 100. Most recently he’s been cranking out penned hits and producing clients for his Malloy Master Tracks studio. These clients include Taylor Swift, Boys Like Girls, Kenny Loggins, Craig Morgan, Johnny Gates and many more.

Malloy has been in this is this situation before. In 1996 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Van Halen, asked Malloy to take the reigns as its singer. Although Malloy didn’t take the gig, he further established his reputation as a universally- respected frontman. He’s thrilled to be a part of Great White. He’s not trying to be a “clone” of previous singers Jack Rusell and Ilous.

“I have to represent this music honorably,” Malloy said. “I respect what has come before me, and have to remind fans of where they were when they first heard these songs. I also have to be myself at the same time. When I first heard my own voice with Great White’s music, I knew something special was going on.”

Guitarist and keyboardist, Michael Lardie, praised Malloy for his musical chops and reputation.

“We had an immediate rapport with Mitch,” Lardie said. “I’m positive the fans will embrace Mitch and continue to support Great White. This music is bigger than any one person.”

“We’re ready to rock with Mitch,” drummer Audie Desbrow added. “2018 and beyond still has a lot in store for Great White. Don’t ever count us down and out. It feels like we’re just getting started.”

Great White is focused on its newest journey with Malloy. They plan on returning to the studio and will update fans as soon as they can. Great White is Mark Kendall (lead guitar), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards), Audie Desbrow (drums, percussion), Scott Synder (bass) and Mitch Malloy (vocals).

Catch Great White on tour. More dates are being added and all dates subject to change.

July 14 | The Lucky Eagle Casino | Rochester, Wash.
July 20 | Harrah’s Cherokee | Cherokee, N.C.
July 21 | Macon City Auditorium | Macon, Georgia
July 27 | St. Clair Riverfest | St. Clair, Mich.
July 28 | Beaver Dam Amphitheater | Beaver Dam, Ky.
July 30 | Monroe County Fair | Monroe, Mich.

August 3 | Psycho Silo | Sheffield, Ill.
August 4 | Clearfield County Fair | Clearfield, Pa.
August 15 | Iowa State Fair | Des Moines, Iowa
August 17 | Turning Stone Resort & Casino | Verona, N.Y.
August 18 | Kentucky State Fair | Louisville, Ky
August 19 | The Foundation Performing Arts Center | Spindale, N.C.
August 25 | Idaho Rock Fest Melaleca Field | Idaho Falls, Idaho

September 1 | Shenandoah County Fair | Woodstock, Va.
September 2 | Jergel’s Rhythm Grille | Warrendale, Pa.
September 8 | Grand Falls Casino | Larchwood, Iowa
September 15 | Rockefella’s Music Festival II | Banning, Calif.
September 22 | Southwind Casino | Newkirk, Okla.
September 28 | Private Event | Detroit, Mich.
September 29 | BMI Speedway | Versailles, Ohio

October 6 | Pearl River Casino & Resort | Philadelphia, Pa.

November 2 | Sycuan Casino | El Cajon, Calif.
November 16 | Golden Nugget Casino | Las Vegas, Nev.

Visit OfficialGreatWhite.com for additional details.

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FORMER PANTERA BASSIST REX BROWN PENS TRIBUTE TO VINNIE PAUL, WRITES, “HE WAS THE ORIGINAL FOR HIS GENERATION”

Former Pantera bassist Rex Brown has penned a tribute to Vinny Paul via Rolling Stone. Excerpts from the remembrance appear below.

“I’ve been devastated, saddened, and shaken, almost beyond words, about the passing of my longtime brother in Pantera, Vincent Paul Abbott.

While I understand and appreciate the desire to hear from me, I have taken my time to collect my thoughts, to begin to process this terrible loss. I’ve chosen to decline the interview requests, because this is not about me. This moment belongs to Vinnie.

I’d like to send out my sincerest and heartfelt condolences to his relatives, to the Pantera family, to his newer family in Hellyeah, and to all of the fans that Vinnie Paul spent his life entertaining. My thoughts and prayers are with every one of you.

I’m especially heartbroken for Vinnie’s father, Jerry Abbott, who opened his studio and showed us the ropes in the early days. No man should have to bury his sons.

All I can do is focus on the great times and the brotherhood the four of us shared.

When I was in junior high, I’d heard of these boys, the Abbotts. I knew Vinnie Abbott was an outstanding drummer…My high school had one of the best music programs in the country. I met Vinnie in tenth grade…he was playing drums in one of the country’s most prestigious lab bands at the high school level. The lab band was always invited to Montreux Jazz Festival…

…Vinnie and I formed a really tight bond, as we would have to do sectionals. In these sectionals, they’d put Vinnie and I in a room, but rather than go over the stuff we were supposed to rehearse, we’d play Rush’s 2112 in its entirety instead.

The brothers and I went to every major concert together that came to town. We saw The Eagles, KISS, Pat Travers, Sammy Hagar, etc…

…Vinnie and I often went on fishing trips together…We usually went out on this big lake on the Texas/Louisiana border, Toledo Bend. Sometimes we’d go so far we’d get lost, or run out of gas in our little boat and have to paddle in. We even sunk a couple of those boats in our huge city lake and would have to swim to the shore…

…We became really tight over the course of those first three records, often playing six nights per week, five sets per night. When the old singer ran off, we got lucky enough to get Philip in the band. He brought something with him that was just incredible. Everything changed, from musical styles to things we hadn’t heard before…

…Dime and I always shared a hotel room and we were always up to no good, while Vinnie and Philip – two completely different cats – had to listen to our antics from the room next door…

…There were a lot of great metal drummers who Vinnie was influenced by, but once he got behind the kit, every single one of them had to take a look at what Vinnie Paul, the Brick Wall, was doing. He changed the game. He was the original for his generation, a generation that’s still going. Everybody wanted to play like him. People always thought those were sampled tracks – they were not. Period.

Vinnie was also a hell of an engineer. He knew the ins and outs of any board. He learned so young from his dad, who was an experienced engineer. He could get behind the board and do anything. He just had it…

…All of us were so uniquely different from each other, even the brothers. We all had unique personalities that all meshed together, because of our separate influences and personalities, that made the whole thing what it was. Unless you’ve been in a band, you can’t understand that the relationship between Dime and myself was one thing, between Philip and Vinnie was another, and on and on, in every combination…

…I don’t think there’ll ever be chemistry like what the four of us shared again. I’ve been so blessed in so many ways by having them in my life. We were living and breathing each other’s everything for 20 odd years, which just like anything in life, has its difficulties, but nothing major. But even when there was little communication, we still shared tremendous respect…

When I look back, no matter what, I can honestly say that there were far more ups than downs with Pantera…

…I’m so grateful to have been around the Abbott brothers, to play some part in their legacy, to share more than half of my life on the road and in the studio with them. And I’m so thankful that Vinnie found a home for his unmistakable groove, some peace and happiness, and a new family with Hellyeah, after the unthinkable tragedy in 2004…

…The best way to honor Vinnie is to celebrate his life. He approached drumming, and friendship, with his own brand of perfection. We must remember the great times we shared with him. Rest in peace, Vinnie, and give Dime a big ole’ fashioned Texas style hug from all of us. You made an incredible mark on the world and you were taken from us way too soon.

Much love and respect,
Rex”

Read Brown’s entire commemoration at Rolling Stone.

Vinnie Paul Abbott passed away in his sleep on June 22nd. The exact cause of death is still under investigation.

source: rollingstone.com

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GLENN HUGHES DISCUSSES HIS CLASSIC DEEP PURPLE LIVE TOUR AND SAYS “I’M TAKING INSPIRATION FROM LIVE PERFORMANCES FROM THE MID 70S”

Greg Prato of the Long Island Pulse spoke with singer/bassist Glenn Hughes. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

Long Island Pulse: Let’s discuss the Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Live tour.

Glenn Hughes: What I’m doing is I’m taking inspiration from live performances from the mid 70s. I’ve got a file of work that you may have heard or seen from Cal Jam, London, Paris and LA. I’ve taken live arrangements of those classic songs, rather than the studio cuts. I just feel that it is closer to what we were doing when we were “all in our glory,” if you will. I think it’s re-translating with the audience and it sounds great with me and my band.

Long Island Pulse: Which Purple songs are your favorite to perform?

Glenn Hughes: Those songs that we wrote at Clearwell Castle—the castle where all the acts of that period in 1973/1974 rehearsed or recorded—are the loves of my life. I think I may be the only guy from the era doing a selection of songs from those albums—Burn, Stormbringer and Come Taste the Band. David Coverdale had a small run of a Whitesnake/Purple tour, which was great, but…I’m doing live arrangements and giving a real vibe to that. So, all of those songs you can imagine: Mistreated, You Keep on Moving, Stormbringer, Might Just Take Your Life, This Time Around, You Fool No One. It’s a really great event.

Long Island Pulse: Are you still in touch with Ritchie Blackmore?

Glenn Hughes: I don’t think anybody is really in touch with Ritchie. I say that out of love—Ritchie is Ritchie. But we have reached out to one another. He did ask me to see if I’d like to be in the latest Rainbow. It really wasn’t for me, and I only wish him the very best.

Long Island Pulse: Ever consider putting together a project with David Coverdale?

Glenn Hughes: I think that time is gone. There was an opportunity a few years ago when Jon [Lord] was still alive that we were trying to get Mark III back together. And then when Jon passed away…the only reason David and I would get together again would have been anything to do with Purple, the Purple music, the Purple legacy. And now, he’s done the Whitesnake/Purple record [2015’s The Purple Album] and now I’m doing this…I will continue on my own with my merry band of gentlemen and we will go around the world doing what we do. America is a big, big thing for me…which is where I’ll be playing quite a lot. There will be three legs of this tour, first one being August/September, the next one next spring and then late summer of next year. America will be getting to see a lot of yours truly. And I can’t wait.

Read more at the Long Island Pulse.

Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Live Tour dates:

Aug. 25 – NYCB Theatre – Westbury, NY
Aug. 26 – Space Ballroom – Hamden, C
Aug. 28 – The Stone Pony – Asbury Park, NJ
Aug. 29 – Sony Hall – New York, NY
Aug. 31 – The Queen – Wilmington, DE

Sep. 1 – Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
Sep. 4 – Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD
Sep. 5 – Jergels – Warrendale, PA
Sep. 7 – The Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA
Sep. 8 – Penn’s Peak – Jim Thorpe, PA
Sep. 11 – The Chance Theater – Poughkeepsie, NY
Sep. 13 – Arcada Theatre – Saint Charles, IL
Sep. 16 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
Sep. 18 – Tupelo Music Hall – Derry, NH
Sep. 19 – The Wilbur – Boston, MA
Sep. 21 – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel – Providence, RI
Sep. 22 – Tarrytown Music Hall – Tarrytown, NY

source: lipulse.com

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SEBASTIAN BACH SAYS THAT SINGING IS “A DYING ART”

Singer Sebastian Bach was recently interviewed and was asked what he thought was when he first heard that Axl was going to be replacing [Brian] Johnson on the road with AC/DC.

Bach replied, [as per Blabbermouth.net], “I was jealous that I didn’t get a chance, ’cause I can f–kin’ sing AC/DC pretty f–kin’ good too, and I’m not just saying that. [Laughs] So, at first, I was, like, ‘F–k, man!’ I was jealous. But then, of course, I understand, obviously, why he would ge the gig — because people don’t know how to sing anymore; it’s like a dying art.”

Bach then discussed that there aren’t really any new great rock vocalists, saying: “Maybe I haven’t heard any, but where is the new Jeff Buckley? Or where’s the new Steve Tyler? Okay, Geta Van Fleet — there’s the new Robert Plant; that’s for sure right there. But there’s a lack of original-sounding heavy metal vocalists. Unless I’m not hearing any. But I don’t know.

To me, when we were all starting out in the ’80s, we all knew that we had to have our own sound. That was the goal of every musician back then — because there was no such thing as Pro Tools or computers. I had to find my own vocal sound, of Sebastian Bach. And I was even working on that… Even when I first got in Skid Row, Jon Bon Jovi said, ‘Sebastian, sometimes you sound like Vince Neil, sometimes you sound like [Ronnie James] Dio, sometimes you sound like [Rob] Halford, sometimes you sound like Neil Diamond.’ [Laughs] He goes, ‘You have to find your own sound.’ And it freaked me out. I was, like, ‘Fuck! I have to do this, like, right now!’ [Laughs] I have to find what is the Sebastian Bach vocal sound.

Making the first Skid Row record, my two favorite singers were Rob Halford and Steve Perry, and if you listen to 18 And Life, you can hear the influence. You can hear I Remember You is influenced by Journey, the vocals. I can hear it — maybe you can’t, but I can hear it.”

Sebastian is currently on tour, see the remaining dates below.

Sebastian Bach Home Away From Home 2018 Tour Dates:
Special Guests: The Standstills

June 29 Kingston Ontario @ The Ale House & Canteen
June 30 Waterloo Ontario @ Maxwell’s

July 2 Montreal Quebec @ Les Foufounes Electriques SOLD OUT
July 4 Halifax Nova Scotia @ Casino Nova Scotia
July 5 Moncton New Brunswick @ Molson Canadian Centre at Casino New Brunswick
July 7 Quebec City Quebec @ Festival d’ete De Quebec
July 8 Poughkeepsie NY @ The Chance
July 10 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
July 12 Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s Entertainment Center
July 13 Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
July 14 Woodhaven, MI @ Uncle Sam Jam

August 18 Imperial Nebraska @ Chase County Fair

September 29 Las Vegas Nevada @ Fremont Street Experience

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DRUMMER VINNIE PAUL REPORTEDLY TO BE LAID TO REST IN A KISS KASKET

Sources close to Vinnie Paul’s family tell TMZ that the drummer, and co-founder of Pantera, will be buried in a custom KISS Kasket, provided by the band.

The casket was reportedly offered as a gift at Paul’s family’s request. His brother, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was buried in the original prototype in 2004 after his untimely death.

Paul will be buried in some of his clothes — including his hat, shoes and flannel … among other items.

Paul will be laid to rest on June 30th in Arlington, TX beside his mother and brother. A family source told TMZ, a public memorial concert honoring Vinnie is scheduled for Sunday, July 1st, at the Bomb Factory in Dallas at 3:33 CST. The time is said to be a tribute to Darrell — known as “Dime Time.” The event is free, wristbands will be given out at noon.

source: tmz.com

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