Generation Axe is a whirlwind, merry-go-round like experience from some phenomenal guitarists that entertain the entire night!
The show starts and five guys with guitar instrument in hand stand in the front of the stage for an array of very loud and orchestrated songs. Then the entire group split until there was just one.
Tosin Abasi was left on stage to begin his set. A younger musician with already 16 years of music experience, Abasi played his set extremely well. There wasn’t a bunch of flashy erratic dancing or stage exploring. Abasi went through his set very methodically with a lot of confidence and impressed everyone in the theater. Joining him on stage, Nuno Bettencourt played a duo song to finish Abasi’s set.
Bettencourt came out strong in his set too. He played with the crowd including cracking a number of jokes in between sets. You could see that he was just having a good time on stage. Midway through, he slowed down the tempo with a short one light acoustic song. Then Bettencourt right back into hard rock and metal sounds. Enter Zakk Wylde. The admiration and respect between the two as they played their duo song was easy to see. A quick brotherly hug and Nuno exited the stage with Wylde left alone.
It’s not a secret that Wylde is a Kansas City favorite. It’s like the entire crowd was waiting for him, finally woke up, and the show really got going. Wylde had some vocals with his songs. But for the most part he roamed playing both stage left and stage right. His overall stage presence and talent just took over the entire show. Loud, ear splitting sounds came through the speakers and you couldn’t get enough of it. Stage right, enter Yngwie Malmsteen.
Malsteen brings to the stage a long experienced career. Overall his set was heavier and darker than the others. Even lighting for the show was brought down setting the stage for his series. Steve Vai joined him after a few songs for yet another duet with “Black Star.”
As for the last and final solo, Vai brought his game. Again, not a lot of flash or crazy antics on stage. Just a lot of really good loud instrumental sound. By then the crowd was tired of their assigned seats and were throwing chairs into piles on the side to get a better view of the Vie and the stage.
Generation Axe finished with a five artists on stage with guitars in hand. Years and years of experience stood before the crowd as they continued to play and were basically the only thing you could hear. The show and tour will definitely be ones to be remembered.