Generation Axe does not represent an age group, it represents niche of true guitar fans. Generation Axe isn’t for everybody, but if it’s for you, then you were here. The Steve Vai lead and inspired supergroup featuring Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme, Rihanna), Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Yngwie Malmsteen and Vai himself came to Madison Wisconsin to show us just how good they are…and we wanted to find out.
The last song of Nuno’s set was joined by Zakk Wylde. Zakk was on stage for 45 minutes and played three songs and spent a solid ten minutes walking around the audience shredding. There were plenty of Black Label brothers in the crowd that night. This is where the show started to separate the guitar fans from the hard rock and heavy metal fans. Zakk solo’d a ton and it was amazing, but if you came to here a bunch of songs you were in the wrong place and potentially bored.
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