Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Tosin Abasi and More to Join Nuno Bettencourt for Upcoming TV Special

Nuno Bettencourt, Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, and Tosin Abasi of Generation Axe perform on stage at Humphrey's on April 10, 2016 in San Diego, California.
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Nuno Bettencourt has announced that he will host an AXS TV special, At Home and Social with Nuno Bettencourt & Friends.

The show - which will raise money and awareness for out-of-work touring and venue crews via Music Forward Foundation’s Crew Nation - will feature Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Tosin Abasi, Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, singer Liv Warfield and more.

The show will be highlighted by Bettencourt, Vai, Wylde and Abasi's version of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" - which will also feature Brian May himself lending a helping hand. Bettencourt also teamed up with Wilson, Hawkins and Warfield for a performance of Heart’s "Barracuda," with Julian Lennon for a cover of Radiohead’s "Karma Police" and with singer Gabriela for a song called "Use Me."

“Until us performers can get back home to our stage, on August 3, with a little imagination and lots of passion, our homes will become our stage," Bettencourt said in a statement.

“I hope we all have homeowners insurance, cause we’re blowing the roof off the place.”

At Home and Social with Nuno Bettencourt & Friends will air tonight, August 3, at 8 pm EST.

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