Steve Vai is bringing back his dream team of axe wielders for the second incarnation of Generation Axe, and GP Presents is once again onboard as a promotional partner to make sure every guitar zealot in the Bay Area is aware.

Abasi graced the cover of GP’s September issue, proclaiming, “The minute you define what you do, you put limitations on it.”

Generation Axe embodies that ethos, with each virtuoso pushing his own limitations during individual sets that also feature collaborations with the others and special guests. It culminates with the entire roster throwing down together. Their performance of Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” at the inaugural Gen Axe remains one of the most outrageous shred-fests we’ve ever witnessed at a GP Presents event.

“I had this idea for many years, which was to create a show with five crazy guitar players and one backing band,” Steve Vai told GP in the December issue feature covering the Generation Axe sequel, which will play 32 shows starting with the kickoff in Oakland on November 7. Guitar Player Presents will be onsite with free copies of that issue, plus D’Addario goodies, and a Mesa/Boogie pedal raffle. Grab your tickets for that show here. For information and tickets to other Generation Axe tour dates, go to


For a chance to win a pair of tickets to see GP Presents Generation Axe on November 7 in Oakland, California, click here and put “Gen Axe” in the subject of your email. Include a sentence about yourself and why you want to go. Phone contact greatly appreciated for confirmation. Winner must provide his or her own transportation to the Fox Theater in Oakland, California, on Wednesday, November 7, and have his or her own accommodations in the Bay Area. Best of luck. Again, that email is


Guitar Player and Another Planet Present Generation Axe with Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Abasi

Wednesday, November 7

Fox Theater

1807 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland CA 94612

7pm doors, 8:00pm show