GENERATION AXE – A NIGHT OF GUITARS ASIA TOUR 2017 – LIVE CONCERT IN HONG KONG FEATURING STEVE VAI, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ZAKK WYLDE, NUNO BETTENCOURT AND TOSIN ABASI
DATE: 12 APRIL 2017, WEDNESDAY
VENUE: KITEC STAR HALL
TICKET PRICING: HKD980 / HKD680
TICKETING HOTLINE: 31 288 288
The term “supergroup” gets thrown around on a regular basis these days, however, a tour featuring some of the greatest guitarists of all time is about to truly give the term a whole new meaning.
Introducing: Generation Axe, featuring Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Abasi.
After a very successful, critically acclaimed tour of the US, Generation Axe is back with a tour of Asia! The Generation Axe fan experience will go way beyond simply gathering five guitar greats on one stage to perform. 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, Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) on keys, and JP Bouvet (Dave MacKay, Drew ofthe Drew) on drums. Vai, Wylde, Malmsteen, Bettencourt and Abasi will perform songs from their various catalogs in addition to performing well-known songs together (and possibly a few unexpected, unearthed gems).
“The Generation Axe show is a unique performance of five fiercely talented guitar players coming together to create a 6-string extravaganza that is sure to amaze and delight,” commented Steve Vai.
IMC Live Group & East West Best proudly present “Generation Axe – A Night of Guitars,” featuring Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Abasi, to Star Hall on Wednesday, April 12 at 7.30pm.
Tickets go on sale at 10:00am Tuesday, 28 March at HK Ticketing, online at www.hkticketing.com
Tickets Prices: HKD980/680, HK Ticketing applies a customer service fee to all tickets purchased via its network. This fee is additional to the face value of the ticket and is payable upon purchase of tickets.
Making this rare tour experience even more special, a Generation Axe VIP package will be offered giving fans access to these guitar masters (meet & greet with photo opportunity) and exclusive one-of-a-kind memorabilia. For more information, visit www.generationaxe.com.
*Generation Axe Meet & Greet VIP package*
Upgrade package does not include a concert ticket; fans must purchase a concert ticket to attend the meet & greet.
The upgrade packages is priced at USD$225 (Limited to 50 slot)
1. VIP early entry into the venue
2. Exclusive meet & greet with Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi
3. Personal photograph with Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi
4. Exclusive onstage tour of Generation Axe guitar world
5. Collectible tour poster autographed by Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi
6. Exclusive Generation Axe VIP merchandise item
7. Official meet & greet laminate
About The Generation Axe Members
While many artists fit easily into a single category, Steve Vai remains unclassifiable. Vai is a virtuoso guitarist, visionary composer, and consummate audio producer who sculpt musical sound with infinite creativity and technical mastery. 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. The 25th Anniversary Edition of his landmark album, Passion and Warfare, was released in 2016, along with an album of previously unreleased material, Modern Primitive. The release was accompanied by a 104-date world tour. He has appeared as a guest artist on more than 40 albums and created music for blockbuster films, best-selling video games and national sports franchises. Vai has earned honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and Musicians Institute. For more info, visit: www.vai.com
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 multi-platinum 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 “Rockstar”; and even momentarily joined Axl, Slash and Duff 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. For more info, visit: http://www.zakkwylde.com/
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 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, with his brand new record World on Fire due for release in April 2016. For more info, visit: www.yngwiemalmsteen.com
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. For more info, visit: www.nunobettencourt.com
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. Abasi has created a highly unique and individual sound using 7-, 8-, and 9-string guitars. For more info, visit: www.facebook.com/animalsasleaders
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GENERATION AXE – A NIGHT OF GUITARS ASIA TOUR 2017 – LIVE CONCERT IN HONG KONG
Date: Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: KITEC Star Hall
Tickets: HKD980/680 ALL STANDING
Tickets on sale from 10:00am Tuesday, 28 March 2017 at HK Ticketing (HK Ticketing’s Venue Box Offices, D•Park, K11 Select & Tom Lee Music Stores)
Ticket Purchase Hotline: 31 288 288
Internet Booking: www.hkticketing.com