Epic Shredding with Steve Vai and Generation Axe at The Fox Theater
Steve Vai and Generation Axe Fox Theater, Oakland November 7, 2018 Photos by Elizabeth Gohr. Fans of instrumental guitar music were treated to quite the extravaganza on a Wednesday night as Steve Vai and Generation Axe kicked off their fall tour at the Fox Theater in Oakland. Generation Axe is a supergroup consisting of Vai along with Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne), Yngwie Malmsteen, Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders), and Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme). Each guitarist got ample room during the show to play a mini-set of their material, and the five guitarists also engaged in some mind-blowing collaborations. Generation Axe took the stage to rip through a version of the Focus classic "Hocus Pocus," which provided the perfect template for the five guitarists to trade off solos. In terms of sheer note density, the playing of Bettencourt, Malmsteen, Wylde, Vai, and Abasi is unmatched, with so many crazy runs and wild displays of technical perfection that it was hard for even the most devoted of