Some of the bands covered here.

Some of the bands covered here.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Guitar gods Invade 20 Monroe Live as Generation Axe

Guitar Gods Invade 20 Monroe Live
as the
Generation Axe Tour

November 20th five guitar gods/heroes invaded 20 Monroe live in Grand Rapids,
Michigan as the Generation Axe Tour.  On a Tuesday evening with a cold wind
blowing it was roughly mid 20’s waiting in line.  I didn’t expect that there would
be a long line but showed up early just in case and was surprised at the long
line that formed after I arrived there.  

I soon found that all the waiting in the cold was well worth it after getting my
face melted by five guitar gods.  Nuno Bettencourt early in the show asked the
audience to “raise your hands if you are a musician”, and roughly 80% of an
almost sold out crowd raised their hands.  The others there were big fans of
great music.

The most memorable point of the whole show was when Zakk Wylde performed
Black Sabbath's song titled “War Pigs”.  Out of all the Black Sabbath songs that is
one of my and many other people's favorite songs. Throughout the evening the
audience was bathed in face melting guitar solos along with the band backing
them up with keyboards, drums and bass.  

This is a show that I will try to see every year to come, no matter what weather
it’s well worth it.

The Generation Axe Tour consisted of Nuno Bettencourt on guitar/vocals, Zakk
Wylde on guitar/vocals, Steve Vai on guitar/vocals, Yngwie Malmsteen on guitar,
Tosin Abasi on guitar/vocals, Pete Griffin on bass, J.P. Bouvet on drums and
Nick Z. Marino on keyboard.

Generation Axe Tour Dates:

Nuno Bettencourt:  Most well known for being the lead guitarist for the band
Extreme.  He is also known for founding Mourning Widows, Population One,
DramaGods, and The Satellite Party.  Nuno Bettencourt’s music influences are
Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Beatles, Pat Travers, Paco De Lucia, Al DiMeola and

Metal Axe Gallery’s favorite songs list on  

Ace High
Swollen Princess
Fine By Me
Brown Sugar
Fallen Angels
More Than Words

Zakk Wylde:  Most well known for being the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and
founder of Black Label Society.  Other bands he was in were Generation Axe,
Zakk Sabbath, and Pride & Glory.  It was an honor to finally cover a show with
Zakk Wylde in the show because of his musical influence on me as a musician.


Zakk Wylde’s song “In This River”, inspired me to create a musician’s memorial
song titled “Here’s To The Fallen But Not Forgotten” with Darrell Abbott and
roughly 65 other musicians in the song and/or painting.  Zakk Wylde’s influences
are Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Black Sabbath, Randy Rhoads, and Eddie Van
Halen.  Zakk Wylde is known for being a musician, songwriter, producer, and an

He plays guitar, bass, keyboard, piano, harmonica, and does vocals as well.

Metal Axe Gallery’s favorite songs list on

Sleeping Dogs
Lost Prayer
Road Back Home
Tears Of December
Sold My Soul
Suicide Messiah
In This River
Funeral Bell
Crazy Horse
No More Tears

Steve Vai:  He is most well known for the albums titled “Flex-Able” and “Passion
And Warfare”.  Steve Vai also was known for touring and recording with
Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake.  He also recorded with Ozzy
Osborne, Mary J. Blige, and Spinal Tap.  

Steve Vai is a producer, singer, composer, songwriter, and guitarist that has
received three Grammy Awards.  His genre is a multiple list consisting of hard
rock, instrumental rock, heavy metal, progressive metal, and experimental rock.  
He was nominated by Guitar World Magazine as the tenth greatest guitarist.

Metal Axe Gallery’s favorite songs list on

For The Love Of God
Dark Matter
Mighty Messengers
The Audience Is Listening
In My Dreams With You
Erotic Nightmare
Bad Horsie
Tender Surrender
Yankee Rose


Yngwie Malmsteen:  Is known for neoclassical metal playing on guitar in the 80’s.  
Time Magazine rated Yngwie Malmsteen as tenth greatest electric guitarist of all
time in 2009.  He is a bandleader, guitarist, and producer. His genres are
neoclassical metal, instrumental rock, heavy metal, and hard rock.  Yngwie is
known for his solo albums as well as playing in G3, Alcatrazz, Steeler, and
Hear ‘N Aid.

Metal Axe Gallery’s favorite songs list on

Rising Force
Black Star
Far Beyond The Sun
Arpeggios From Hell
Heaven Tonight
Seventh Sign
You Don’t Remember I’ll Never Forget
World Is On Fire
No Rest For The Wicked

Tosin Abasi:  Is known for his genres of playing metalcore, djent, progressive
metal, and instrumental metal.  Tosin Abasi is known for being in the bands titled
Animals As Leaders, Reflux, PSI, T.R.A.M., and Generation Axe.  Tosin Abasi is
a singer and songwriter that plays bass and guitar.

Metal Axe Gallery’s favorite songs list on

Thoroughly At Home
Song Of Solomon
Tooth And Claw
Wave Of Babies
Tempting Time
An Infinite Regression
The total show was amazing because they would go play out in the crowd.
Each guitarist played with passion for their art, you can always tell when you see
the guitar face of each one playing. This is a show for fans and musicians alike
and you'll see me at the next show as both.

By Dan Spratt and Kayla Spratt 11/25/2018

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