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Steve Vai Returns with Generation Axe 2018!

Generation Axe
December 14, 2018
The Bomb Factory
Dallas, TX

Review by Dave Gray
Photos by Rene Rivera

Vai’s Generation Axe Slices Through Dallas’ Bomb Factory

Generation Axe Photos by Rene RiveraSteve Vai and four of his closest guitar friends almost imploded the Bomb Factory and honestly challenged the Dallas power grid tonight. Baby, it was cold outside, but that didn’t keep the masses away from Dallas’ Deep Ellum, as a packed house stayed for the four full hours of nonstop guitar wizardry from the likes of Vai, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Abasi. The night songs left my ears buzzing as I walked out of the venue after midnight, and I was sitting in the balcony most of the night.

The quintet opened the set with all five guitarists onstage at once performing the 1970’s instrumental “Hocus Pocus” by Focus (a hard rock anthem, before there was hard rock). The song featured each musician as they took turns performing a few bars of a guitar solo, and then slickly passed the torch to the next guitarist, which seemed to throw gasoline on it, igniting their own instrument, smoking, blazing hot. The rhythm of the song is a fast-paced epic, and the band provided the lush background as each guitarist took their turn with the torch. Read more »

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