By JIM GREEN
It was a guitar player’s dream show.
The Generation Axe Tour stopped in Wilmington at Cape Fear Community College on Saturday, April 23.
Dubbed “A Night of Guitars,” this tour featured four names readily identifiable to any guitarist out there: Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), Yngwie Malmsteen and Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme). Tosin Abasi, a relative newcomer who leads the band Animals as Leaders, was the fifth shredder.
Not only did each guitar player perform his own mini-set, they got together and jammed on several songs.
You could call it a guitargasm of sorts.
Abasi, Bettencourt, Vai, Malmsteen, Wylde: Foreplay (Boston)
Abasi: Tempting Time, Air Chrysalis, The Woven Web
Abasi, Bettencourt: Physical Education
Bettencourt: Get the Funk Out, Midnight Express, Extreme solos medley (one verse of More than Words)
Bettencourt, Wylde: Sideways (Citizen Cope)
Wylde: N.I.B. (Black Sabbath), Whipping Post (Allman Brothers), Little Wing (Jim Hendrix)
Malmsteen: Spellbound, Into Valhalla, Overture, Far Beyond the Sun, Trilogy, Echo Etude, Acoustic.
Malmsteen, Vai: Black Star
Vai: Now We Run, Tender Surrender, Gravity Storm, Building the Church.
Vai, Abasi, Bettencourt, Wylde: Frankenstein (Edgar Winter)
Abasi, Bettencourt, Malmsteen, Vai, Wylde: Highway Star (Deep Purple).