Legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen will headline the Guitar Gods tour, set to take place in North America in June/July. Joining Malmsteen on all shows will be Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (GUNS N' ROSES), Uli Jon Roth (SCORPIONS) and Gary Hoey.
A two-minute promotional video for the Guitar Gods tour can be seen below.
Malmsteen is one of the most technically accomplished guitarists of all time, rewriting the book on hard rock/heavy metal guitar. In addition to countless awards from music and instrument specific publications, none other than Time magazine hailed him as one of the ten greatest electric guitarists.
2013 was a banner year for Malmsteen, as he released his autobiography "Relentless", which coincided with a wildly successful tour that played to houses all over the world. The only way he could top that in 2014 was to hand pick an all-star lineup of Guitar Gods to share the stage with him on a magical full North American tour.
"Fans can expect the unexpected," Malmsteen said regarding his live shows. "I raise the bar with every performance I do and this tour will be no different."
Held in the highest regard in his own right, Uli Jon Roth brings the very special "40th Anniversary Scorpions" set that has been playing to frenzied audiences in Europe to North America, embracing his storied history with the band and digging deep into their catalog for this tour.
Acclaimed for his accomplishments for perfecting his playing in multiple genres (rock, blues, surf) and respected by both fans and peers alike, Gary Hoey performs his radio hits such as the Billboard Top 5 smash "Hocus Pocus" along with other favorites.
GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Bumbleoot (as seen in the upcoming DVD "Appetite For Democracy", which documents the band's Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel residency) embarks on his first solo tour, playing songs from his entire critically praised recorded history.
Confirmed dates so far, according to Bumblefoot's Facebook page:
June 13 - Paramount Theatre - Huntington, NY
June 14 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
June 17 - Bergen Performing Arts Center- Englewood, NJ
June 20 - Arcada Theatre - St. Charles, IL
June 21 - Phoenix Theatre - Toronto, ON
June 26 - Showbox Theatre - Seattle, WA
June 27 - Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
July 03 - Saban Theatre - Beverly Hills, CA
July 08 - Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ