Tosin Abasi doesn’t think Yngwie Malmsteen is a pompous ass: “It’s just his clarity of vision”

By Steve Newton When I interviewed guitar hero Tosin Abasi before the Animals as Leaders concert in Vancouver last month, I asked him a few questions about the pickers he'd performed with earlier this year on the Generation Axe tour. As well as Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, and Nuno Bettencourt, Abasi was in the company … Continue reading Tosin Abasi doesn’t think Yngwie Malmsteen is a pompous ass: “It’s just his clarity of vision”

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Tobin Abasi’s Generation Axe dream team includes Derek Trucks, Eric Gales, Jimmy Herring, and…Gilad Hekselman?

By Steve Newton When I interviewed Animals As Leaders guitarist Tosin Abasi last month I told him that I'd seen him six months earlier on the Generation Axe tour, when he was in the company of Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, and Nuno Bettencourt. Then I asked him, if we were able to pick … Continue reading Tobin Abasi’s Generation Axe dream team includes Derek Trucks, Eric Gales, Jimmy Herring, and…Gilad Hekselman?

Tosin Abasi says that Animals as Leaders’ “rhythmically terrifying” music is not for tapping toes to

By Steve Newton Animals as Leaders is not your typical rock band. For one thing, it doesn’t even have a bass player. And the lineup of guitarists Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes and drummer Matt Garstka makes progressive, metal-edged instrumental music that is adventurous and involved and worlds away from anything you’d ever hear on commercial … Continue reading Tosin Abasi says that Animals as Leaders’ “rhythmically terrifying” music is not for tapping toes to

Tosin Abasi recalls Generation Axe: “I was privy to stories that fans would kill to hear”

By Steve Newton A coupla days ago I called guitar hero Tosin Abasi up at his home in L.A. to chat about the upcoming album by his prog-metal trio, Animals as Leaders, which plays Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom on November 16. The first time I'd ever seen Abasi in the flesh was back in April when … Continue reading Tosin Abasi recalls Generation Axe: “I was privy to stories that fans would kill to hear”