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Steve's New Album "The Story of Light: Real Illusions: ...of a..." Pre-Sale

Steve Vai's highly anticipated, new full-length solo album release: "The Story of Light: Real Illusions: ...of a..." is available for pre-order on the homepage of

Three special packages feature the new release and includes some or all of these items: a physical CD, a digital download of the album, a limited edition interview DVD, a 7" vinyl single, a custom 32 page booklet, plantable "The Story of Light" seeded postcards, Steve Vai guitar picks and more. The record will be released through Vai's Favored Nations Entertainment label on August 14, 2012 in the U.S.

Here is the official press release:

Steve Vai to release new solo album "The Story of Light: Real Illusions: ...of a.." August 14 on Favored Nations Records, with guest vocalists including Aimee Mann and Beverly McClellan. 12 Original recordings continue a conceptual narrative arc started on Vai's acclaimed "Real Illusions: Reflections" album.

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 23, 2012: Virtuoso guitarist and visionary composer Steve Vai will release "The Story of Light: Real Illusions: ...of a...", a new solo album of original arrangements, on August 14. The title comes out on Favored Nations Entertainment, the label Vai founded in 1999. Its sprawling and expressive 12-song set continues a conceptual and cosmic narrative arc begun on the artist's acclaimed 2005 album Real Illusions: Reflections (also Vai's most recent solo studio release).

Although The Story of Light is largely instrumental, the album does feature guest vocalists including singer-songwriter Aimee Mann—dueting with Vai on "No More Amsterdam," which she also cowrote—and Beverly McClellan, a season one finalist on The Voice. McClellan appears on "John the Revelator," a track inspired by a vintage recording of blues singer Blind Willie Johnson, whose acidsoaked vocals are in the mix as well. Other highlights include the title track (which opens the album), "Gravity Storm," "The Moon and I," and "Velorum." Throughout, three-time GRAMMY-winner Vai's lead guitar is as lyrically resonant as it is technically masterful, his licks and solos bending sounds and in listeners' minds in equal measure. The Story of Light follows the journey of a man driven mad by grief, intertwining tragedy, revelation, enlightenment, and redemption.

"I'm always pursuing knowledge, I'm a seeker of spiritual equilibrium—and music is a big part of that," says Vai. "I've been obsessed with these kinds of ideas for years." Looking ahead, Vai envisions a third set of songs that will unravel the mysteries and reveal truths that swirl through both The Story of Light and Real Illusions: Reflections. The completed trilogy, intended to be cinematic—even operatic—in scope, will include lyrics and narration.

The Story of Light is available as of today for online pre-sale orders. This special pre-sale selection of bundled packages is offered exclusively through Vai's website,, where complete details on the products and ordering information are available. Each package includes an instant download of a track from the new album personally selected by Vai, "Gravity Storm." Following up the 2009 live album Where The Wild Things Are, The Story of Light, is Vai's 16th solo effort. In support of its release, Vai will begin a tour of North America on August 15th in Fort Lauderdale Florida, accompanied by his band—who are also featured on the new album: Dave Weiner (guitar), Jeremy Colson (drums), Philip Bynoe (bass), and Deborah Hensen (harp, vocals, keyboards). For more information:

In addition, Steve has released a preview track from the record called "Gravity Storm" which is now streaming on YoutTube:

Gravity Storm

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Steve's 2012 North America Fall Tour

Announcing Steve's 2012 North American Fall Tour! Ticket links coming soon.

08/15/12 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution United States
08/16/12 St. Petersburg, FL Palladium Theater United States
08/17/12 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues United States
08/18/12 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre United States
08/20/12 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore United States
08/21/12 Nashville, TN Marathon Musicworks United States
08/22/12 Asheville, NC Orange Peel United States
08/23/12 Atlanta, GA Centerstage United States
08/24/12 N. Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues United States
08/25/12 Durham, NC Carolina Theatre United States
08/26/12 Richmond, VA The National United States
08/28/12 Washington D.C. The Howard Theatre United States
08/29/12 Stroudsberg, PA Sherman Theatre United States
08/30/12 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre United States
08/31/12 Westbury, NY Theatre at Westbury United States
09/02/12 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club United States
09/04/12 Ridgefield, CT The Ridgefield Playhouse United States
09/05/12 Wilmington, DE The Grand Opera House United States
09/06/12 Greensburg, PA Palace Theatre United States
09/07/12 New Brunswick, NJ State Theater United States
09/08/12 Morristown, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center United States
09/09/12 Albany, NY The Egg United States
09/11/12 New York, NY Best Buy Theater United States
09/13/12 Boston, MA Wilbur Theatre United States
09/14/12 Northampton, MA Calvin Theatre United States
09/15/12 Concord, NH Capitol Center United States
09/16/12 Lebanon, NH Lebanon Opera House United States
09/17/12 Quebec, QA Capitole Du Quebec Canada
09/18/12 Montreal, QC Metropolis Canada
09/20/12 Toronto, ON Sony Centre Canada
09/21/12 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Hall United States
09/22/12 Buffalo, NY University of Buffalo Center for the Arts United States
09/24/12 Cleveland, OH House of Blues United States
09/26/12 Minneapolis, MN The Brick United States
09/27/12 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater United States
09/28/12 Chicago, IL House of Blues United States
09/29/12 St. Louis, MO The Pageant United States
09/30/12 Salina, KS The Stiefel United States
10/01/12 Denver, CO The Ogden Theatre United States
10/03/12 Boise, ID Knitting Factory United States
10/04/12 Seattle, WA The Moore Theatre United States
10/05/12 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom Canada
10/06/12 Portland, OR Roseland Theater United States
10/07/12 Napa, CA Uptown Theatre United States
10/09/12 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom United States
10/10/12 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades United States
10/11/12 Anaheim, CA City National Grove of Anaheim United States
10/12/12 Los Angeles Club Nokia United States
10/13/12 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club United States

Visit for ticketing information and a complete list of dates.

2012 European Tour: G3 VIP Package

The VIP Package for the 2012 G3 European Summer Tour featuring Steve Vai, Joe Satriani & Steve Morse is now on sale at For a complete list of dates, visit the tourdates page
Please note that the VIP package still requires the purchase of a ticket.

Bernie Grundman

"The Story of Light" was mastered by the sensational audio mastering artist, Bernie Grundman. Click here to read MixMagazine's article which features a video interview with Mr. Bonzai & Steve at Bernie's facilities.

Celebrating 25th anniversery of the Ibanez Jem

Ibanez is celebrating 25 years of Steve Vai's signature model JEM with the limited edition JEM-EVO. A full rundown of the JEM-EVO model is available here
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