Steve Vai was Scintillating in Riverside

The first reviews are coming in on Steve Vai’s US Passion & Warfare 25th Ann. Tour shows. posted this nice review:

Steve Vai was Scintillating in Riverside

As always, if you attended one of the shows, please post your reviews on our messageboard concert reviews section.

Steve and the band do love to read your reviews personally.



Vai Academy 2017 Schedule

The schedule for Vai Academy 2017 has been announced. This intensive 4 day camp, called “Passion and Technique” features Steve Vai, Zakk Wyldel Al Di Meola, Carlos Alomar, Stig Mathisen, Dave Weiner (official music page), Philip Bynoe, Jeremy Colson & Doug Doppler! You won’t want to miss this one! To reserve your spot visit the vai academy website. 


Vai Academy 3.0 Schedule
Mon. Jan. 2

1:00PM-5:30PM – Arrival and Check In
5:30PM-7:00PM – Steve Vai Welcoming Remarks and Q&A
7:00PM-8:30PM – Dinner
8:30PM – Opening Night Concert followed by Camper Jamming with Steve

Tues. Jan. 3

8:00AM-10:00AM – Breakfast
10:00AM-11:30AM – Steve Vai Master Class
11:30AM-1:00PM – Carlos Alomar Session
1:00PM-2:30PM – Lunch
2:30PM-4:00PM – Steve Vai and Carlos Alomar Joint Session- Lead and Rhythm
4:00PM-5:30PM – Breakout Sessions with Stig Mathisen and Doug Doppler
5:30PM-7:00PM – Free time to jam, practice, relax, check out presentations from our gear companies, or join Al DiMeola’s Session or the Play With Steve’s Band Session! (For the Play With Steve’s Band Sessions, we will be providing a list of 10 Steve Vai songs. Attendees can choose any one of these songs to play with Steve’s band. Limited to one song per person.)
7:00PM-8:30PM – Dinner
8:30PM – Concert followed by Camper Jamming with Steve

Wed. Jan. 4

8:00AM-10:00AM – Breakfast
10:00AM-11:30AM – Steve Vai Master Class
11:30AM-1:00PM – Al DiMeola Session
1:00PM-2:30PM – Lunch
2:30PM-4:00PM – Group Photo followed by individual shots with instructors
4:00PM-5:30PM – Steve Vai and Al DiMeola Joint Session
5:30PM-7:00PM – Breakout Sessions with Zakk Wylde, Doug Doppler, and Stig Mathisen, or Play With Steve’s Band
7:00PM-8:30PM – Dinner
8:30PM – Concert followed by Camper Jamming with Steve

Thurs. Jan. 5

8:00AM-10:00AM – Breakfast
10:00AM-11:30AM – Steve Vai Master Class
11:30AM-1:00PM – Zakk Wylde Session
1:00PM-4:00PM – Lunch with a chance to purchase merchandise and a signing session with the instructors!
4:00PM-5:30PM – Steve Vai and Zakk Wylde Joint Session
5:30PM-7:00PM – Free time to jam, practice, relax, check out presentations from our gear companies, or join either the Doug Doppler, Stig Mathisen, or Play With Steve’s Band Session
7:00PM-8:30PM – Dinner
8:30PM – Concert followed by Camper Jamming with Steve

Fri. Jan. 6 

8:00AM-10:00AM – Breakfast
11:30AM – Check Out


North America “Passion & Warfare 25th Anniversary” tour about to kick off

Attention USA & Canada! Steve Vai‘s “Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary” North American Tour kicks off next week and you won’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime performance! Visit for tickets and EVO/VIP packages!


Steve to be inducted in the Long Island Music Hall of Fame

Today, the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) proudly announced their 2016 inductees – a diverse array of performers, groups, music industry leaders and venues that have made significant contributions to Long Island’s rich music history.

This years’ class of inductees includes legendary music executive Charles Koppelman, guitarist and composer Steve Vai, singer/songwriter Garland Jeffreys, film composer Carter Burwell, hip-hop performer Big Daddy Kane, legendary songwriters/instrumentalists Santo & Johnny, early jazz specialist/bandleader Vince Giordano, and Westbury Music Fair, now the NYCB Theater at Westbury.  The LIMHoF will also present the 2016 Harry Chapin Award to Steven Van Zandt for his dedication to music education on Long Island and across the country. Additionally, LIMHoF honors the 2015 and 2016 Music Educators of NoteLong Island public or private school educators who have demonstrated an exceptional and long-term commitment to music education, as well as Long Island music students.

All of the inductees were selected from LIMHoF’s evolving and growing list of involved people, artists, groups and entities that were born, raised, were founded, or have resided on Long Island for a significant portion of their career or existence.

On Thursday, November 3, 2016, the Sixth Induction Awards Ceremony and Fundraising Gala with a star-studded red carpet event will take place at The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Avenue, Westbury, New York.

In addition to tributes, performances and introductions by the class of inductees, the Induction Ceremony will host a variety of celebrity appearances, musical performances and visits from former inductees.  Past attendees have included: Billy Joel, Lou Reed, LL Cool J, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Eddie Money, Joan Jett, Clive Davis, Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge, members of KISS, Paul Shaffer, Leslie West & Mountain, Roger Waters, Blue Oyster Cult, Taylor Dayne, Little Anthony, Laurie Anderson, Charlie Daniels, Al Kooper, Salt N Pepa, Vanilla Fudge, Alec Baldwin, the family of Aaron Copland, Public Enemy, members of Dream Theater, Ron Delsener, and many more.

“On behalf of myself and the entire Board of Directors of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, we are thrilled to have a new class of inductees join a long list of incredible people who have made their mark on the music industry”, said Joe Jankowski, Executive Director of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.  “This Induction Ceremony is set to be one of our best yet and as always, we have quite a few surprises up our sleeves.”

“I am very pleased that the Long Island Music Hall of Fame has chosen The Space at Westbury for its prestigious induction ceremony.  We look forward to hosting this extraordinary event,” said Cyrus Hakakian, founder and owner of The Space at Westbury.

Discounted Pre-sale tickets will go on sale Tuesday September 13, 2016 at 11am, and end Friday, September 16, at 10am. General on-sale will then begin. General seating starts at $95 ($75 presale) and are available through Ticketmaster online at  Premium VIP table seating and sponsorships are available, which includes an exclusive VIP Pre-Induction Awards Dinner Party, Performances, and Awards Ceremony.

For information about Premium seating, please contact the Long Island Music Hall of Fame at 516-938-1626 or or visit

Honorary citizenship Vicopisano for Steve

Cool news! Steve will be given honorary citizenship and a key to the city of Vicopisano, Italy (near Pisa) next week! Photos to follow!

Steve will be in Italy giving Alien Guitar Secrets Masterclasses on the following dates:

September 18th: Fiorano (Modena), Italy – Teatro Astoria – 7.00 pm – info:   

September 19th: San Giovanni alla Vena (Pisa), Italy – Blitz Live Music Pub – 9.30 pm – info:

September 20th: Roma, Italy – Planet Live Club – 9.30 pm – info:

September 21st: Cagliari, Italy – Auditorium Comunale – info:

September 23rd: Foggia, Italy – Teatro Giordano – 9.00 pm – info:

September 24th: Martirano Lombardo (Catanzaro), Italy – Sala Cesare Nava – 8.30 pm – info:

September 25th: Palermo, Italy – Teatro Santa Cecilia – 9.00 pm – info:

September 26th: Verona, Italy  – Teatro Astra – 9.00 pm – info:


Labor Day sale on

Specially for Labor Day: save 20% on all Vai merch when you use code “Labor20” at the checkout on our web store. The sale ends  9/5 at midnight PST.



Tony MacAlpine opens for Steve on West Coast tour leg

Very cool news: 

Long time The Breed band member Tony MacAlpine, who incidentally celebrates his birthday today, will Join Steve’s tour to open on the following dates:

Oct 8: Riverside, CA – Fox Performing Arts Center

Oct 9: Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues

Oct 11: San Diego, CA – House Of Blues

Oct 12: Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater

Oct 13: San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

Oct 14: Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades

Oct 16: Portland, OR – Revolution Hall

Tony will be joined by his band: Aquiles Priester (drums) and Bjorn Englen (bass).

We are so happy that Tony is recovering and feeling back to normal, and thrilled that he will join this part of the Passion & Warfare 25th ann. tour as part of his own tour during October.

Check out for the remainder of his solo tour dates.