Guitar World debuts “Lovely Elixir” from Modern Primitive

Legacy Recordings Celebrates The Groundbreaking Sounds Of

Guitarist/Composer Steve Vai With Release of

Modern Primitive / Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition

On Friday, June 24th

2CD Collection Premieres Previously Unreleased Music—Written Or Recorded By Steve Vai (from 1984-1990)—In Addition To Passion and Warfare Bonus Tracks Debuts Bonus Track “Lovely Elixir” This Morning

Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour Coming This Year



Release dates set for ‘Modern Primitive’ and ‘Passion And Warfare’


May 19, 2016 – Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Steve Vai’s Modern Primitive / Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition, a celebratory 2CD collection of classic tracks and previously unreleased music, on Friday, June 24. It is available now for pre-orders:


Steve Vai and Legacy Recordings are commemorating the 25th anniversary of Passion and Warfare with a special 2CD edition of the album which includes the first-ever release of Vai’s Modern Primitive songs and recordings. Based on song sketches and works-in-progress penned and recorded by Vai following the release of Flex-Able, his debut album, in January 1984, the music on Modern Primitive has been completed by Vai for release as a full album disc and the 2nd CD is the bonus remastering of the Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition.


“The music on Flex-Able is so vastly different from Passion and Warfare, one could wonder if the same guy actually made both records,” Steve writes in his liner notes for the collection. “Modern Primitive is the missing link between these two records. It’s sort of Cro-Magnon Vai.”


Newly remastered from the original analog tapes, the Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition disc includes, as bonus tracks, four previously unreleased recordings from the Passion and Warfare sessions.


Modern Primitive / Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition is being released as a 2CD physical collection while each disc will be available as a sepárate title on all digital platforms.


The 2CD Modern Primitive / Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition will be housed in a 4-panel soft-pack with a 20-page Modern Primitive booklet and a 24-panel Passion and Warfare poster fold.


In addition to the first-time release of his “lost” Modern Primitive music, composer/producer and electric guitar virtuoso Steve Vai will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his landmark album, Passion and Warfare, with a world tour starting on May 28th featuring—for the first time ever in concert—full performances of his groundbreaking instrumental rock masterpiece in its entirety. “Performing this record from top to bottom (with some very special surprises in the works) is something I’ve always dreamed of doing,” Vai said.  “There are songs here I’ve never performed before, and I’m delighted that 25 years after its release, I feel as though my guitar chops are as much up to the task as ever before.”


Often cited as one of the greatest and most influential instrumental rock guitar albums ever recorded, Vai’s Passion and Warfare was originally released through Relativity/Epic Records in September 1990 and has been certified Gold by the RIAA. Inspired by a series of dreams Vai had experienced as a young man, Passion and Warfare has been described by the artist as “Jimi Hendrix meets Jesus Christ at a party that Ben Hur threw for Mel Blanc.” Recorded at The Mothership, Vai’s home studio in the Hollywood Hills, Passion and Warfare includes the classic track, “For the Love of God,” cited as one of the best solos of all time in a Guitar World magazine reader’s poll.



Steve Vai

Modern Primitive / Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition

track listing


Modern Primitive

  1. Bop!
  2. Dark Matter
  3. Mighty Messengers
  4. The Lost Chord
  5. Upanishads
  6. Fast Note People
  7. And We Are One
  8. Never Forever
  9. Lights Are On
  10. No Pockets
  11. Pink and Blows Over: Part 1
  12. Pink and Blows Over: Part 2 (Mars Attack)
  13. Pink and Blows Over: Part 3 (Jazzbo Paddle-foot)


Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition

  1. Liberty
  2. Erotic Nightmares
  3. The Animal
  4. Answers
  5. The Riddle
  6. Ballerina 12/24
  7. For Love Of God
  8. The Audience ls Listening
  9. I Would Love To
  10. Blue Powder
  11. Greasy Kid’s Stuff
  12. Alien Water Kiss
  13. Sisters
  14. Love Secrets
  15. Lovely Elixir (Bonus)
  16. And We Are One (Solo #2) (Bonus)
  17. As Above (Bonus)
  18. So Below (Bonus)


About Steve Vai

Steve Vai, age 12, picked up the guitar in 1973 and started taking lessons from Joe Satriani (another future guitar hero) shortly after. He soaked up influences ranging from Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page to Jimi Hendrix and Brian May and by the end of the 1970s, was transcribing guitar parts for Frank Zappa. He became a full member of Zappa’s band in 1980.


Rapidly becoming one of the most in-demand, versatile, eloquent and soulful sidemen in the business, Vai recorded with Alcatrazz, Whitesnake, David Lee Roth and Public Image Ltd.


He launched his solo career with the release of Flex-Able, a homemade indie album, in 1984. Since 1990, he has recorded and released eight studio albums, eight live albums, two EPs, 12 soundtracks, 20 compilation albums, seven videos and more. Vai has won three Grammy Awards and earned 15 Grammy Award nominations. He has appeared as a guest artist on more than 40 albums, playing with artists like Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Gregg Bissonnett and Joe Jackson, among others.


Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings signed Steve Vai to an historic multi-album agreement in February 2015.


Steve to play Guitare en Scene Festival 2016

Steve will appear on July 14th at the Guitare en Scene festival in Saint Julien en Genevois, France. This annual festival spans 5 days and has an amazing line up, such as Joe Satriani, Santana, Status Quo and Europe, amongst many others. Steve will play on Thursday.

Check the festival website for all artists and additional information.

This appearance is part of the Passion & Warfare 25th Anniversary tour. However, because this is a festival, there is no EVO upgrade available.

Get your tickets online here!


Generation Axe Stage Shots

Check out these cool shots, taken by Mike Mesker, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, Michigan:



EVO VIP Upgrades for the Passion and Warfare tour

We’re happy to announce for most of the upcoming European Passion and Warfare tour dates, the EVO VIP package will be available.

This exclusive and very limited VIP upgrade includes:

  • A Q&A session with Steve
  • Personal Meet & Greet
  • A Passion & Warfare 25th Anniversary Tourbook
  • A DiMarzio Guitar Strap
  • A Passion & Warfare guitar pick
  • Early access to the venue
  • Personal Photograph with Steve
  • Autographed 8×10 photo
  • Official EVO Tour laminate
  • VIP Access to the pre-show soundcheck.

The upgrade package does not include a ticket to the show itself, these must be purchased separately.

Availability is limited.  Available online here. 


Vai to perform two shows at the Iridium next week


Tickets On Sale Thursday, May 5th At Noon ET

May 5, 2016 – Next Wednesday evening, May 11th, Steve Vai will perform two exclusive sets at The Iridium in New York City the most intimate room Vai has headlined in years.  The shows will take place at 8:00 pm and 10:30 pm.  Tickets can be purchased here beginning today at Noon ET.  

For the 8:00 pm show:

For the 10:30 pm show –

Both Vai performances are being filmed for a future episode of the critically acclaimed public television concert series “Front and Center,” scheduled to air in early 2017 during the seventh season of the show.  This show also kicks off The Iridium’s annual celebration of its legacy as “The Home of Les Paul.”  With more events featuring iconic performers to be announced, The Iridium will be honoring its most famous resident guitarist with special performances leading up to what would have been Les Paul’s 101st birthday on June 9th.

Over the past several years, “Front and Center” has presented a mix of Grammy, Country Music Association, and American Music Award winners, rock icons, and multi-Platinum artists including Santana, Paul Rodgers, Cheap Trick, Steven Tyler, Keith Urban, Jack Johnson, Joe Jackson, John Hiatt, Lady Antebellum, Buddy Guy, Little Big Town, Cyndi Lauper, The Fray, for King & Country, Train, Trey Anastasio, and more.

Vai will be launching his Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary World Tour beginning at the World Guitar Festival in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, on May 28, 2016.  Following that festival play and an extensive run in Europe that will include stops in Scotland, England, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Poland, France, Switzerland and many other countries, the tour will arrive in the United States in October.  Additional concerts in America and abroad will be announced at a later date.

For more information on the “Front and Center” music series, please visit: and for select tickets to the “Front and Center” tapings at The Iridium, visit:


Saturday Gear Po!n…. Orignal Evo Neck & Tool-less Jem

The Story Behind Evo’s Broken Neck

“My name is Chris “Chrispy” Conrads, I was Stu Hamm’s Bass tech 1994-1998 Oct 10 1996, Concord pavilion, San Francisco Ca. full production rehearsal day for the first G3 tour. We were setting up and getting everything together for the tour, Steve Vai’s equipment had arrived from Australia, where during a show there Steve had thrown his guitar to his tech while standing on the cable. Needless to say the guitar stopped in mid air and nose dived, thus one of history’s great guitars was damaged. Ibanez had provided a few new necks for Steve to try. All the guitar techs were set up in a corner in the back of the venue (they were still setting up staging, sound and lighting) and I watched as Nick removed the broken neck, stripped the hardware off it and tossed it into a trash can. I was shocked to think that the neck that had been Vai’s “baby” for 4 albums and countless shows wasn’t going to to be attempted to be repaired. I snatched the neck up and said to Steve ” you want me to attempt a repair on this?” He said, “No, once the wood is broken It won’t ring the same as a solid piece of wood” I said “are you sure?” he said “Yea, one of these new ones will be fine” I said, “This is a piece of guitar history, it can’t just go in the trash” He laughed and said “Enjoy!” The next night was the first show of the tour, it was also the night I realised That Steve broke a guitar every night on that tour, I was hanging out at my station on the side of the stage when Steve started smashing the guitar at the end of his set, a pickup rolled across the floor and stopped when it hit my foot, I looked down and smiled as the light bulb went off in my head thinking to myself “If i can get a piece every day, I can build a broken guitar around the broken neck!” I scooped up the pickup and tossed it in my toolbox! And so the tour went on, a trem here, a pick-guard there, a headstock with machines and locknut, all played and broken by Vai! At the end of the tour I had everything but a body. Steve was playing a solo show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. I went down and helped with set up (H.O.B. L.A. is not a great venue for the crew, rough load in and not much room on the stage) near the end of the show I went into the audience, and worked my way to the front of the stage, and when Steve broke the guitar, the body broke into three pieces I grabbed two of them as they came off, the third I watched slide under the drum riser where I went and retrieved it. After the show I got Steve to sign it but it was still sweaty and oily and the pen didn’t write clearly, Steve said “Here, I will go over it again” reaching for the guitar, I said “Nah, that’s perfect, the autograph was altered by your DNA” he laughed and thanked me for helping out with the show. i glued the body back together (the date of that show is written in the neck pocket) and put all the parts on it and tossed it in a case where it has been for the last decade. Notice how discolored the back of the neck is, Steve’s blood, sweat and tears have been squeezed into the wood grain, it contains more of Steve’s DNA than a dozen DNA models!”



The prototype for the tool-less tremolo system that Steve developed.