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Vai Academy Song Evolution Camp

February 6, 2014

Announcing Vai Academy Song Evolution Camp June 23-27, 2014 in Saratoga Springs, NY. Join Steve for an intensive, hands-on 4-day songwriting, music and guitar workshop experience where attendees will write, record, publish a song with Vai. To add even more fire to the garden, guitar greats Guthrie Govan, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter & Vernon Reid will join Vai as they share music insight and acumen. The event, which will feature jams and live performances, is open to players of all instruments and skill levels. Visit VaiAcademy.com for registration and full details.

Steve Vai Faces

February 3, 2014

Steve got a big kick out of this and would like to encourage others to make their own “Steve Vai Faces” video if they think they have enough rubber in their cheeks.


Spring Gala Event 2014, China

January 26, 2014

About six months ago my dear friend Greg Bissonette hooked me up with a very famous Chinese pop artist who was interested in having me play on one of his tracks. His name is Chyi Chin. In China, he has been a very popular artist for many years. I get offers like this occasionally, and I’m not opposed to participating if I like the song and feel that I can properly contribute. I listened to Chyi’s track, and I liked it. It’s a beautiful orchestral track. His voice is kind and sweet and they let me do whatever I wanted so I layered about 15 guitars on it. I very much like the way the final mix came out.

This year I was brought to China by Mavis Ma, a wonderful promoter there, and we performed in Shanghai and Beijing and the gigs were great. I had not been in China since 2005. I was told that I was the first American rock artist to play in Communist China back then. The Stones went there in 2004, but hey, they are not Yankee Doodles. We posted photos and videos of our stint there while on tour in 2013.

BTV is a huge TV network in Beijing, China. Once a year they put on this gigantic Spring Festival Global Gala where performance artists from various countries around the world come together to perform. I guess we made a good impression on the music community there because not only was I invited to perform with Chyi Chin on the track that I recorded with him but they requested that I perform “For the Love of God” and “Answers” with their 40-piece orchestra. This show is broadcast to over 2 billion viewers around the world…eh, a drop in the bucket.

I thought it would be great to do this and was honored they asked. The American artist they invited last year was Yanni. Hmmm, I guess they were interested in quite the contrast this year. You have to understand how strict China is when it comes to who they invite to perform. I was told by Mavis that they have never – like NEVER – in the history of China, had a rock artist perform on a TV, and I was told this was a first.

Pia and I got the chance to spend close to a week in Beijing. It’s an extraordinary city. Huge!!! We took a lot of time to go out and check things out.

There was four days planned for this project. The first was rehearsal, the second was a stage rehearsal and run-through (this is where they filmed and recorded for the show), the third was a complete run-through with all the perfumers which took about three hours and there was an audience. The last day was a full performance with the filming and taping of the audience.

It all went fantastic and will be aired in Feb. Stay tuned.


This will be premiered on BTV,  Jan. 26th at 7:35 p.m., with a replay telecast on Feb. 1st at 7:35 p.m. China Standard Time

Vai Limited Edition Guitar String Plaque

January 21, 2014


One of 6 Steve Vai Limited Edition Autographed Framed Plaques includes guitar picks, a live photograph, and six (6) guitar strings actually used by Steve during 2013 “Story of Light” World Tour.

Each plaque comes with a card individually signed by Steve Vai with the date & venue. Steve’s guitar tech removed the strings after each show and returned them to the original strings envelope; the date of each show was also written on the envelope. Each envelope is attached to the back of the frame for further authenticity.

Available plaques:

Beijing, China
Shanghai, China
Tokyo, Japan
Auckland, New Zealand
Barcelona, Spain
Prague, Czech Republic

Retail Price: $499.99 each + shipping fees and applicable taxes. Get them directly from the vai.com webstore.


Win a trip to Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp

January 12, 2014
Want to win a trip to Guitar Player Magazine‘s “Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp” next month, with masterclasses from Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Joe Perry and many of the top names in guitar? Support Music in Schools Today by entering for your chance to attend this exciting 4 day event in Las Vegas! Follow this link: http://j.mp/IO7wJB

BTV Spring Global Gala, China

January 9, 2014

Fresh off the heels of Steve’s 199th show from “The Story of Light” tour, Steve Vai is in China to perform with an orchestra at the Spring Global Gala — a huge celebration to bring in the Chinese New Year, featuring performers from all over the globe. The televised broadcast will be seen by 1,000,000,000 (that’s 1 billion) people! Stay tuned for air times in other parts of the world.


Happy Holidays

December 23, 2013

Happy Holidays!