Public television’s critically acclaimed concert series, Front and Center, has debuted a new episode featuring three-time Grammy Award winning guitarist Steve Vai. The intimate performance was filmed at New York’s Iridium — the smallest venue Vai has played in years. He was voted 10th “Greatest Guitarist” by Guitar World magazine in 2015.


In an exclusive interview captured prior to his performance Vai says, “when I wrote ‘Tender Surrender’ it was similar to any other song that I wrote that I thought was worth its salt. It came from just being present.” Vai continues, “I saw a great interview with Eric Clapton and they said ‘What are you thinking about when you’re playing?’ and he says, ‘Nothing, just being in the moment.’ And they said to Bob Dylan, I remember, ‘Where do you get your inspiration from?’ and he goes ‘I don’t know.’ Of course, Rolling Stone Magazine, they’re going to press him, ‘What do you mean, you don’t know?’ and he said, ‘I don’t know, it comes from that infinite pool of creativity that exists in everybody.’ So I think that that’s the right answer.” The full video can be seen here:

The episode will air nationally on public television. Check local listings for air dates and times here:


Front and Center is currently in its seventh season. The series features CMA Award winners, Grammy Award winners, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, and emerging artists. The show has featured performances by Cheap Trick, Dawes, Shawn Mendes, Southside Johnny, Kaleo, Southside Johnny, The Cadillac Three, and Rob Thomas, as well as Jennifer Nettles this season. Videos and more information about Front and Center are available at and


Steve Vai at Disney Concert Hall – March 11th, 2017


New Carvin Legacy Pre Amp available soon


Introducing the Carvin Audio Steve Vai Legacy Drive Preamp Pedal – Available for order February 16, 2017 through Carvin Audio.

American Youth Symphony performance at Disney Hall LA.


Hey folks, Steve here.

I’m thrilled to announce that I will be performing at Disney Hall in Los Angeles with “American Youth Symphony” on March 11, 2017. I’ve been going to concerts at Disney Hall since it was constructed and feel tremendous appreciation to have been invited to perform my music there. The pieces that will be performed are…

1. There’s Still Something Dead In Here (without Steve)
2. Kill the Guy with the Ball (with Steve)
3. The Murder (with Steve)
4. Call it Sleep (with Steve)

These pieces were chosen by Carlos Izcaray who is the exceptional conductor of this event. It’s interesting to note that the first 3 pieces are perhaps some of my darkest and most brooding music.

“There’s Still Something Dead in Here” is a complex, dense and very atonal piece of contemporary music.
“Kill the Guy with the Ball” is violently fast and furious and the Orchestra version is just ripping.
“The Murder” is macabre and harmonically heavy.
“Call It Sleep” is from Flex-Able with an updated symphonic orchestration and will be a blessed relief after the first pieces.

Interesting that all the titles of these pieces could lead one to believe I have a preoccupation with Death! Truth is, I’m way too alive for that. Hope to see you at the show.

Ticket link:

Front And Center performance airdates on PBS


Steve Vai’s blistering performance for “Front And Center” at The Iridium in New York City will begin airing in US cities on PBS February 2nd and continue through late March. Visit to see when the show airs in your city.


Generation Axe Japan Tourdates


We are announcing a few Generation Axe tourdates in Japan.

April 3, Nagoya, April 4, Osaka, April 6 and 7 Tokyo. Ticket links will be added once they go on sale.

Stay tuned for more…

Ibanez Jem 30th Anniversary edition is here!


Today at NAMM, Ibanez has released the 30th Anniversary Jem models, in the original colours Loch Ness Green, Dessert Sun Yellow and Shocking Pink. Check out this cool website by Ibanez, which includes a video, shown below,  where Steve and key Ibanez people tell their story on how a legend was born. The Jem 30th is available through your local Ibanez representative.