Steve Vai Describes Developing Dark Matter 2 Pickups with DiMarzio

Check out this new video of Steve Vai describing his work with DiMarzio on developing new pickups and straps.

By the way, soon we will carry these items in our webstore!


Happy Holidays!

Hey Folks;

And happiest of holidays to you all. 

We just returned from a 103 show Passion and Warfare 25th anniversary tour that spanned Europe and USA. 

It was an exceptional life adventure and myself and the band wanted to sincerely thank all of you that attended the shows. 

I didn’t realize what an effect it would have on me to perform that whole record (PAW) from beginning to end. 

It was an honor for all of us and we are still swooning from that peak experience. 

When looking towards your 2017 I wish you all infinite freedom, expansion and joy. This is at the core of who we are.

Peace and love and good happiness stuff!




39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Broadcast on CBS

The 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Broadcast on CBS featuring Steve as part of the musical tribute to the Eagles, airs on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 9 p.m. EST / 8 p.m. CST on CBS-TV and CBS All Access.

The annual ceremony, which was hosted by The Late Show‘s own Stephen Colbert and attended by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Dec. 4, paid tribute to the 2016 honorees: pianist Martha Argerich, rock legends the Eagles, actor Al Pacino, gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples, and singer-songwriter James Taylor.

Here is a little preview:

Dec 4th show in San Antonio Canceled

Due to an unexpected scheduling conflict, the Steve Vai show set for Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 at the Tobin Center has been cancelled. Purchased tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase (to the original transaction credit card, or if purchased by cash or check a check, the refund will be mailed to the name and address on the original transaction). Ticket holders with questions may contact the Tobin Center Box Office at 210-223-8624. Their friendly customer service representatives are happy to assist you and answer any questions.

New DiMarzio Dark Matter 2 Video

Steve plays and talks about his new Dark Matter 2 Neck, Middle, and Bridge pickups, and his new “Modern Primitive” and “Passion And Warfare 25th Anniversary” albums.………


Update from the road – Note from Steve

Hey Folks, Steve here.
We are on tour honoring the 25th anniversary release of PAW and we are having an amazing run. The band is just smoking!
I’m taken back by such positive responses at the shows from the audience and I’m feeling a tremendous amount of appreciation in all aspects of this tour, especially performing all the songs and every note! It dawned on me at the beginning of this tour what incredible good fortune I have and when thinking back to the making of Passion and Warfare and the 25 year old Steve that was cooking it up, I remember the deep enthusiasm I was feeling during the whole process.

Now, 25-30 years later, (because I started working on the record close to 30 years ago) when I play these songs on stage I feel so much gratitude that I can be doing this 25 years later and there are people that are enjoying it.

We have a lot of nice surprises in store for 2017 and I’m looking forward to continuing to “Just go for it”.

Peace and love and good happiness stuff,


Vai Academy 3.0 Press Release









LOS ANGELES — Steve Vai’s third annual Vai Academy Guitar Camp — Vai Academy 3.0: “Passion and Technique” — will be taking place in Carmel, CA at the Asilomar Conference Grounds from January 2-6, 2017. Along with a star-studded lineup of special guests including Al Di Meola, Zakk Wylde, Carlos Alomar and others, Vai will stage the event for players and music lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes. The four-day gathering offers once-in-a-lifetime activities such as jamming with Steve Vai and his band, as well as activities and workshops for master players, beginners, and enthusiastic fans alike. For more information, including a variety of registration options, visit Register by November 24 and receive a BOSS SD-1 Super Overdrive Pedal, TC Electronic Polytune Clip, and a copy of the Tone Wizards eBook when you arrive to Vai Academy.

“I’m so excited that Vai Academy has been as successful as it’s been, and it seems to become more interesting every year,” Steve Vai, the newly-inducted 2016 Long Island Music Hall of Fame Member, remarked. “For 2017, we chose the Asilomar Conference Grounds in beautiful Carmel, California during the first week of January, which is great because everyone’s ready to start the year fresh after the holidays. This year, we’re going to focus on guitar technique, and we’ll talk about finding inspiration within yourself to write melodies and songs. The technique is the tool. It’s your most useful friend to express what’s inside. We’ll unlock that together.”


“Ultimately, the main goal of Vai Academy is for everybody in attendance to feel incredibly enthusiastic when thinking about their goals, their future, and connection to the instrument, and to make some new friends, maybe find a new bandmate or two, and have a great time.”

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of his landmark album, Passion and Warfare, Vai released Modern Primitive / Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition, earlier this year via Legacy Recordings. Modern Primitive includes previously unreleased material either recorded or written following Vai’s first solo record Flex-Able and prior to Passion and Warfare. The 25th Anniversary version of Passion and Warfare is remastered from the original analog tapes and includes four bonus tracks (“Love Elixir,” “We Are One,” “As Above,” and “So Below”).


Now, a limited edition first time 180 Gram Audiophile vinyl of Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition is available — impeccably mastered and enhanced on two clear LPs with four recently unearthed bonus tracks from the album sessions, featured in a first time gatefold cover presentation and pressed at R.T.I. Fans can now hear 1990’s Best Album of the Year, as designated by both Guitar World and Guitar Player, like they have never heard it before. The 180 Gram Audiophile vinyl is available here:


Vai is currently on a critically-acclaimed, 100+ date Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary World Tour celebrating one of the greatest instrumental rock guitar recordings of all time. For the first time ever, Vai and his band are playing Passion and Warfare from front to back live at each tour stop. In a show review, Mass Live said Vai “bent notes and minds” and of the performance at The Fillmore in San Francisco, SF Sonic noted, Vai “delivered a masterful performance” and added “it was hard to not get wrapped up in the enthusiasm emanating from Vai, who seemed overjoyed to be playing these songs…his playing demands and holds your attention throughout, a mark of a true master.”

The North American leg of the tour includes these upcoming concerts:    


Nov. 15 – Vienna, VA – The Barns at Wolf Trap

Nov. 16 – Harrisburg, PA – Sunoco Theater at the Whitaker

Nov. 18 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre

Nov. 19 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works

Nov. 20 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre

Nov. 21 – Durham, NC – The Carolina Theatre

Nov. 22 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall

Nov. 23 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre

Nov. 25 – St. Petersburg, FL – Palladium Theatre

Nov. 26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Parker Playhouse

Nov. 27 – Orlando, FL – Plaza Live

Nov. 28 – Macon, GA – Cox Capitol Theatre

Nov. 29 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse

Nov. 30 – Birmingham, AL – WorkPlay Theatre

Dec. 1 – New Orleans, LA – Joy Theater

Dec. 2 – Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre

Dec. 4 – San Antonio, TX – Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 5 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory

Dec. 6 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom

Dec. 7 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant

Dec. 9 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up

Dec. 10 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

Dec. 11 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater

Dec. 12 – Scottsdale, AZ – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts


To purchase tickets, EVO Experience VIP packages (including front row, meet & greet + Q&A opportunities with Steve), and for more information, visit:


Known for his intense, virtuosic and instantly recognizable guitar style, Steve Vai is also a visionary composer, consummate producer, and relentless live performer who sculpts musical sound with infinite creativity and technical mastery. At 18 years old, he began his professional musical career transcribing for, and then playing with, the legendary Frank Zappa. More than three decades, more than 15 million in album sales, and three GRAMMY Awards later, Vai has proven himself, in his own right, as one of music’s true originals. While many artists fit easily into a single category, Steve Vai remains unclassifiable. Throughout the years, Vai has awed fans of all genres with his exceptional guitar skills and musicianship while touring the world as a solo artist, a member of G3, with Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth, and bands such as Alcatrazz and Whitesnake. As an accomplished audio producer, Vai has written, produced, and engineered all of his solo albums — several released via Favored Nations, his own independent record label that has released over 70 albums by legendary musicians such as Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Lukather, Eric Johnson, Billy Sheehan, Larry Carlton and many more. For Vai, virtuosity and versatility are not mutually exclusive. He has created music for blockbuster films, bestselling video games, national sports franchises, corporate brand initiatives, as well as several accomplished orchestras around the world with whom he has performed. Vai remains one of the most honored guitarists of the past few decades. His career accomplishments have earned him honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and Musicians Institute. Vai has been honored multiple times by Guitar World and Guitar Player as Guitarist of the Year and Guitar World has ranked him as one of the Top Ten Greatest Guitarists of All Time.