Check out these cool shots, taken by Mike Mesker, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, Michigan:
Check out these cool shots, taken by Mike Mesker, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, Michigan:
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:
The upgrade package does not include a ticket to the show itself, these must be purchased separately.
Availability is limited. Available online here.
TWO SHOWS AT THE IRIDIUM ON MAY 11th TO BE TAPED FOR ACCLAIMED SERIES, “FRONT AND CENTER”
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.
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.
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.
VAI WILL HOST THIRD VAI ACADEMY GUITAR CAMP IN CARMEL, CA, JAN. 2-6, 2017
LOS ANGELES — To commemorate the 25th anniversary of his landmark album, Passion and Warfare, Steve Vai has announced he will be embarking on a very special world tour celebrating the groundbreaking recording.
Passion and Warfare is highly regarded as one of the greatest instrumental rock guitar recordings of all time. For the first time Vai will be performing the entire Passion and Warfare record from top to bottom, with some very special surprises in store.
Vai will be launching his PAW Euro tour hot off the Generation Axe tour and will be performing at the World Guitar Festival in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, on May 28, 2016. This will mark the first date of the Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour. 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.
“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.”
The tour will feature a unique premium package: the Passion and Warfare EVO Experience, where among other things fans will have an opportunity to sit with Steve in an intimate Q&A session. A limited number of EVO Experience tickets will be available for each show.
In the next few weeks, there will be an official announcement regarding the release by Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings of Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition, a remastered version of the original recording featuring four bonus tracks, and a new companion album called Modern Primitive, which includes material that was either recorded or written after Vai’s first solo record Flex-Able and prior to the writing and recording of the music on Passion and Warfare. These tracks have not been previously released.
“Modern Primitive is by far my most adventurous recording to date, and I feel as though it’s my most telling release.”
Vai will also be performing select G3 dates with Joe Satriani and The Aristrocrats in Italy and Germany during the month of July.
Vai will host his third Vai Academy at the Asilomar Center (www.visitasilomar.com) in Carmel, California, Jan. 2-6, 2017. Special guests will be announced soon when the camp goes on sale. For more information, e-mail: email@example.com.
“I can’t be more blown away by our line up of special guests that will be joining us in January 2017 for our next Vai Academy,” Vai said. “The theme for this camp will be focusing on technique, and going deeper than technique to find a player’s individual and unique voice on the instrument.”
Steve Vai – Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary World Tour Dates
May 28 – Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec – World Guitar Festival
June 1 – Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABC Glasgow
June 2 – London, England – London Palladium
June 3 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, England – O2 Academy Newcastle
June 5 – Manchester, England – O2 Ritz Manchester
June 6 – Brighton, England – The Dome
June 7 – Bristol, England – Academy
June 9 – Helsinki, Finland – The House of Culture
June 11 – Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
June 12 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller Music Hall
June 13 – Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Medis, Ballroom
June 14 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
June 15 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Pusterviksbaren
June 17 – Leuven, Belgium – Het Depot
June 18 – Gutenstetten, Germany – Ibanez Guitar Festival
June 20 – Warsaw, Poland – Progresja
June 21 – Prague, Czech Republic – Lucerna Music Bar
June 23 – Vienna, Austria – Simm City
June 24 – Dornbirn, Austria – Conrad Sohm
June 26 – Paris, France – Le Trianon
June 27 – Solothurn, Switzerland – Kofmehl
June 28 – Schaffhausen, Switzerland – Kammgarn
June 29 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – den Atelier
June 30 – Lausanne, Switzerland – Les Docks
July 2 – Rome, Italy – Rock In Roma (G3 with Joe Satriani & The Aristocrats)
July 3 – Sogliano Al Rubicone, Italy (G3 with Joe Satriani & The Aristocrats)
July 4 – Ascoli Piceno, Itlay – Piazza del Popolo (G3 with Joe Satriani & The Aristocrats)
July 5 – Grugliasco, Italy – Gru Village (G3 with Joe Satriani & The Aristocrats)
July 6 – Gardone Riviera, Italy – Teatro del Vittoriale
July 7 – Udine, Italy – Castello di Udine
July 10 – Weert, Netherlands – Bospop Festival
July 11 – Munich, Germany – Circus Krone (G3 with Joe Satriani & The Aristocrats)
July 12 – Offenbach A. Main, Germany – Stadthalle (G3 with Joe Satriani & The Aristocrats)
July 13 – Bonn, Germany – Kunst!rasen (G3 with Joe Satriani & The Aristocrats)
July 16 – Cordoba, Spain – Anfiteatro Axerquia
July 17 – San Javier, Spain – Auditrio Parque Almansa
July 18 – Madrid, Spain – Jardines de la Complutense
July 19 – Valencia, Spain – Jardines de los Viveros
July 20 – Palma, Spain – Teatro Trui
July 21 – Barcelona, Spain – BARTS Club Paral.lel 62
July 23 – Lisbon, Portugal – Cultural Centre of Belem
July 24 – Vila, Portugal – Hard Club
July 28 – Budapest, Hungary – Park Budapest
July 30 – Tbilisi, Georgia – Tbilisi Open Air
We are sorry to report that tonights Generation Axe show in Houston has been canceled due to flooding in the area.
Copied below is the Live Nation announcement:
Revention Music Center at Bayou Place
Monday, April 18, 2016
This event has been CANCELLED due to inclement weather.
Refunds are available at the original point of purchase.
Thank you for your understanding.
Check out this article by Guitar World, with a video of Generation Axe playing Boston’s ‘Foreplay”, recorded in Denver two days ago: