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Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 2:44 am
by Steve Himself
Hi Folks,

Well, I was sitting here thinking, it's been a while since I was out there with my own band playing a full show, but would it make sense to tour on an orchestra record since that's what's being released?

If I don't get out for at least a little bit now, it may not be another 2 years before I get a chance to.

What if I just do a quick stint of Europe and the US? Yeah, I'm feeling that need to get out and play for you all again.

Okay - how about these shows below?

Jun 28 - Luxembourg
Jun 29 - Paris, France
Jun 30 - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands
Jul 02 - Ingolstadt, Germany
Jul 03 - Ulm, Germany
Jul 05 - Barcelona, Spain
Jul 06 - Valencia, Spain
Jul 07 - Murcia, Spain
Jul 08 - Bergara, Spain
Jul 09 - Porto, Portugal
Jul 10 - Lisbon, Portugal
Jul 11 - Madrid, Spain
Jul 13 - To Be Announced
Jul 14 - Udine, Italy
Jul 15 - Pistoia, Italy
Jul 16 - Rome, Italy
Jul 18 - To Be Announced
Jul 19 - Wolverhampton, UK
Jul 20 - Manchester, UK
Jul 21 - Nottingham, UK
Jul 22 - London, UK
Jul 24 - Dublin, Ireland
Jul 26 - To Be Announced
Jul 28 - Moscow, Russia

We'll announce venues shortly, check the Tour Dates page for links to tickets for Holland and France which are on sale now. There are still a few cities to be confirmed above, and we'll announce US dates later.

Will There Be An Evo Experience?
I enjoyed the last one very much and I do have some ideas for a new one. Let's do it! Unfortunately we can't do EVO for festival shows. For shows already on sale (like Paris) EVO Experience passes will be sold separately from tickets.

What About The Band?
Hmmm, well, since it's a relatively short tour it might be a good opportunity to do something different and perhaps change the band up.

It's tough. The Breed is like a family to me and although I know that we can probably get together anytime and do a gig or tour, this is may be a good opportunity to try something a little different. Tony and Billy won't be joining me on this run - but they are actually doing a project together and you won't want to miss them when they tour Europe in October!

So, since there is no studio album with a firm band that I'm touring on, anything goes. I'm thinking of having a violin player in the band that can understand how to play like a violin player but still rip it up when necessary. Imagine some of those guitar lines doubled with a violin. That's pretty strung up!

Well, let's see how auditions go.

What Music Are We Going To Play?
I guess a lot of this will have to do with who the band ends up being, but whatever it is I would like to do a lot of songs that have never been performed live before, such as "Die to Live," "Lucky Charms," the last movement of the "Fire Garden Suite" etc. I'm sure we can do some things from the new Sound Current CD. I have a feeling "The Murder" may be pretty harmonically defiant.

What About The Next Record?
When I jump into "Real Illusions Part 2," it's going to take quite some time to finish it so perhaps we can record a live record from this tour with all new songs, similar to the way we did "Alive in an Ultra World". I only hope that I can walk that walk after talking the talk.

We can record new songs one at a time per show.

Okay then, new tour, new band, new music and a new live recording, and you're all invited! And I am going to request that this tour is an "All Ages" event in every city. I'm hoping this will be possible.

Keep an eye on the site for more info.


Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 2:50 am
by jsterry
Thanks for the info, Steve. Looking forward to the UK leg and hopefully the EVO experience.


Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 2:51 am
by Seraphim
Hey Steve, it's me!!!!!!!!!
Count with me at EVO experience!!!!!!!!!
Ohhhhh, you make my day :guitar :headbang :peace

Also I have dreamed with you and an orchester 8)

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 3:00 am
by Axemadman
Thanks Steve for including Ireland again. Hope to meet you again at the EVO.

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 3:39 am
by amanvai
Ha, time for a Euro trip. It all sounds pretty intense. Thankyou so much, and I'm very much looking forward to meeting you at the EVO experience. Once in a cosmic rain, you get a chance to do something like this, and I am so grateful, I'm sure we all are, that you do this time and time again so well. Thankyou for giving us the chance of a lifetime so many times. The little black dots just got bigger. See you on venus Mr. Steve Vai.



Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 3:41 am
by Onikage
Great great great!!!

That's amazing news, glad you come to Portugal.

This idea was great, specially for all the fans that love you and miss when you're not around!



Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 4:03 am
by EyE
Thanks Steve!! Great news that you're doing a short tour!! You really like to surprise us eyy! hehehe I've allready got tickets for the Arrow Rock festival here in Holland who knows, maybe even a show somewhere else!! But first we'll be seeing you in London. :wink:


Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 4:57 am
by prman
Weep! :cry: No Finland!

On the other hand, some dates are still unconfirmed. I`ll keep my fingers crossed... (How about that July 26th? It ain`t long walk from Helsinki to Moscow.):D

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 5:00 am
by Tony S
Woohoo !!
I hope the London gig is at Hammersmith again. :D


Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 5:33 am
by Helly
Not far from Moscow to Oslo either....
but...might not be the most attractive place to play..I'll go see you somewhere else :D

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 5:41 am
by ZappaIrl
steve in ireland again!!! great... i saw him the last time in vicar street, and i flew to manchester to see zappa plays zappa (play in a band and was playing on the dublin gig night).... cant wait to see him again.... and i'll kill for evo experience!!!!!!!!!! thanks for having it on a tuesday!!!! weekend nights are usually out for me!

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 5:44 am
by -yasi-
Hey Steve!
Thanks for the info, awesome, you gonna come to ULM GERMANY, that's my hometown!!!
Can't wait to see you there!!!!
Yasi :lol:


Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 5:59 am
by R1FSR
Hi Steve
Although saddened by the thought of the breed not being with you i am equally as excited by a new look/sounding Vai experience.
you can count me in for the following dates and def a few EVOs as well.

Jun 30 - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands (hopefully)
Jul 19 - Wolverhampton, UK
Jul 20 - Manchester, UK
Jul 21 - Nottingham, UK
Jul 22 - London, UK
Jul 24 - Dublin, Ireland

look forward to more news as and when :D

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 6:06 am
by Gandalph915
Again no Czech Republic ? Well, I can't say I expected It to be there. Two more dates will be announced but they are between Spain - Italy and Ireland - Russia :)

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 6:12 am
by GrooweN
No Scandinavia at all??? :shock: :shock: :shock:

Damn it.... i was planning on EVO Experience all from the last show you did here in sweden in Stockholm 2005...
That was the best show i have ever seen and it is sad that you wont come here this time when going to Europe :(
Hope maybe for a little change in the tourlist?
Would be wonderful if you came here to Sweden Steve!
Hope you make it right :P