To be perfectly honest- I enjoy always seeing new Vai material- every time something new comes out, even an interview, I get excited about seeing/reading it. But honestly I have to say that I really DONT want a new DVD. I feel like a dick for saying that- vais going to work for weeks on end, put his heart and soul into the mixing and mastering, bonus content, etc, and he's going to be so excited to see the reaction from his fans- and I'm saying I don't want it. Ultimate dickery... BUT:
I really can't wait to hear the third record- Real illusions was true to heart, quirky deep music carrying over from the ultra zone. It's the most delicate and experimental. SOL was very theatrical, deeply rich layers, a very "warm record". So the next record- we've got the heavy righ layers of SOL, the refreshing basicness to the actual SOUND of the mixing of RI making it much more delicate guitar signal ( RI is a tour I would have loved to have seen btw). What's next? I feel a very diverse third record coming, having being the last record before the entire fourth record and completion of the project. I really feel like this project is going to be nothing like anything before. Four records, a story that interweaves I to all of it- tons of possibilities for material release. I hope Steve makes it really big, the ending, not just four records in order and a story. If this is going to be his quissisential project, (because it could take another ten years to get done- I'll be 26 by then- a really scary thought) I hope it becomes a massive ending to the entire journey of the projec that might take the better part of 20 years to complete. That could be why Steve wants to release fun things like DVDs, orchestra records, etc, showcasing the best work he's done.
So that's kind of off topic, and I've changed my mind- I'd rather Steve take a break not do a new record and release a DVD for the time being. Sometimes I think I, and probably a lot of others too, expect too much- I've never finished writing a single song, let alone mix and master 12... Etc.
so yeah- I would love a new record, but the idea of a new DVD is exciting. And this is an actual tour I've been to, so it's not like it's a show I didn't get to see on tour.