Steve’s longtime guitar tech, Thomas “TimeSpeed” Nordegg, shows us Steve’s touring guitars backstage on “The Story of Light’ Tour.” Video courtesy of CelestionUK.
Steve talks about Led Zeppelin, lettuce, lost guitars and his love of the bizarre in the March 2013 issue of Total Guitar UK Magazine.
In this video, Steve talks about the US & European leg of “The Story of Light Tour,” upcoming “Naked Tracks” installments, his appearance in Las Vegas at this year’s “Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp,” composing for “The Stravinsky Festival” in Holland, his trip to Chicago for the flour + wine/MEF fundraiser this weekend and more. Enjoy!
Win an autographed Steve Vai Ibanez and help keep music education alive for kids! Join Steve Vai, flour + wine (co-owned and operated by Steve’s brother Michael Vai) and School of Rock in their quest to support Music Education Foundation (MEF) programs. Raffle tickets for the Ibanez are $5 a piece, on sale now at http://bit.ly/flourwine or stop by flour + wine to grab your tickets at 433 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn, IL
Vai.com is pleased to announce Steve’s 10/12 live performance at Club Nokia in Los Angeles will be broadcast, live on AXS TV. Official press release below.
STEVE VAI SHARES “THE STORY OF LIGHT” LIVE TOMORROW EXCLUSIVELY ON AXS TV
Special live concert event with the Grammy Award-winning guitarist to be televised nationally October 12th
(October 11, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA) The Grammy award-winning virtuoso guitarist, visionary composer, and consummate producer Steve Vai will broadcast LIVE from Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California for one night only on Friday, October 12 exclusively on AXS TV.
As Steve Vai continues his North American tour to promote his new album, THE STORY OF LIGHT, this special live concert event gives fans a front row seat to see Vai’s lyrically resonant and technically masterful lead guitar, his licks and solos bending sounds and listeners’ minds in equal measure. The Story of Light follows the journey of a man driven mad by grief, intertwining tragedy, revelation, enlightenment, and redemption.
“I’m always pursuing knowledge, I’m a seeker of spiritual equilibrium—and music is a big part of that,” says Vai. “I’ve been obsessed with these kinds of ideas for years.”
AXS TV celebrates Steve Vai, THE STORY OF LIGHT, his 16th studio album, with this special night LIVE from Club Nokia, as the 15-million album selling artist takes the stage for a national television concert event.
“Our goal as a band is to give the best show we can so that when people leave, they feel good,” explains Vai.
This extraordinary live concert event with Steve Vai airs tomorrow, Friday, October 12th starting at 11:45pm ET / 8:45pm PT exclusively on AXS TV.
About AXS TV
Launched in July 2012 under the vision and stewardship of entrepreneur Mark Cuban, AXS TV is the premier destination for live events, breaking news, and as-they-are-happening trends in the worlds of pop culture, music, fashion, and entertainment.
AXS TV Concerts is the premier source on television for 100% live music. From multi-day festivals to stadium tours to club acts, AXS TV delivers an unparalleled shared experience for fans of all genres. Leveraging the network’s vast landscape, artists expand their reach to live behind-the-scenes moments, live fan Q&As, social media engagement and more unique opportunities specifically for the AXS TV audience. With multiple live concerts weekly, AXS TV is the number one destination for artists and their fans to experience and share a pure live event in the world of music and pop culture. Live LIVE!
The largest independently owned and operated network, AXS TV was developed by entrepreneur Mark Cuban and General Manager Philip Garvin. The network partners include Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media and Creative Artists Agency (CAA). AXS TV is available in the U.S. via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Insight, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other TV providers.
AXS TV can be found online at www.axs.tv, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/axstv and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/axstv. AXS TV Concerts can be found online at www.axs.tv, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/axstvconcerts and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/axstvconcerts.
About Steve Vai
Steve Vai is a virtuoso guitarist, visionary composer, and consummate producer who sculpts musical sound with infinite creativity and technical mastery. At age 12, he started taking guitar lessons from Joe Satriani. At 18, he began his professional musical career transcribing for, and then playing with, the legendary Frank Zappa. More than three decades, 15-million in album sales, and three GRAMMY Awards later, Vai has proven himself, in his own right, one of music’s true originals.
EVO Experience passes are now available for the UK tour dates in December. The EVO pass entitles you to a meet & greet with Steve, see the sound check, participate in a Q&A session, get an autographed photo, receive a print of a hand-written score and more. For add’l details, visit the home page.
*Please note, concert tickets are sold separately.
We are ten shows into the tour and I am feeling rockets of appreciation shooting from me. I didn’t know what to expect after 5 years of no solo shows but I’m blown away by the support and response for the band at the shows. We are having an amazing time on this tour. And the new record debuted in the Billboard charts at #78. That’s a first in 20 years. Can not thank you enough.
Steve is featured on the cover of the October 2012 issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine. The publication is currently on newsstands or by subscription.
Premier Guitar has published a gallery of photographs from inside Steve’s newly redesigned “Harmony Hut” studio.
Click here for the full gallery.
Congratulations to Alessandro Serrago on his winning design submission for the Ibanez Design a JEM Contest! Ibanez will be manufacturing two JEM guitars featuring Alessandro’s design– one for Alessandro and one for Steve. Click here to see the top final design submissions from all over the world!
Update: We would like to congratulate Alessandro Serrago for winning the Jem 77,777 contest. Although elements were taken from a free art website, much of the design was based on his ingenuity. There were so many amazing designs & Steve looked at every single one. A heartfelt congratulations to all. Click here for a full gallery of all of the submissions!
To celebrate the release of the new Steve Vai CD “Where The OTHER Wild Things Are” on April 13, Favored Nations and Ibanez Guitars are giving fan an opportunity to ask Steve Vai any question they like! One lucky grand prize winner will receive the brand new 2010 Ibanez Jem77FP2 Floral Pattern guitar (valued at over $4000!)
The winner will have their question personally answered by Steve on YouTube! Steve will mention the winner’s name and personally autograph the guitar to the winner on camera!
Entering the contest is easy – simply become a fan of the Favored Nations Facebook page, and ask Steve a question in the appropriate thread!
For the official rules, visit www.favorednations.com. Good luck!
The new and highly anticipated Jem Floral Pattern 2 guitar from Ibanez has just been unveiled at Musicmesse 2010 in Frankfurt.
The third “floral pattern” design in the 23 year history of the Jem guitar, the Jem77FP2 features a basswood body clad in actual floral pattern fabric chosen specifically by Steve, and then clear-coated. The guitar features a 5pc maple and walnut neck with a rosewood fingerboard, and vine neck inlay with red accents to match the body design.
The neck pickup is a DiMarzio® Evolution® DP158, middle pickup is a DiMarzio® Evolution® DPS1 and the bridge pickup is a DiMarzio® Evo2™. Hardware is chrome and the bridge is an Ibanez Edge.
For more information about the guitar, visit Ibanez.com! Check back in the coming days for details on how you can win one of these guitars!