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.
As I write this letter, I’m on a plane flying home after just having played our final and 96th show of “The Story of Light Tour”. I say final, but that’s just for now.
It feels appropriate to say that this tour was a revelatory experience for myself and the band. We have grown together in deep meaningful ways that the most brilliantly crafted words could never describe.
It’s been 5 years since my last solo tour and wasn’t sure how I would deliver, but I came to realize that with all of the various projects I engage in, the thing I do best and enjoy the most is performing. I have honestly never felt better, had more energy or been more expressive as on this tour. The goal on this tour was to get closer to the notes and continue to evolve the merging of the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of myself and the band’s expression.
My God it was glorious. The band and I are bursting with appreciation for having had this magnificent opportunity. Feeling the audience again was a reminder of what a great privilege and honor it is to be a performer. Playing the new tracks from “The Story of Light” was like having a new lease on life.
At this time I’m hunkering down for the next 5 months to compose music for a “Stravinsky Festival” that will take place in May 2013 in Holland. In June, we are looking at 10 or so dates in Europe with “The Evolution Orchestra”. Then for the rest of the year I am looking forward to taking the “Story of Light Band” back out to perform anyplace around the world we have missed. More details on all this to come.
To all of you who attended the shows and shared your time and support, participated in the EVO experience and those who have written such inspiring reviews of the show, I am deeply grateful.
Here’s wishing you all the Happiest of Holidays and a revelatory 2013.
Check out Steve’s “Ultra Guitar” that is currently being played on tour through this article on MusicRadar.com. The design of the guitar is based on the Aaron Brown’s illustration for Vai’s 1999 album, The Ultra Zone, which depicts an “alien Steve” playing a futuristic-looking axe. The guitar is designed by Alistair Hay of Ireland.