New Music Video for “Teeth of the Hydra”
GOLD CHROME BLACK SHERPA-LINED ZIP-UP SWEATSHIRT
Virtual Trunk Nation with Steve, Joe and Eric Johnson
Inviolate Vinyl Released Today
Inviolate European Tour announced!
Vaideology Music Book
Inviolate out today!
US 2022 Inviolate Tour postponed!
Happy happy merry merry!
“Inviolate” – pre-order now!
Vai Academy 6.0
Inviolate Tour 2022
Patreon is live!
Alien Guitar Secrets 9, 12 noon PST
New song “Knappsack” is out now!
Steve to perform with Living Colour
DiMarzio & The Green Meanie
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Exclusive Live Stream Interview with Legendary Guitar Virtuoso Steve Vai
Birthday Stream! Alien Guitar Secrets Epsiode 8, June 6th
Facebook Live Sessions
Live Alien Guitar Secrets And Under It All on Facebook!
Steve’s Guitar Collection
Happy Birthday Thomas!
Extraordinary Families has changed the lives of more than 2,000 children in foster care. Together, for 25 years, we’ve written powerful success stories like this…
Chris and Jordan started their journey to parenthood after 11 years of marriage. Agreeing to foster one child, the universe had other plans for them. After receiving a call about two young boys, Joey and Jonathan, they knew they had enough love to welcome both brothers into their home. While preparing for their adoption a year later, they learned that the boys had a baby sister, Samantha, who also needed care. Surprising even themselves, they immediately said yes to keeping the siblings together. All three now share their “gotcha” day on December 5 when they became a forever family!
"Having children opened up a chamber of our hearts that we never knew existed. We couldn’t imagine our family any other way.”
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Our Year-End Campaign goal is simple. We want to provide homes for 200 children and youth in foster care in 2020. To reach this ambitious goal, we ask you to join us and make a contribution today.
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STEVE VAI: An Earth Dweller’s Return
Stillness in Motion Blu-Ray out today
Recording update 3.3.19
Update March 27
I’ve written a comprehensive music theory book for guitar players. It’s called “Vaideology: Basic Music Theory for Guitar Players” and it contains all the basic, and some very advanced, music theory that can stand as a powerful foundation for a lifetime of understanding the language of music. You can purchase it at SteveVaiStore.com.
Piano Reductions Vol II
Piano Reductions Vol II continues the tradition of inspired solo piano performances of songs from my catalog. This Volume is performed by the truly amazing virtuoso Miho Arai. She has delicately, and at times tremendously aggressively delivered these performances with focus and passion. Enjoy. https://www.vai.com/pianoreductionsvol2
An Invitation from Steve Vai
Final Jamathon Auctions
When I started doodling with art, I decided to paint a few Jem bodies and the colorful guitar I used in the “Dark Mater” video was one of them.
I’ve painted 4 guitar bodies so far. Two were Ibanez Strat style guitars I did some years ago for the “Experience Hendrix” tour.
One of them, “Girly”, is used quite a bit on tour these days. It’s tuned down a whole step so I use it on songs like “Gravity Storm", and "John the Revelator".
The other one is “Cherry Blossoms” and was raffled off on the Story of Light tour for charity. Someone won it for a dollar, but we raised about $15k for the “Make A Noise Foundation”.S. Also shown below is the guitar used in the Dark Matter video, and another Jem called "Be With the Note". [foogallery id="21970"]
Dark Matter Official Music Video
Big Mama-Jama Jamathon Auction Updated.
Hey Folks, Steve here. THANK YOU to all who played, donated, and made the first ever Big Mama-Jama Jamathon such a huge success! The amount of amazing donations from incredible artists from all over the world has exceeded our expectations! And because of the amount of items donated, including a few recent additions, we are extending the auction through to Sunday, October 14 at 8pm pst! Go to http://hyperurl.co/JamathonAuction to see what you can bid on and win now! All proceeds benefit the amazing charity Extraordinary Families.
We are also running a Pledge campaign that contains Branded Jamathon Merchandise, audio recordings from the event, some of my signed guitars, and other things we know you might be interested in. To check it out please visit http://hyperurl.co/JamathonPledge
Steve jams on Good Day LA, talks Big Mama Jama Jamathon
Spotlight 2005 rebroadcast by Co de Kloet
This Sunday September 16th, Co de Kloet will re-broadcast his one hour SPOTLIGHT broadcast with Steve.
Original airdate: August 12 , 2005 on Radio 4 in his show 4FM
With music by Leonard Bernstein, Igor Strawinsky, Tom Waits, Frank Zappa, Jimmy Page and Steve.
Yet another Steve-Co-operation
The radio show will start at 19:00 local Dutch Time (CEST). You can listen in online via the NPO Radio 2 website by clicking on the button "Luister Live". From Monday 17 September onwards, the show is downloadable as podcast via Itunes.
Special Guests announced for the Jamathon
STEVE VAI ANNOUNCES FIRST ROUND OF GUESTS PERFORMING AT
“THE BIG MAMA-JAMA JAMATHON” IN LOS ANGELES SEPT. 28-30th
WHERE THE MUSIC WON’T STOP FOR 52 CONSECUTIVE HOURS
Dave Navarro, Moby, Dweezil Zappa, Al Di Meola, Steve Morse, Lee Ritenour, and Andy Vargas and Souleros Among The First To Commit To Performing At The Event
The Big Mama-Jama Jamathon Pledge Campaign.
Webstore: Labor Day Sale. 20% to 40% off.
- 20% off any purchase
- 30% off orders over $60
- 40% off orders over $120
Some items are excluded.
STEVE VAI ANNOUNCES “THE BIG MAMA JAMA JAM-A-THON,” SEPT. 28-30
Steve to perform with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra
The ASO is thrilled to perform with guitarist, composer, and producer Steve Vai, who “has awed fans of all genres with his exceptional guitar skills and musicianship.” Carlos Izcaray calls Vai, “...the Paganini of electric guitar, an artist whose total mastery of the instrument has redefined his craft. His visionary approach transcends any musical genre, and it provides a sound world with infinite possibilities, one that matches perfectly with a full symphony orchestra.”Tickets will go on sale on August 7th. Please stay tuned on Vai.com for ticket links. Below is the press release for this special event: Alabama Symphony Orchestra Presents: Steve Vai (Birmingham, AL) – The Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents a collaboration with virtuoso guitarist and Grammy award winner Steve Vai on November 2, 2018. The ASO is thrilled to perform with Grammy Award winning guitarist, composer, and producer Steve Vai, who has awed fans of all genres with his exceptional guitar skills and musicianship for decades. The 2016 Long Island Music Hall of Fame inductee was voted the 10th “Greatest Guitarist” by Guitar World magazine and consistently lands among the best in various lists of the top guitarists of all time. Carlos Izcaray, ASO Music Director, says, “Steve Vai is the Paganini of electric guitar, an artist whose total mastery of the instrument has redefined his craft. His visionary approach transcends any musical genre, and it provides a sound world with infinite possibilities, one that matches perfectly with a full symphony orchestra.” This program is a special event of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 Season. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 9:30am and start at $25. Discounts are available for groups. To purchase tickets, visit us online at alabamasymphony.org, in person at 1200 10th Ave. South, Birmingham, or call 205.975.2787 About the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Since its founding in 1921, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra has grown to become the state’s premier performing arts organization and only full-time professional orchestra. The ASO inspires, entertains, and provides vital programming to the residents of the state, serving nearly 100,000 people yearly throughout Alabama through concert series, youth programs, and educational and community engagement efforts to fulfill our mission of changing lives through music. The ASO works to produce creative, dynamic programming and to be recognized as an artistically innovative leader in the field. About Steve Vai Steve Vai is a virtuoso guitarist, visionary composer, and consummate producer who sculpts musical sound with infinite creativity and technical mastery. Vai has awed fans of all genres with his exceptional guitar skills and musicianship for decades. At age 12, he started taking guitar lessons from Joe Satriani. At 18, he began his professional music career transcribing for, and then playing with, the legendary Frank Zappa. More than three decades, over 15 million in album sales, and three GRAMMY Awards later, Vai has proven himself, in his own right, to be one of music’s true originals. Vai’s work has been recognized with a long list of awards and honors, including over 15 from Guitar Player magazine alone. His career accomplishments have earned him honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and Musicians Institute. The 2016 Long Island Music Hall of Fame inductee was voted the 10th “Greatest Guitarist” by Guitar World magazine and consistently lands among the best in various lists of the top guitarists of all time. In 2012, the TEC Foundation honored him with the prestigious Les Paul Award, created in 1991 to salute those who have set the highest standard of excellence in the creative application of technology. Past winners of the Les Paul Award include Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Herbie Hancock, Steely Dan, and Bob Clearmountain. In bestowing it on Vai, TEC noted, “Steve Vai’s sheer breathtaking facility on the guitar is acclaimed in the rock world and beyond...Vai has dedicated his talents to creatively advance the language of music. While many artists fit easily into a single category, Steve Vai remains unclassifiable. He is a musical alchemist of the highest order.” Vai has toured the world as a solo artist, as a member of G3, and with Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth (just after Roth left Van Halen), Alcatrazz, and Whitesnake—at the peak of its popularity. Vai’s full discography encompasses more than 60 albums, including many with Zappa, others from stints with Roth and Whitesnake, as well as live releases, collaborations, compilations, and orchestral works. Highlights include 1990’s groundbreaking Passion and Warfare, and 2007’s Sound Theories Vol. 1 & 2, performed with the Netherlands’ Metropole Orkest. Vai’s other orchestral compositions include “The Middle of Everywhere,” which had its world premiere in 2011 with the Noord Nederlands Orkest. The orchestra’s director, Marcel Mandos, said of Vai’s work, “Steve Vai’s music can easily compete with that of famous contemporary composers.” As an accomplished audio producer, Vai has written, produced, and engineered all of his solo albums, and released many via Favored Nations Entertainment, his own independent record label that has also released over 70 albums by legendary musicians such as Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Lukather, Eric Johnson, Billy Sheehan, Larry Carlton and many more. For Vai, virtuosity and versatility are not mutually exclusive. He has created music for blockbuster films, bestselling video games, national sports franchises, and corporate brand initiatives. In 2012, Vai embarked on an epic three-year tour spanning 253 engagements (including shows, concerts with various orchestras, & master classes) in 52 countries in support of his 16th solo album release, the critically acclaimed The Story of Light. Upon signing a multi-recording agreement with SONY Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings in 2015, Vai released Stillness In Motion - Vai Live in L.A., a 2-CD set and 2-DVD set, internationally. The multi-album deal marked an SME homecoming for Vai, who set the gold and platinum standard for instrumental rock music across a series of albums released through Relativity and Epic Records from 1990’s game-changing Passion and Warfare (his second album and first major label release) through 2007’s orchestral Sound Theories, Vol. I & II. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of his landmark album, Passion and Warfare — highly regarded as one of the greatest instrumental rock guitar recordings of all time — Vai released Modern Primitive/Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition in 2016. The release, which included previously unreleased material, was celebrated by a very special 100+ date world tour in which he performed the entire Passion and Warfare record live from top to bottom for the first time. Having conquered Europe and the U.S., the third leg of the Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour traveled to South America, Mexico, and Puerto Rico in May and June 2017. In addition to his solo tour work, Vai is known for his creative live performances with orchestras around the world and for projects such as Vai Academy (his annual guitar camp), Alien Guitar Secrets master classes, and Generation Axe — a unique combination of five fiercely talented guitar players in which he currently tours internationally with Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Abasi. Vai’s signature instruments include the Ibanez JEM guitar, which he designed in 1985 with first-of-its-kind features including the floating tremolo and the monkey grip. The JEM is now one of the longest running, most successful signature series guitars in history, and for over a decade its sister model—the RG—is second in worldwide sales only to the Fender Stratocaster. Also for Ibanez, Vai designed “The Universe,” the first commercial 7-string electric guitar. This instrument inspired a revolutionary metal subculture that started in the mid ’90s. Among his many other innovative collaborations with equipment manufacturers, he designed the Steve Vai Legacy V3 series of all-tube amplifiers with Carvin Corporation. In the film realm, Vai has credits including Executive Producer for the acclaimed 2008 Hank Garland biopic Crazy, in which he also appears as Hank Williams. In the 1986 movie Crossroads, inspired by the legend of blues icon Robert Johnson, Vai appears as Jack Butler—“the devil's guitarist”—and collaborated with Ry Cooder on the music scenes. In 1998, Vai established (with Ruta Sepetys) the Make a Noise Foundation to provide instruments and music education to young musicians without means. “Music educates the whole person as an integrated individual. It educates the mind, the senses, and the emotions,” says Vai. “Those interested in music should not have to sacrifice their ability to develop important skills and express emotions due to limited financial resources.”
Steve Vai and Tapiola Sinfonietta, Lauri Porra Flyover Ensamble
US Generation Axe tour 2018
In Memory of Joe “Jem” Despagni
When I was growing up with Joe Despagni, there was a small group of us (maybe 3-4 at times) that were ultra close. One of those folks, a very very dear friend, had written this insightful reminiscent of Joe and she and I agreed to post it here for those who were interested in getting a little deeper view of what our good buddy Joe was about. Enjoy!Remembering JOE DESPAGNI The first time my mother met Joe he had come by when I wasn't home. When I got home my mother said, "This black thing with chains came to the door asking for you?!!!” I knew it was Joe. Joe was a great driver. Joe always stopped whatever he was doing (drinking) to drive me home so my father wouldn't kill me. He'd be drunk but his driving was always impeccable. We drove around a lot. SO MUCH FUN JUST DRIVING AROUND. Joe would drop me off around the corner from my house when we were on his bike. My father hated motorcycles. It was funny! I'd walk in and my father would sometimes ask "Were you on a motorcycle? I heard a motorcycle!!" I'd tell him it was a Volkswagen. Pop never figured out how the different engines sounded, but I can still tell em apart to date! Us in the Impala doing doughnuts in parking lots after it snowed. Joe taught me how to turn into a spin out on snow in a parking lot. Inviting kids to bumper hitch while driving down the main drag of Carle Place - sent one kid head first into a snow bank. HA Drinking outside during the winter when we were underage, Joe would only wear one glove - on his beer-holding hand. The layers of tee shirt, cut-off denim jacket, then black leather jacket. Joe had the quintessential biker look. BLACK BOOTS. Joe actually tried to teach me how to drink beer in the bus parking lot at Rushmore. He was inspiring. I had trouble with the bubbles but wanted to drink with him very much. Joe doing a beer shooter at the Beverage Barn then kind of barfing with beer foam coming out his nose. HA Singing with Joe - lots of Zappa. Going to Joe's house where his sweet mom would always make us the best coffee (instant, I think, with cream) and feed us great her great cooking. Joe so drunk and falling down that some guys wedged him between two telephone poles outside the Carvel ice cream store where I worked. Joe and I riding on the 74 police special he bought from Roger, in the middle of winter. Me wearing my mother's old beaver coat and old, round sunglasses. Joe in biker layers of denim and leather. Wish I had a picture of that... Meeting up at Steve's. Singing notes under Steve's direction to help him with what he was composing. Going out, sans Steve, to party till like 4 am, then back to Steve's where he'd still be playing guitar. Ran out of gas far from home; kinda lost, like 2 am, in a creepy place, I think in front of a cemetery. Joe and Cheech went off to get gas and came back for Steve and I in a cop car. The cop was not happy to have us but agreed to drive us over to a gas station. I was scared shitless, sitting in the front seat. Joe's in the back seat and in a very innocent voice he says something like " Wow, I've never been in the back seat of a cop car before!" SO HILARIOUS. I remember the excruciation of sitting next to the cop trying not to laugh and get more trouble! Left my denim jacket in Joe's car one night. He returned it to me with a drawing he had made all over the back. I was kinda pissed. I still have that jacket: Driving around, setting up, standing around at Rayge concerts with Joe. ROCK PUB (PIT). Battle of the Bands! Some weird bar at Roosevelt Field - BEEF(Y) BARN! I drank too much and ended up puking in the parking lot outside the Beefy Barn while Joe held my hair. Sitting on amps outside bars after shows, guarding the band's gear, waiting for Joe to show up with the van. One time Joe completely took apart Wally Williams' Volkswagen "Thing" in the parking lot of CPHS while the rest of us were in class. Joe was so smart but did not like going to school. Joe riding by the front of CPHS, standing on top of his bike doing the iron cross. Joe was kind of everywhere in Carle Place. I could always see him. HE STUCK OUT in a glorious way. Plus, since he didn't like to go to high school much, he always seemed to be nearby waiting for us to get out. Joe driving up in his car. Driving up on his bike, giving it a little pop of gas to make the engine growl before switching it off. So stylish and well performed - BIKER STYLE. Joe always seemed to be around. Easy to find. Easy to see: - Joe driving up smiling - Joe in front of O’Hara’s smoking and holding a beer - Joe patrolling inside and outside of bars and parties. I SAW HIM EVERYWHERE. I could find Joe 24/7. It was cool and fortunate. I think too, he was always looking for me... Drinking Long Island Ice Teas (first and last time) with Joe at the restaurant Marion worked at, then going to another bar somewhere on the South shore for more. So drunk. Came back to my house (parents weren't around?), had bad sloppy sex and in the process broke my bed! Joe talking about making guitars with such love. I remember the sparkle in his eyes, the joy in his voice, as he explained in detail how he'd set up a tank and was doing an old Florentine technique to make the marbleized paint look on guitars. So proud when Joe sent me his JEM Guitars catalogue. So proud of his talent. Hope I still have that catalogue. Can't find it. Shit. Joe was so proud and in endless love with his daughter, Melissa. I think his relationship with Melissa's mom was not working out, but he never said anything bad about her. JUST focused on how he loved Melissa. So proud was Joe of Steve. He would just glow talking about Steve. Joe did good Zippo tricks. He gave me a Zippo. I still have it. Joe chain smoked beautifully. Like a poet gangster. Going to Jack-in-the-Box at four in the morning, all of us with our jackets on inside out and backwards to disturb the cashier, getting and eating a million "dogmeat" tacos. Getting great hot semolina bread from the bakery next to O'Hara's at four in the morning, stuffing loaves with sticks of butter, eating mass quantities. So fun and tasty to put on top of beer. Joe reporting on going to jail: "It was cool - I knew so many people there!" Joe smiling, admitting he'd lost most of his teeth to speed and fist fights. Joe standing around so serious, so proud, watching Steve play in Rayge. Rayge playing a CPHS dance. Drank quarts of Colt 45 in the bushes outside. Came in to Rayge playing BAD COMPANY. Me so thrilled to see my friends being a badass rock and roll BAND! Joe patrolling the scene, so proud! The fireworks went wrong and nearly blew us all up. Joe talking about Melissa with so much love. Joe biting a shot glass on a bet at the ROCK PUB. Fights. Drunken fights. Me standing on top of the cigarette machine at the Rock Pub watching all below me in a big fist fight! Joe in the middle of it all. So many fuzzy high nights following Rayge around. Joe serious about sound and lights. DRINKING SMOKING I remember the honor of being the DRINK supplier from the BAR to the BAND at the BEEFY BARN. Such power! Standing next to Joe while he adjusted the soundboard. WE RULED the bar! The world was so funny. Battle of the Bands. Who was Rayge battling? WE ALWAYS WON as far as we were concerned. Joe & Co. doing drunken kick line dancing to Born to be Wild. We were ROCKERS. Very anti-Disco - NO dancing - except when Born to be Wild came on. Then everybody would cut loose and go insane. THAT song was our Pledge of Allegiance. Sitting in diners after the bars closed, eating breakfast before going home. Joe took a lot of shit for being fat. Joe was always so kind, supportive loving towards everybody. And he never fought back when they put him down. Made me sad. JOE HAD BEAUTIFUL EYES & BEAUTIFUL HAIR and such style - I always loved the way he looked. His eyes sparkled and laughed a lot. His hair was mostly kept in a long black, then grey, then white braid. I occasionally braided his hair. It was beautiful. We all developed a collective sense of humor laced with inside jokes, phrases, code that we cultivated, curated and enjoyed a lot. My sense of humor was honed talking with Joe and Steve and Cheech. ALL such smart, curious, inventive, imaginative guys. They'd almost compete to be funny. WHAT a pleasure. What great good fortune to hang out with my best friends. I always wished I was a guy. All the females would hang out together, go together to parties and bars, where they would hook up with the guy groups. I would show up all the time with Joe/Steve/Cheech. They never seemed to notice or care that I was a weirdo girl who didn't have much rapport with the other females. They didn’t hold my gender against me. Made me feel special to not just be T&A to those guys. Joe and Steve and Cheech excitedly discussing some kind of guitar trick or figuring out how to play other people's guitar licks. We were misfits but we got away with it. I think greater CP let us be for a few reasons: - JOE was hilarious FUN - STEVE was a great rock guitarist - CHEECH was stealthy and a clever troubleshooter. Mostly though: ROGER VAI would kill anyone who touched us and ALL KNEW IT. Steve driving an ice cream truck, Joe in the jump seat shouting "Wheelie Time!" as we bounced around the backyard of some rich chick's house on the North shore at a CRAZY PARTY. We were all such happy derelicts. My father told me one day there was a kind of impromptu parade going down the street (maybe 4th of July...). Joe was in a convertible surrounded by gnarly bikers, drinking and smoking and the usual rowdy shit. Joe apparently saw my father, stopped everything and greeted him very politely in the middle of all the mayhem. Thrilled and impressed the hell out of my dad. Many warm, comfortable time sitting in Steve's den or bedroom. Steve with a guitar, Joe, me, Cheech and occasionally others. Talking serious, joking serious. Steve playing, us somehow very much participating with Steve's playing. Joe's phrasing and intonations were beautiful and fun to listen to. He had a way of coloring in what he was saying by how he said it. Lines he said come back to suddenly, out of nowhere - things he said decades ago! Too many, too deep in there to remember off the top, but I hereby commit writing them down when they show up going forward. Joe respected the people he felt were above him with sincerity. He seemed always proud to be us and he was kind to those who fell below us in the crazy hierarchy of our teenage years. HE LOOKED SO MEAN BIKER but he was SO KIND and EMPATHIC towards all. I so admired his generosity of spirit. One time I had a dream at around 16 years old. I was driving along the water when I was the silhouette of Joe on his bike at the end of a dock. I stopped, got out of the car and walked down the dock. There was Joe. He was really old, long white braid, kinda skeleton head. I was TERRIFIED. I asked him, "Joe what the fuck happened to you?!!" He replied, "It's like this Vic, you get old, you get ugly, then you die". With that, he revved the motor then drove straight off the dock. I woke up with a START! I never forgot. HE WAS RIGHT and eventually, when his braid was white, it would remind me of that dream... I always felt safe with Joe, no matter what kind of crazy shit we got into. HE WAS SO LOYAL. I felt sure he would protect me. DIE for me. I learned loyalty from Joe and Steve's relationship. I'm not sure if I have ever know more loyalty, allegiance, alliance than we had between us in those days... Joe went to visit his parents in FLA and ended up staying there and taking care of them until they died. He did it with empathy and good humor. He easily adapted to FLA, found old friends and new ones to party with - I was amazed. He described pretty horrible care giving situations without fear, rancor or complaint. WE WOULD END UP LAUGHING no matter what was going on. When his parents died, Joe just stayed there. FLA seemed to suit him. He/We talked about him moving to California a bunch of times but it never happened... He would call me up and tell me of all his ups and downs and the saga of his DRINKIN SMOKIN GETTING IN TROUBLE lifestyle. Once he told me he landed in jail and was amazed at how many of his friends were there too! Joe came to visit me in San Pablo in around 2005. It was the last time I saw him. We drank and smoked. I took him to the local biker bar. He was immediately one of them. I left to walk my dog, came back to get him. HE WAS DRUNK and with all his friends as if they had always been together. Joe sat in my kitchen and cooked while I went to work. He made the BEST eggplant parm I have ever had. He taught me to make an oregano chicken dish. HE WAS AN EXCELLENT COOK! Also on that visit Joe did a thing I haven't mentioned so far which is get super DRUNK and OBNOXIOUS! He had the capacity to get relentlessly OBNOXIOUS when drunk sometimes. This time he got my BIG PIT BULL dog upset enough I became afraid. He was falling down (literally) drunk and my dog was starting to get defensive of me cuz of the way Joe was acting. I ended up locking myself and the dog in my room. NOT A GOOD MEMORY... One time I was mad a Joe (likely for for being drunk and obnoxious to me) and turned down the opportunity to go with him to see LED ZEPPELIN at Madison Square Gardens. Aaaaaaaaahhhhh! Joe always remembered my birthday. I think his was December 5th, but I was never any good at birthdays. One time Joe borrowed his uncle's (?) limo, picked me up and drove me around town for my birthday. He played chauffer while I sat in the back acting rich and famous. I felt so special and important. It was a wonderful present I thought Harleys were cool but poorly built unreliable motorcycles. Joe explained to me it wasn't the bikes, it was the dumbass guys who took them apart all winter to "fix" them that fucked them up and made HDs unreliable. HA It bugged me out how self-destructive Joe could be. He would hurt himself and it would piss me off. At times it seemed like the world was shitty to him and he would take it out on himself. I now notice I did/do the same thing, albeit less with liquor and more with cheese. I think we connected as misfits. All of us: Joe, Steve, Cheech and me. WE FIT TOGETHER VERY WELL and it steeled me against the pain of being different. I liked to draw but my father always told me I sucked at it, which made me feel horrible. In my twenties, I did a series of flower/moon drawings and gave them all away. I gave one to Joe. He told me several times how he thought it was beautiful and he would keep it forever. THAT MADE ME SO HAPPY. We all liked being smart and derelict. Joe liked being derelict more than the rest of us... I felt loved by Joe. He showed a lot of love easily. Generous with his heart. RIP, Doe.
AGS Tour recap
Pia and I just returned from a fabulous “Alien Guitar Secrets” master class tour in Europe.
I got to visit some places I have never been and met some wonderful folks along the way.
I so much enjoy doing these little tours and would like to thank all the fine people that attended the classes.
A special shout out to my good buddy Riccardo Cappelli who organized the trip and had us laughing virtually the whole time.
We were in :
Oslo Norway, Helsinki Finland, Zoetermeer Netherlands, Guilford UK, Madrid Spain, Luxembourg, Malta, Athens Greece, Isola Del Liri Italy and Tel Aviv Israel[foogallery id="21835"]
One other bit of cool news. Some time ago, The Hard Rock Cafe acquired my 1946 Harley Davidson Knuckle Head motorcycle and it’s on display in their Daytona location. I loved that motorcycle and put a lot of miles on it back in the 90’s and now it’s so nice to see it in a place where more people could enjoy it than when it was sitting in my garage!
NTR Radio & podcast interview with Steve
This Sunday, March 18th , Mr. Vai & Co de Kloet will discuss the creation of Pink & Blows Over in Co Live!
Co will also air the Complete Version so it turns into yet another SV Special at NTR!
It will air at 20.00 hrs Local Dutch Time (12:00 PDT, 15:00 EDT) on NTR Radio and is released right after the broadcast as a podcast.
Download this, and all the other Co Live! podcasts right here.
Send Co an email about this: the first 15 emails receive a free limited edition Co Live! CD
STARMUS IV: “LIFE AND THE UNIVERSE” 2017
Starmus IV, is a festival that gathers together some of the most intelligent, creative and artistic minds on the planet for 6 days of lectures, panel discussions, and concerts.
Astronomers, Astronauts, Cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, musicians, artists, biologists etc. who have made significant strides in their fields come together to share interests and ideas about our origin and evolution, the human brain, society, technology and global issues in our world and the Universe in general.
This year’s programs opened with a fascinating conversations between two of the last surviving lunar astronauts from the historic Apollo mission, Charlie Duke and Harrison Schmitt. It also included such diverse people as Oscar winning filmmaker Oliver Stone, Larry King, economist Jeffery Sachs, and 11 Nobel laureates from across the globe discussed The Role of Science in the 21st Century. There has never, in the history of festivals, been so many Nobel Prize winners taking part in one panel discussion. The line up was: Edvard Moser, Adam Riess, Chris Pissarides, Finn Kydland, George Smoot, May-Britt Moser, Robert Wilson, Stefan W. Hell, Susumu Tonegawa and Torsten Wiesel. Carlos Moedas, the EC Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, opened the debate with a keynote address.
Stephen Hawking was scheduled to appear and give the keynote speech on “The Future of Humanity” but unfortunately had to cancel at the last minute. But he did deliver his keynote speech via SKYPE.
This year introduced the second Stephen Hawking Medal Ceremony and this was accompanied by various musical performances, and this is where I came in.
Brian May, one of my all time guitar heroes, is part of the founding team of Starmus and for the first 3 festivals he was able to attend and contribute with performances and talks. This year he was on tour with Queen and he and the other festival founders reached out to me to put together some performances for the festival.
Of course I saw this as a great honor and opportunity to meet with some fascinating people. I was also excited to get a chance to spend some time in Norway. The phrase “Clean and Green” comes to mind.
The festival was scheduled for June 17-23. My wife (Pia) and I arrived on Saturday the 17th .
One of the perks of having the responsibility of pulling together a few of the musical segments of the festival was the opportunity to invite some special guests. Being that Nuno Bettencourt and Brian May are such close friends, and Nuno and I are like brothers, he was an obvious invite.
Devin Townsend and Grace Potter, who both have great interest in the sciences, reached out to the festival and were invited to participate too.
Sunday the 18th : I gave a speech entitled “Creative Manifestations” that can be viewed here.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7MV-RBeVnc
That night there was a dinner with all the various attendees invited and we had an opportunity to meet many of these brilliant minds. Even thought the collective IQ among the guests was perhaps in the millions, these folks were very down to Earth, interesting, interested and just charming.
Monday the 19th: This was rehearsal day with the Trondheim orchestra. The orchestra was scheduled to perform a piece by Phillip Glass “Icarus at the Edge of Time” (narrated by Brian Greene) and two pieces by a lovely Norwegian artist named Ane Brune.
Originally I was going to do an orchestra arrangement for “The Moon and I” and have Grace Potter sing it. We did a re-edit on the video that was used in “The Space Between The Notes”, but the vocal range was a little low for her. She did some research and realized that Stephen Hawking’s favorite song was Rod Stewarts version of “Have I Told You Lately” so we thought it would be very special if she did a performance of the song with the orchestra, and it worked out fantastic.
Up Next was Devin. It’s no secret that he is one of my favorite artists and it was great to get to spend some time with him this week. He’s still as funny as ever, and BUFF! When He was first invited to the festival I wanted to figure out a way to get him a performance with the orchestra and his song “Truth” is about as close to the voice of God in metal music that I have ever heard, so we decided that would be the piece we played with the orchestra and it was about as epic as one could imagine.
Then we rehearsed “For the Love of God” with the Orchestra” and lucky for us all, the Trondheim orchestra is a good one and can read music well. I wanted to figure out a way to end the show with all and somehow include Brian May in it, who was not there.
In 1991 I performed at “Guitar Legends” in Seville Spain and it was the premier of the performance of the song “Liberty” and Brian and Joe Satch played on it doing the beautiful harmonies so I thought it would be cool to end the show with Brian on the screen from the Seville performance and myself, Nuno and Devin on melody guitars. It was exceptional.
After rehearsal, Pia, Devin, Marty Schwartz, Nuno and myself all went out to dinner. One of the odd things about Norway at this time of the year is the sun actually never fully sets. It drops down below the horizon for an hour or so, which creates a very long and beautiful sunset, and then rises again shortly after midnight or so. So you can be out until 4am and think it’s still 7pm. Pretty dangerous!
Tuesday the 20th.
This was a big day. It started with a 9am run through of all the tracks with the orchestra. The Stephen Hawking medal Ceremony took place at around 4pm and the concert started at around 5pm.
The entire event was stupendous and the orchestra and guest artists all delivered beautifully. But that night we had rock band rehearsals for the concert the next day. Directly after the concert Pia and I were invited to a private dinner at the royal palace with the Prince and Princess of Norway and the speakers at the festival. Yup! I can’t believe these things happen to us.
This was a trip. It was a very formal event and I almost pulled out because I did not even have time to change my cloths after the show but they said, “No problem, you’re a rock star. You can get away with what you’re wearing”. I didn’t want to be disrespectful but I also didn’t want to miss this event so I went wearing my stage cloths. I guess the rest of the black tie guests didn’t get the rock star attire memo, ha.
But the Prince and Princess didn’t seem disturbed about it. As a matter of fact they were as charming and royal as one could imagine.
The dinner at the palace was quite surreal and was a great opportunity to mingle with some tremendously interesting people. One of the guys I got to talk quite a bit with was Adam Riess who won the Noble Prize for discovering that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating.
I unfortunately had to leave early, which is quite rude when you’re invited to a royal palace, but the band was waiting to rehearse and it was getting very late. I caught the eye of the prince and mouthed “thank you”. To my surprise he got up out of his seat and came over to me and walked us out. While walking he said, “Weren’t you in that movie Crossroads? When I was a young boy learning the guitar that movie was a big inspiration to me”.
I told him it was me and if he would like we could change places for a few days just for kicks. (You guys would love it if I did something like that wouldn’t you).
So back to rehearsal for the rock show. I wanted the show to have my band performing for about 1 or so hours and then the guests.
For the guest segment Nuno came out first and did an unbelievable version of his solo acoustic track “Midnight Express”. I’m always fascinated with the way he plays that song. Then Grace Potter came out and they did a truly lovely version of “More Than Words”. Then we did one of Grace’s songs “Stars”.
She is just something else folks. I highly recommend checking her out.
Next up was Heavy Devie. I wanted to do one of his tracks that has a female voice on it and we picked “Super Crush”. Devin is such an exotic bird. I don’t know anyone who can write so heavy and so beautifully melodic. I never get a chance to play this kind of chugga-chugga guitar pounding and man did I enjoy it. It’s got a fat eight-note laid back pocket that gives a new dimension to Djent! And both Devin and Grace sang gorgeously together.
And then something that hasn’t happened for 25 years, Devin and I did a track from “Sex and Religion”… “Here and Now”. It was really good to hook up that way with him again and hear his voice and feel his energy.
After all my obligations were done, Pia, myself and one of our best friends, Marty Schwartz, hung out for a few more days and really got a chance to check out the charming little town of Trondheim and take in the little walking streets, lovely eateries, canals, and of course all the inspiring talks that these scientific giants were giving for the final 2 days.
The last event was the night of Friday the 23rd when all the remaining speakers attended an exclusive black tie dinner at the hotel’s ballroom.
By that time it seemed like we were all good friends. There was a lot of mutual appreciation, admiration and love in the room. We sat next to one of the bankers that helped fund the event, (and his lovely wife), Also the mayor of the providence, (who turned me onto a traditional type of Norwegian music called “Joik”). We also were sitting with the absolutely remarkable Dr. Sandra Magnus who is the Executive director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. She’s an astronaut. To hear her speak about what it was like to live in space and to see the Earth from the view from the heavens was mesmerizing.
Her and I had an opportunity to get pretty philosophical too, and even broche the spiritual dimension, which is relatively taboo in the scientific community.
I got to bond a bit with May-Britt Moser who is a Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the Center for Neural Computations at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. She is a Nobel prize winner and one of the most endearing, warmest and lovable people you could ever hear speaking passionately about their work.
Rubbed shoulders a bit with Neil deGrasse Tyson, and was very moved by Torsten Nils Wiesel who is a Nobel prize Swedish neurophysiologist. He was in a panel discussion with Larry King moderating. Oh, and he’s 94 years old and hard to keep up with.
There were so many engaging and brilliant speakers, but just as if you were to hang out with one of your guitar heroes for a while, the fascination of their achievements takes a back seat to the quality of person that is there. And I’m happy to report that every person I met, even the cute couple that was helping to book our transportation, to the doormen, to the geniuses that are discovering exo-planets, alternative Universes, Black Holes, and alien life in the Universe, were all unassuming and delightful.
All in all this was one of the most extraordinary events Pia and I have ever taken part in. I did say, I can’t believe such cool things happen to us.
And that was the last show of the tour and now I’m going home and burying myself in the studio until I feel like I have something special for you. So goodnight for now my friends. See you when I wake up from my studio slumber.[foogallery id="21902"]
Alien Guitar Secrets Masterclasses 2018
March 10th – Larvik (Norway) – Larvik Gitar Festival (sold out) - http://www.larvikgitarfestival.com/
March 12th – Espoo (Finland) – Sellosali – 7.00 pm - tickets
March 13th – Zoetermeer (Netherlands) – De Boerderij – 8.00 pm - tickets Yasi Hofer will open for this class.
March 14th – Guildford (UK) – The Mandolay Hotel – 8.00 pm - tickets
March 17th – Esch sur Alzette (Luxembourg) – Rockhal – 8.00 pm - tickets
March 20th – Athens (Greece) – Athena Live – 7.00 pm - tickets
March 21st – Isola del Liri (FR) (Italy) – Cinema Teatro Mangoni – 8.30 pm - tickets
Seats are linited, so book yours quickly. See you there!
The show in Pune India on Dec 9, 2017 was magical as was the show on October 28th in Meghalaya. I usually wouldn’t travel to as far away a place as India for a one-off show, but I’ve always wanted to perform in India and myself and the band are ecstatic over the whole trip in general. Traveling through India is a unique experience itself, and it was such a nice surprise to see the legions of music loving fans who attended this festival.
Deep appreciation to all who worked so hard to put this show on, to all the bands that contributed to this amazing festival, to my band, crew and management… who in one week slept less than perhaps any other tour we ever embarked on, to the incomparable Mohini Dey who joined us on stage for a jam at both shows and totally tore it up, and especially to the fans for their incredibly warm support.
For us it was a perfect convergence. In my minds eye I can go back to that last show and look out over the connected audience, the beautiful evening air, the excellent sound that the stage offered, the feeling of the music flowing through us as a band and into the audience. When I do this, I find myself swooning in the delicious realm of pure appreciation.s. [foogallery id="21821"]
Photos by Vicram Chandrasekar
Zappa Hologram tour
A day doesn’t pass that I don’t think about Frank. Nothing could, or ever will take his place in the hearts of the fans, his family and the musicians that have toured with him and loved him... Nothing, and we all know that.
When I was invited to contribute to 3-4 shows of a potential Zappa hologram tour I thought… this could be odd, but another part of me felt this could also be pretty special too. To be on the stage playing his music again for the fans with some of his alumni, (many dear friends of mine) and to have his ghostly image residing over the proceedings was interesting and alluring enough for me to commit to helping kick off the tour.
Of course it’s not Frank, and I’m not 20 years old anymore, but I am very happy, and honored that I was invited to contribute to bringing the spirit of Frank and his eternal music, with this new technology, to those fans who connected so deeply with him. I felt the same way when I contributed to the ZPZ tour, and that was a fantastic experience.
I believe that the fans understand it’s just an image and that holographic technology has its limitations, but it is an evolution in technology and with an open mind it could be embraced for a worthwhile experience. I would want to attend this show if I heard about it. If a person can attend the show with their spirit of the love of Frank’s music at the forefront I believe it could be a very touching event for all involved.
It’s an opportunity to engage in a massive “nostalgic hernia” because for many of us, Frank’s “music is the best”.
Los Angeles CA
Steve Vai to headline the Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2017, Meghalaya, India
In year eight, Bacardi NH7 Weekender, India's largest multi-genre music festival heads to the gorgeous hills of Meghayala on October 27-28 and back to the city it calls home, Pune on December 8-10.
Head to the happiest music festival to catch amazing live performances by artists from India and around the world, a buzzing bazaar that'll bring you local finds and foods, inspiring (and Instagram-worthy) art installations, and more of that an unmistakable vibe! One great weekend, a lifetime of memories. Steve will be headlining this festival on October 27/28.
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STEVE VAI’S MODERN PRIMITIVE ALBUM NOW AVAILABLE
Modern Primitive, the stand alone release for the 7th installment of the Steve Vai Secret Jewel Box is now available! This stand alone release of Modern Primitive is a limited edition album and has been modified specifically for Vai's Secret Jewel Box, making this an instant collector's item for Vai fans around the world.
Modern Primitive is comprised of material that was written and partially recorded with Vai's band "The Classified" back in the early 80's. "The Classified" consisted of Tommy Mars on Keyboards, Chris Frazier on drums, Stu Hamm on bass and Sue Mathis on vocals and keyboards that he formed after his first solo record Flex-Able (1983) and prior to the writing and recording of the music on Vai's renowned, Passion and Warfare (1990). Vai completed the recording in 2016, 30 years after its inception. The album represents that missing link that exposes the colossal growth period between Flex-Able and Passion and Warfare.
Vai's Secret Jewel Box Set a deluxe 10"x6"x6" gloss black box, lined with red velvet. Hidden in a flap on the underside of the box in an exclusive CD interview with Steve specifically about the project. Much of the recordings contained in The Secret Jewel Box are comprised of various material from dozens of different records including guest appearances, film soundtracks, bonus tracks, a piano reduction CD, and a full CD comprised of choice tracks that Vai contributed to while working with Frank Zappa in the early 80's. All of the rare and essential Vai recordings that do not appear on his solo records are collected here, with many surprises for even the most hardcore collector. A limited run of 7,000 units of the box set was manufactured and sold out.
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Alien Guitar Secrets Masterclass in Mexico, 28th of May
Steve Vai to headline Starmus IV Festival in Norway, June 18 – 23
Malibu Guitar Festival 2017
Steve to perform at the #Acoustic-4-A-Cure on May 15th in San Fransisco
Now in its fourth year, Acoustic-4-A-Cure has quickly become one of the year’s hottest tickets, with legendary artists performing acoustic sets, epic collaborations and impromptu jams from the stages of intimate and storied San Francisco venues like The Fillmore. The benefit was created by Bay Area rock legends Sammy Hagar and James Hetfield, whose vision was to raise needed funds and awareness for the pediatric cancer research by throwing a must-see concert for fans and donating all of the proceeds to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. In past years, artists including John Mayer, Billie Joe Armstrong, Jerry Cantrell, Melissa Ethridge, Joe Satriani, Pat Monahan, Adam Sandler, Nancy Wilson, Linda Perry, Chad Smith, Vic Johnson, Tommy Lee and Kris Kristoferson have joined Hagar and Hetfield to rock the sold-out benefit concerts.
FRONT AND CENTER DEBUTS EPISODE FEATURING GUITAR LEGEND STEVE VAI
Steve Vai at Disney Concert Hall – March 11th, 2017
Mexico Los Pinos 2017
New Carvin Legacy Pre Amp available soon
American Youth Symphony performance at Disney Hall LA.
Front And Center performance airdates on PBS
Generation Axe Japan Tourdates
Ibanez Jem 30th Anniversary edition is here!
The Making of Woody
Hey Folks, Steve here.
Well, the Vai Academy 3.0 this year in Asilomar CA was truly epic. All of the folks that contributed put their best foot forward and raised the bar for all of us. The atmosphere was alive and vibrating with learning, creativity and enthusiasm.
We all made new friends and connected a lot of dots that will inevitably add to the quality of our musicality and life.
The guest clinicians, Carlos Alomar, Zakk Wylde and Al DiMeola, all delivered generously, inspirationally and humorously.
But perhaps my favorite part of the camp was when I had the opportunity to jam with any of the campers that were willing. I enjoyed focusing on them and their musical ideas and watching and listening to how those ideas manifested with the band.
My deepest appreciation and gratitude to all those who attended. We are looking very forward to the next camp that will probably happen around the same time net year (early January).
All the best to you for 2017 and beyond beyond.
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Steve Vai Describes Developing Dark Matter 2 Pickups with DiMarzio
And happiest of holidays to you all.
We just returned from a 103 show Passion and Warfare 25th anniversary tour that spanned Europe and USA.
It was an exceptional life adventure and myself and the band wanted to sincerely thank all of you that attended the shows.
I didn’t realize what an effect it would have on me to perform that whole record (PAW) from beginning to end.
It was an honor for all of us and we are still swooning from that peak experience.
When looking towards your 2017 I wish you all infinite freedom, expansion and joy. This is at the core of who we are.
Peace and love and good happiness stuff!
39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Broadcast on CBS
The 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Broadcast on CBS featuring Steve as part of the musical tribute to the Eagles, airs on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 9 p.m. EST / 8 p.m. CST on CBS-TV and CBS All Access.
The annual ceremony, which was hosted by The Late Show's own Stephen Colbert and attended by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Dec. 4, paid tribute to the 2016 honorees: pianist Martha Argerich, rock legends the Eagles, actor Al Pacino, gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples, and singer-songwriter James Taylor.
Here is a little preview:
Dec 4th show in San Antonio Canceled
New DiMarzio Dark Matter 2 Video
Update from the road – Note from Steve
Hey Folks, Steve here. We are on tour honoring the 25th anniversary release of PAW and we are having an amazing run. The band is just smoking! I’m taken back by such positive responses at the shows from the audience and I’m feeling a tremendous amount of appreciation in all aspects of this tour, especially performing all the songs and every note! It dawned on me at the beginning of this tour what incredible good fortune I have and when thinking back to the making of Passion and Warfare and the 25 year old Steve that was cooking it up, I remember the deep enthusiasm I was feeling during the whole process.
Now, 25-30 years later, (because I started working on the record close to 30 years ago) when I play these songs on stage I feel so much gratitude that I can be doing this 25 years later and there are people that are enjoying it.
We have a lot of nice surprises in store for 2017 and I’m looking forward to continuing to “Just go for it”.Peace and love and good happiness stuff, s
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We Are Not Afraid Campaign
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SENA European Guitar Award 2016
I was recently honored with the SENA European guitar award in Holland.
Holland has always held a special place in my heart and career. It’s here that my orchestral music was first performed as spearheaded by my dear friend Co de Kloet, (the creative catalyst at ZivaSound), and I’ve developed a family of reminds there.
The awards ceremony was touching. Many great young talents performed in my honor and the organizers of the event, including the mayor, were tremendously supportive. It was a great opportunity to hook up with one of my brothers from another life, Adrian Vandenberg. Although I haven’t seen him since the Whitesnake days, Adrian and I always had a connection and at this awards show we were able to bond even deeper than before.
At one point while I was sitting in the audience witnessing all this great honor being bestowed on me, I kind of woke up to what was happening and a deep profound feeling of Universal appreciation washed over me. I’m still stunned by all the good fortune that has graced my music career, and my life in general.
One might think that receiving an award like this is the goal, and yes, it’s very nice, but what I have discovered the real payoff is, is in the connections you make with all the people along the way and the feeling of fulfillment one has when exorcising their inner creativity. But every now and then someone taps you on the shoulder and says… “good job, and here’s a recognition that shows our appreciation for your contribution”. It’s humbling and enriching.
I am eternally grateful to those that contributed to this prestigious awards ceremony and deemed me worthy of it’s recognition.
s[foogallery id="21923"] A video of the event and interview are on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpNgfww5rpQ
Vicopisano 2016 – Keys to the City
After being welcomed in the Council Hall from the Mayor Juri Taglioli, the Vice-Mayor Matteo Ferrucci and the City administration, Steve Vai had asked to visit the historic center and the Brunelleschi’s fortress (Rocca). Professor Giovanni Fascetti and Ester Marinai guided us in this charming rediscovery of the Brunelleschian beauty, beginning from Palazzo Pretorio and ending on the top of the Fortress. The musician and his wife, walking in the burg (?), have been charmed from the Torre dell'Orologio (Clock Tower), the magnificence of the Fortress, the landscape and the Pisan Hills, expressing us few times the desire to come back soon and to happily be the “ambassadors” of our beauties.
Thanks to the Fehr family for the usual kindness, to the Gruppo Culturale Ippolito Rosellini for being once again so friendly and for the passion in taking care of the Rocca Complex and to the Niccolai family for sharing with us the enthusiasm for this talented guest!
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Exclusive Vai Academy Video featured on Guitar World
Steve Vai was Scintillating in Riverside
Vai Academy 2017 Schedule
The schedule for Vai Academy 2017 has been announced. This intensive 4 day camp, called "Passion and Technique" features Steve Vai, Zakk Wyldel Al Di Meola, Carlos Alomar, Stig Mathisen, Dave Weiner (official music page), Philip Bynoe, Jeremy Colson & Doug Doppler! You won't want to miss this one! To reserve your spot visit the vai academy website.
Vai Academy 3.0 Schedule Mon. Jan. 2 1:00PM-5:30PM - Arrival and Check In 5:30PM-7:00PM - Steve Vai Welcoming Remarks and Q&A 7:00PM-8:30PM - Dinner 8:30PM - Opening Night Concert followed by Camper Jamming with Steve Tues. Jan. 3 8:00AM-10:00AM - Breakfast 10:00AM-11:30AM - Steve Vai Master Class 11:30AM-1:00PM - Carlos Alomar Session 1:00PM-2:30PM - Lunch 2:30PM-4:00PM - Steve Vai and Carlos Alomar Joint Session- Lead and Rhythm 4:00PM-5:30PM - Breakout Sessions with Stig Mathisen and Doug Doppler 5:30PM-7:00PM - Free time to jam, practice, relax, check out presentations from our gear companies, or join Al DiMeola’s Session or the Play With Steve’s Band Session! (For the Play With Steve’s Band Sessions, we will be providing a list of 10 Steve Vai songs. Attendees can choose any one of these songs to play with Steve’s band. Limited to one song per person.) 7:00PM-8:30PM - Dinner 8:30PM - Concert followed by Camper Jamming with Steve Wed. Jan. 4 8:00AM-10:00AM - Breakfast 10:00AM-11:30AM - Steve Vai Master Class 11:30AM-1:00PM - Al DiMeola Session 1:00PM-2:30PM - Lunch 2:30PM-4:00PM - Group Photo followed by individual shots with instructors 4:00PM-5:30PM - Steve Vai and Al DiMeola Joint Session 5:30PM-7:00PM - Breakout Sessions with Zakk Wylde, Doug Doppler, and Stig Mathisen, or Play With Steve’s Band 7:00PM-8:30PM - Dinner 8:30PM - Concert followed by Camper Jamming with Steve Thurs. Jan. 5 8:00AM-10:00AM - Breakfast 10:00AM-11:30AM - Steve Vai Master Class 11:30AM-1:00PM - Zakk Wylde Session 1:00PM-4:00PM - Lunch with a chance to purchase merchandise and a signing session with the instructors! 4:00PM-5:30PM - Steve Vai and Zakk Wylde Joint Session 5:30PM-7:00PM - Free time to jam, practice, relax, check out presentations from our gear companies, or join either the Doug Doppler, Stig Mathisen, or Play With Steve’s Band Session 7:00PM-8:30PM - Dinner 8:30PM - Concert followed by Camper Jamming with Steve Fri. Jan. 6 8:00AM-10:00AM - Breakfast 11:30AM - Check Out
North America “Passion & Warfare 25th Anniversary” tour about to kick off
Steve to be inducted in the Long Island Music Hall of Fame
Today, the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) proudly announced their 2016 inductees - a diverse array of performers, groups, music industry leaders and venues that have made significant contributions to Long Island’s rich music history.
This years’ class of inductees includes legendary music executive Charles Koppelman, guitarist and composer Steve Vai, singer/songwriter Garland Jeffreys, film composer Carter Burwell, hip-hop performer Big Daddy Kane, legendary songwriters/instrumentalists Santo & Johnny, early jazz specialist/bandleader Vince Giordano, and Westbury Music Fair, now the NYCB Theater at Westbury. The LIMHoF will also present the 2016 Harry Chapin Award to Steven Van Zandt for his dedication to music education on Long Island and across the country. Additionally, LIMHoF honors the 2015 and 2016 Music Educators of Note -- Long Island public or private school educators who have demonstrated an exceptional and long-term commitment to music education, as well as Long Island music students.
All of the inductees were selected from LIMHoF’s evolving and growing list of involved people, artists, groups and entities that were born, raised, were founded, or have resided on Long Island for a significant portion of their career or existence.
On Thursday, November 3, 2016, the Sixth Induction Awards Ceremony and Fundraising Gala with a star-studded red carpet event will take place at The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Avenue, Westbury, New York.
In addition to tributes, performances and introductions by the class of inductees, the Induction Ceremony will host a variety of celebrity appearances, musical performances and visits from former inductees. Past attendees have included: Billy Joel, Lou Reed, LL Cool J, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Eddie Money, Joan Jett, Clive Davis, Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge, members of KISS, Paul Shaffer, Leslie West & Mountain, Roger Waters, Blue Oyster Cult, Taylor Dayne, Little Anthony, Laurie Anderson, Charlie Daniels, Al Kooper, Salt N Pepa, Vanilla Fudge, Alec Baldwin, the family of Aaron Copland, Public Enemy, members of Dream Theater, Ron Delsener, and many more.
"On behalf of myself and the entire Board of Directors of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, we are thrilled to have a new class of inductees join a long list of incredible people who have made their mark on the music industry”, said Joe Jankowski, Executive Director of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. “This Induction Ceremony is set to be one of our best yet and as always, we have quite a few surprises up our sleeves."
“I am very pleased that the Long Island Music Hall of Fame has chosen The Space at Westbury for its prestigious induction ceremony. We look forward to hosting this extraordinary event,” said Cyrus Hakakian, founder and owner of The Space at Westbury.
Discounted Pre-sale tickets will go on sale Tuesday September 13, 2016 at 11am, and end Friday, September 16, at 10am. General on-sale will then begin. General seating starts at $95 ($75 presale) and are available through Ticketmaster online at http://thespaceatwestbury.com. Premium VIP table seating and sponsorships are available, which includes an exclusive VIP Pre-Induction Awards Dinner Party, Performances, and Awards Ceremony.
Honorary citizenship Vicopisano for Steve
September 18th: Fiorano (Modena), Italy - Teatro Astoria - 7.00 pm - info: www.musicaafiorano.it
September 19th: San Giovanni alla Vena (Pisa), Italy - Blitz Live Music Pub - 9.30 pm - info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1742215382702093/
September 20th: Roma, Italy – Planet Live Club – 9.30 pm – info: http://www.planetliveclub.com/programma.htm
September 21st: Cagliari, Italy - Auditorium Comunale – info: https://www.facebook.com/events/295614800778230/
September 23rd: Foggia, Italy - Teatro Giordano – 9.00 pm - info: email@example.com
September 24th: Martirano Lombardo (Catanzaro), Italy – Sala Cesare Nava – 8.30 pm - info: https://www.facebook.com/events/213327332395614/
September 25th: Palermo, Italy – Teatro Santa Cecilia – 9.00 pm - info: firstname.lastname@example.org
September 26th: Verona, Italy – Teatro Astra – 9.00 pm – info: https://www.facebook.com/events/315451952126222/
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Tony MacAlpine opens for Steve on West Coast tour leg
Very cool news:
Long time The Breed band member Tony MacAlpine, who incidentally celebrates his birthday today, will Join Steve’s tour to open on the following dates:
Oct 8: Riverside, CA – Fox Performing Arts Center
Oct 9: Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
Oct 11: San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
Oct 12: Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater
Oct 13: San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Oct 14: Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
Oct 16: Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
Tony will be joined by his band: Aquiles Priester (drums) and Bjorn Englen (bass).
We are so happy that Tony is recovering and feeling back to normal, and thrilled that he will join this part of the Passion & Warfare 25th ann. tour as part of his own tour during October.
Check out www.tonymacalpine.com for the remainder of his solo tour dates.
Additional US Tourdates announced
Steve’s Leather Jacket on Ebay
Desmond Tutu Legacy Project Concert
Steve Vai, Incubus and Donovan are giving a special concert for the Desmond Tutu Legacy Project on October 7th at The Saban Theater in Los Angele! Pre-sale tickets are now available and GA seating tickets go on sale this Saturday, Aug 20: http://www.ticketmaster.com/incubus-donovan-steve-vai-unity-the-beverly-hills-california-10-07-2016/event/0B00510AA3753749
Vai-Tal Ebay auction: Fire Garden Leather Jacket
Steve’s First Leather Jacket w Hand Painted “Fire Garden” Artwork from Tabitha RoseBuyers for this month’s Vai-Tal used gear auction will have a chance to own the very first leather jacket Steve purchased with stunning new artwork of Steve’s “Fire Garden” album cover by Tabitha Rose. From Steve: “I always loved the look of these long leather coats and when I was around 18 years old and going to school in Boston I decided to have one made. A big step for a guy living on cereal and peanut butter. I loved this coat and wore it for years and then just kept it in my attic until Tabitha Rose recently spun some serious magic on it” -Steve Vai Check out our Ebay page for more details. The auction will start August 22, at 11.00 PDT
>It all started about ten years ago me when i found that Whitesnake was coming to Minneapolis on tour. At this time the only music I knew was the music my dad would play around my brothers and I including, Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Zappa, and Pink Floyd just to name a few. I had no idea who Steve Vai was and really didn’t know what I was getting into when I went to my first concert at age thirteen. I can remember it like it was last night….my father and I had to settle for nosebleed seats, but I didn’t care! I was going to my first rock concert and my body and head were filled with a rush of hot blood the whole time Vai was on stage. He had started this solo like no other person with a stage presence that I have yet to see another touch in my whole life of concert going and music appreciation. It was with this amazing chrome sequined Ibanez. It glittered like stars in the darkness when the spotlight hit every shining facet. I will never forget…. It is now nearly 10 years later and I have become more than just a fan of his creations. When I hear of anything recorded by him or even anything even touched by him I feel as though I must have it immediatly. Then I go and buy it as soon as I can find it. At times I fell as if I am like Pavlov’s Dog; drooling at the mouth when his name is even mentioned. Awaiting his next work of passion. I also think of myself as in his debt for his influence in the music that I listen to. He was able to open my mind with “Passion and Warfare”, and make me realize that there is more than just a steady beat and few melodies to music. There are a lot of parts to a peice of music that matter more than I had even begun to dream of. He is the one responsible for making me realize this. So I say, thank you Steve Vai…thank you from every part of me… Rh8675
“I just read ‘Quest For Light’ by Maharaj Charan Singh Ji. It’s a beautiful book of letters written by a guru to his disciples.”(Look at amazon.com)
“The song was written about one transsexual in particular whom my wife & I were entertained by in a club in Miami. I never meant it to be disrespectful, I don’t do that with my music. Only you know what will offend you. I’m terribly sorry if anyone was offended by these lyrics. Trust me, I don’t judge people by their sexual orientation.”
“Yes, I talk to Devin occassionally. He always sends me his latest projects, and believe me, they’re devastato. He’s really a brilliant dude and his music is so intense. He’s the most unpredictable person I’ve ever met. And I’m a pure instigator, so when we both get together it’s quite the extravaganza”.(Visit Devin @ www.hevydevy.com)
“Well, if the right movie comes along, sign me up”Steve has actually received several offers to appear in other movies since “Crossroads”, but
“most of the time people send me scripts for the part of the demonic, nasty, mean apparition. I wonder what ever gave them the idea that I’d be good in a role like that?”
“I always felt as though I had interesting ideas. I am very confident in my heart. I was just extremely insecure about bringing those ideas to the ears of other people. When I locked the door and recorded ‘Passion and Warfare’ I was extremely thrilled with what I was doing, I just thought the rest of the world would never get it. I believe that most all of us have great moments of inspiration at times. It just takes a lot of courage and dedication to make some of those ideas a reality sometimes, especially when it means you have to figure out how to record them and make a record. Sure would be easier to be a poet or something. Oh well, maybe in my next life.”
“Buzz Feiten is not a mere mortal so I wouldn’t suggest you try to do it on your guitar. He has spent 3 years perfecting his system. It really works too. I believe it works from the principal that the guitar is a screwed up instrument when it comes to the way the frets were traditionaly spaced in conjunction with the way it’s tuned. A crude, and I mean crude, explanation would be that he changes the scale length slightly and by re-intonating the guitar, not perfectly mind you, but by some formula he has determined works, the guitar is then tuned with a special tuner that is slightly unconventional in its readings. All this allows you to play around the neck while having the notes vibrate with each other in more of a “tuned” way. You should really ask him though. He wrote the secret sauce. I’m just a mere mortal… I think.”
What advice does Steve have for a struggling guitar player who just has a dream and a lot of guts? – Dan Thomas, Manitoba, Canada Steve replies:
“Have confidence in yourself. Practice all the time, research and study the music you love. Play with as many people as you can. Get a good understanding of the music biz so you can get an idea of what your sweat is worth so you don’t get ripped off. Never pose in a picture, say anything into a microphone or write anything on paper that you don’t believe in. Always be supportive and compassionate to your fellow musician, they have dreams too. There isn’t a value that you can put on the loyalty of a supportive fan. Listen to what other people have to say before you dismiss them, but always act on your own instinct. Ask yourself if what your doing is spiritualy healthy or not. Never lie or cheat anyone in this biz because it really sucks and you will bring that stuff right back on yourself. Think of the time in the future when you may be 80 years old and ask yourself if you feel as though you created a body of work that you’re proud of and has some kind of social redeeming value because if all you do is surround yourself with negativity in your life and music, then you will become a self fullfilling prophecy and a miserable parasite on civilization. Love music, use suncreen and wear a condom. Father Oblivion has spoken.”
“I learned all the rules, then applied them in both conventional ways and unique ways. The pitch axis theory is common and simple to apply on the guitar if you have a basic sense of music theory. Conventional rock guitar players do not usually attempt to apply these theories to their music but with people like myself and Joe it’s very common. I like to use upper structure triads and hybrid chord structures in my composition. If I was to demonstrate you would hear it in most of my music.”
“The song ‘Bad Horsie’ was actually writen around the riff from ‘Crossroads’. The script called for a guitar riff that sounded like a locomotive going by. I remember the director Walter Hll walked in and heard the riff and said, ‘Wow, how can anyone beat that, the duel is over before it began’ :).”
“That’s funny, there’s a tribe of wild Vais in my living room right now. Their names are Julian and Fire”Regarding the orchestral music, Steve has written orchestral scores of several pieces both familiar and unheard, including “For The Love Of God”, “Call It Sleep”, “Little Green Men”, “Lotus Feet”, “Memories Of A Silent Rose” and others. Steve, backed by 2/3 of his Fire Garden touring band and a 65-piece orchestra led by Joel Thome, performed these arrangements for a live audience in Rochester, New York in September of 1996. The show was dubbed Soundcurrent, but was not recorded for release. Steve would very much like to do a tour like this, using different orchestras in each city, but that’s a HUGE undertaking and it takes a LOT of time, and Steve is simply too busy juggling everything else at this point. It’s something close to his heart though, so cross your fingers.
“The extra songs on Leftovers were done at various times. “Fuck Yourself” was written in 1980 but the recording was so poor that I re-recorded it and changed a few of the lines to make more sense with present-day Earth. “Massacre” was recorded recently too. It was an experiment with a piece of gear that I was trying out. “Natural Born Boy” was written some time ago and the track was recorded about 5 years ago but the guitar was done about a year ago. “San Sebastian”was written while I was in San Sebastian, Spain and recorded about 13 years ago “The X-Equilibrium Dance” was written and recorded at about the same time as the Leftovers stuff around 1982.”
“Well, I don’t know, Joni. I had three Soloists and the neck broke on every one. They just don’t feel half as nice to me as my Jem does. Understand that I played the Soloist when Ibanez was but a gleam in my eye. I bulit the Jem around my playing style so it fits very well. I’m sure the Jackson is still a nice guitar, it’s just a matter of preference.”P.S If God had a song it would be Juice.
“That’s funny, I thought it was only good for snowboarders, what do I know.”P.S P.S if you answer me i will buy all your records.
“Off you go now… $teve Vai”
“Both of my parents are of Italian descent but were born in America.Vai is actually an Italian word. It’s the verb “to go”. Sometimes in South America or Italy people say to each other “Vai Vai Vai” & I end up syaing “What what what”?
“Oh alright, I’ll do a live video…”
Hi Steve, I read in your answer to a Malaysian fan that you would like to return there on your upcoming tour. Australia is quite close to Malaysia (well, compared to say, Brooklyn, anyway), so is there any chance that Australia could be included on this tour? I know we don’t have a huge population but I’m sure you have a lot of fans over here. Incidentally, a friend of mine swears you were out here in ’98 on a publicity tour. Is he pulling my leg? – Mark Rogers (Sent in 1999) A tour for “The Ultra Zone” will start internationally in January 2000 (an American tour begins in October ’99), and we will be doing that whole general Australasian region as thoroughly as we can then. Tour dates, when available, can be found here. (To answer your other question, Steve did not do a promo tour or anything else down there in ’98, but we’ll be back soon.)
“Sorry, I did not mean to offend you. That particular line in the song is aimed at people who use religion as a means of personal and monetary gain.” The actual line reads “fuck yourself with organized religion, now that is some seriously sinnin’ business, if the Lord sees their pathetic crimes, He’ll be fuckin’ them ’til the end of time”. Fear not, however, if that doesn’t offend you there are a hundred other things in there that will. :)”
S – “Just playing is not necessarily going to make you a great musician. There are many things you can do to improve yourself while you let your hand rest. It’s difficult to rest when you want to play, I know, but you must because you can damage yourself. Develop your ears. Get some books on solfeggio and sight singing. Learn to hear music in your head while looking at it on paper. Sit and write melodies that you hear in your head. Practice much slower, hitting only one note every 30 seconds and make it sound great and listen to it ring out. Create tapes of chords that you can listen back to and name when you hear them, this is great ear training. Listen to inspirational music that you like. Study theory and imagine how you can apply it to the instrument. These are few things. s
S- “Eventually everything I ever recorded will be released in one way or another.”
S- “Hi Adam. When I was your age I played a whole lot everyday but I would break it up into different categories. Exercises, scales, chords, jamming to tapes, reading music and just sitting and improvising. All in all I would spend about 9-15 hours a day. I highly recommend playing to a drum machine or loops as this will help you get your groove together, play with as many different people you can as musical communication is tremendously important, and just love music all the time. Be supportive of other peoples musical contributions and struggles.”
S – “I have always protected my ears with ear plugs or cotton whenever I play on stage or in rehearsal. As a result they are still good. I get periodic check ups too. The only other thing I ever stick in my ear is my elbow.”
S – “I think that ripping tracks from the Internet is a blatant disregard for the intellectual property rights of the artists that create the art, most of whom live hand to mouth. Believe it or not, “file sharing” is bringing the music industry to an all time low and at the end of this we will see at least a 25% decline is sales. That will put a lot of Indies out of business, make the majors smaller and less effective in marketing, and discourage many musicians from making music as it will seem more and more hopeless to make a living in the business. So, buyer beware of what your doing when you rip from the net. I have never even once in my life downloaded a track from the net for free because I know how it effects the artists.”
S – “I don’t ever recall playing ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’, or ‘Beethoven’s 5th.’ I don’t ever recall jamming with Yngwie, and I have never heard of a track that Joe and I properly recorded called ‘Formula 1.’ I think it’s all rumors, mistakes or misnamed things.”VAI.COM UPDATE: Thanks to the many fans who wrote in helping clear up this confusion. We have heard that “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” is actually performed by Chris Impellitteri, and that “Beethoven’s 5th” is performed by Nuno Bettenbourt (we’ve been unable to confirm this). The track “Formula 1” is apparently a mis-titled version of “Juice” that appeared in the video game “Formula 1”. A Satriani track also appeared in the game soundtrack – hence the confusion.
S – “Crunchy water was the flip side of a track called “My Mother is a Space Cadet.” I wrote My Mother… with Dweezil but I did not play on it. That was Edward Van Halen that produced and played on it. I have no idea where you can find a copy. I don’t even have one.”
Hey Steve, I’m big fan of yours. What was your rig in Flexable? Did u use a Carvin amp like those seen in the ‘crossroads’? When did u start using the JEM’s? – Martin Philip Bengson
S – “For Crossroads I was using a Carvin X-100B amp along with a Charvel guitar that turned into my Green meanie guitar. I was using an MXR distortion, Cry Baby Wha Wha and a Roland SDE 3000 for delay.”Steve designed and began using the Jem in 1987.
S- “It was an intentionally hidden track, surprise!”
S – “If you research metaphysics you will find mystical meanings for pyramids and triangles, and the power of numerology and the number 7 being a prime focus. I had made many discoveries whilst I was seeking spiritual balance in my life. I believe there is cause and effect based in metaphysics, and the study of which can bring one closer to the roots of the human being. But l have also found that more than not they can be a big deterrent in the progress of spiritual evolution, and at times very dangerous. Numerology, mystics, fortune telling, etc., all have their place and their reality but at the core of the matter, is where the essence of it all really is, and everything else is just an obstacle in getting there. What I’m saying is, I wouldn’t worry about the pyramid and the numbers.”
S – “Maybe sometime in the future but there are no plans at this time.”
“Ooops, I don’t know how we put the wrong venue name but thanks for pointing it out. I will ask Mike to post it on the site. I composed the letter that was then read in French at the show. It was translated by John Pusztai who was also the one that recited it. It’s sticky sweet.”John Pusztai (pictured here with Steve) tells the story of how it all came about: “Here’s what happened on what was probably the most incredible day of my life so far: I’m a Vai fan. Actually that’s a bit of an understatement, but you get the picture. I also live in Paris, and after attending the local gig of the Ultra Zone Tour here on March 15th (2000), I thought there was no way I wasn’t gonna see that show again, so I went to Strasbourg. I got to the venue around 4pm that day (April 1st), and the doors were open. Talk about blind luck! The band was doing the soundcheck. I sat down in the back, where some other people were hanging. Obviously it was amazing! At one point, they started to play that song Steve had just written, which sounded like a Parisian ballad. Then I heard Steve saying he needed a translator. I was sitting next to his tour manager, so I told him I could do it. And it worked! So there I was up on stage! I thought Steve just wanted to talk with some french person, but actually, the song they were rehearsing was written for France: they were going to perform it that night, and record it in order to put it on a live album. Steve asked me to translate a poem he had written from English to French, and to recite it in the song. It was about a particular day he had spent in Paris with Pia, and what the feelings it had evoked in him. Too bad Phil (Bynoe) doesn’t speak French though, it would have made it sound like Barry White! (j/k ). I went to the dressing room to do the translation, and then we rehearsed it a couple times. Then the soundcheck came to an end. It was time for the band to relax before the show and to have dinner. I went to a nearby chinese restaurant with my friends but I couldn’t eat! Eventually the show started. I spent most of it running around backstage almost shitting my pants, I was beyond nervous! Right after Voodoo Acid, it was time for me to hit the stage. Pure adrenaline! It went pretty well, although I think I was shaking a bit. It was very magical. God what a memory! Everyone in the crew was really cool to me. My deepest gratitude to you guys, especially to Steve for making this happen, for being my greatest inspiration (not only musical), and many other things! Warm Regards – John Pusztai”
Shows Istanbul and Sofia canceled.
Passion & Warfare North American Dates
- 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
- August 1 - Moscow, Russia - Moscow Annual Arts Festival
- October 8 - Riverside, CA - Fox Performing Arts Center
- October 9 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues - Las Vegas
- October 11 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues - San Diego
- October 12 - Ventura, CA - Majestic Ventura Theatre
- October 13 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
- October 14 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
- October 16 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall
- October 17 - Nanaimo, BC - The Port Theater
- October 18 - Kelowna, BC - Kelowna Community Theatre
- October 19 - Calgary, AB - Jack Singer Concert Hall
- October 21 - Saskatoon, SK - O’Brian’s Event Centre
- October 22 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre
- October 23 - Burnsville, MN - The Ames Center at Burnsville Performing Arts Center
- October 25 - Northfield, OH - Hard Rock Live
- October 26 - Milwaukee, WI - The Pabst Theater
- October 28 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Orbit Room
- October 29 - North Tonawanda, NY - Riviera Theater
- October 30 - Kitchener, ON - Centre in the Square
- November 1 - London, ON - London Music Hall
- November 2 - Ottawa, ON - Algonquin Commons Theatre
The Making Of Passion And Warfare
Steve Vai’s Alien Guitar Secrets: Passion and Warfare
True to Vai form, this Passion and Warfare edition of Alien Guitar Secrets goes way beyond the call of educational and inspirational duty for any student of guitar, at any level of play.
In the first half of this interactive video masterclass, three-time GRAMMY Award winner Steve Vai shares priceless insight and ingenious methods to help you discover and unlock your personal musical identity -- the very same approaches he used to achieve his own mastery of the instrument and unparalleled success as a professional musician.
Topics and methods presented in the first half of the course include: 3-Step Manifestation, Deeper Than Technique, Develop Your Tone, Exercises Build Chops, Theory, Scales & Colors, Training Your Inner Ear, The Fragrance of Chords, Intonation, Bending Notes, Vibrato, Dynamics & Phrasing, The Dimension of Listening, and The Quality of Thought.
In the second half of the masterclass, Steve treats you to revealing overviews, with select playing examples, for each of the songs on his groundbreaking Passion and Warfare album -- highly regarded as one of the greatest instrumental rock guitar recordings of all-time.
Passion and Warfare song overviews include: "Liberty," "Erotic Nightmares," "The Animal," "Answers," "The Riddle," "Ballerina 12/24," "For The Love of God," "The Audience Is Listening," "I Would Love To," "Blue Powder," "Greasy Kid's Stuff," "Alien Water Kiss," "Sisters," and "Love Secrets." Steve also gives you a quick rundown of his guitar and gear in a Gear Talk segment.
The video masterclass (Windows, Mac, and iOS compatible) features 4+ hours of video lessons, tab/notation for select playing examples (for complete transcriptions and notation, pick up the Passion and Warfare Songbook published by Hal Leonard).
Steve also generously includes the Passion and Warfare Naked Tracks for all of the songs on the album (original tracks from the album minus the lead guitar track) along with 6 live video performances including "Liberty," "The Animal," "Answers," "For The Love of God," "The Audience Is Listening," and "Sisters."
“If you want to play something that you can't, you need to see and hear yourself doing it in your minds eye. It will start to happen.” - Steve Vai
Italian Alien Guitar Secrets Masterclass dates
Steve will do a few Alien Guitar Secrets Masterclasses in Italy this September.
See below for the dates and current information (More information will be added as it becomes available):
September 18th: Fiorano (Modena), Italy - Teatro Astoria - 7.00 pm - info: www.musicaafiorano.it
September 19th: San Giovanni alla Vena (Pisa), Italy - Blitz Live Music Pub - 9.30 pm - info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1742215382702093/
September 20th: Roma, Italy – Planet Live Club – 9.30 pm – info: http://www.planetliveclub.com/programma.htm
September 21st: Cagliari, Italy - Auditorium Comunale – info: https://www.facebook.com/events/295614800778230/
September 23rd: Foggia, Italy - Teatro Giordano – 9.00 pm - info: email@example.com
September 24th: Martirano Lombardo (Catanzaro), Italy – Sala Cesare Nava – 8.30 pm - info: https://www.facebook.com/events/213327332395614/
September 25th: Palermo, Italy – Teatro Santa Cecilia – 9.00 pm - info: firstname.lastname@example.org
September 26th: Verona, Italy – Teatro Astra – 9.00 pm – info: https://www.facebook.com/events/315451952126222/
G3 shows are underway…
Vai.com Webstore July 4th holiday sale
7/12 G3 show Offenbach venue update
Modern Primitive and PAW 25th Ann now available!
Guitar Player Track Premiere – No Pockets
Loudwire Exclusive Song Premiere – “Never Forever”
The Enduring Passion of Steve Vai + Song Premiere – “Dark Matter”
Update from the tour….
We’ve kicked off the PAW tour and it is so great to be playing this entire record, I don’t know why we didn’t do this before.
The band has got it down while I’m still dancing around my peddle board trying to remember all the patches for each song, ha.
So thrilling to feel such support from the audience on this show. We set up our vai.com show review threads and I enjoy reading your posts so if you would like to post your thoughts on the show, please go here.
We are constantly looking to improve the show on all levels so your constructive critique is appreciated along with the things about the show you think worked well.
Announcing Vai Academy V3.0 Featuring Special Guests Zakk Wylde, Al Di Meola, Carlos Alomar
Steve Vai proudly invites you to the third incarnation of Vai Academy, for 4 days and nights of non stop guitar, start to finish, January 2-6, 2017. Join us at the beautiful Asilomar Center, beautifully positioned in the oceanfront village of Carmel, California.
Visit our website vaiacademy.com to learn more!
This year's Vai Academy will be 'Passion & Technique' where you'll spend 4 days and nights discovering the intricacy of the guitar while jamming the day away with Steve Vai, his band and special guests including Zakk Wylde, Al Di Meola, and Carlos Alomar.
Vai Academy V3.0 will feature hands on, interactive workshops with Steve and his special guests, small group jamming sessions and performances from the artists beginning at 10 AM and going late into the night.
But hurry, because there is very limited availability. Reserve your spot today!
The Pacific Ocean is right outside your door!
Guitar World debuts “Lovely Elixir” from Modern Primitive
Release dates set for ‘Modern Primitive’ and ‘Passion And Warfare’
- Dark Matter
- Mighty Messengers
- The Lost Chord
- Fast Note People
- And We Are One
- Never Forever
- Lights Are On
- No Pockets
- Pink and Blows Over: Part 1
- Pink and Blows Over: Part 2 (Mars Attack)
- Pink and Blows Over: Part 3 (Jazzbo Paddle-foot)
- Erotic Nightmares
- The Animal
- The Riddle
- Ballerina 12/24
- For Love Of God
- The Audience ls Listening
- I Would Love To
- Blue Powder
- Greasy Kid's Stuff
- Alien Water Kiss
- Love Secrets
- Lovely Elixir (Bonus)
- And We Are One (Solo #2) (Bonus)
- As Above (Bonus)
- So Below (Bonus)
Steve to play Guitare en Scene Festival 2016
Generation Axe Stage Shots
EVO VIP Upgrades for the Passion and Warfare tour
- A Q&A session with Steve
- Personal Meet & Greet
- A Passion & Warfare 25th Anniversary Tourbook
- A DiMarzio Guitar Strap
- A Passion & Warfare guitar pick
- Early access to the venue
- Personal Photograph with Steve
- Autographed 8x10 photo
- Official EVO Tour laminate
- VIP Access to the pre-show soundcheck.
Vai to perform two shows at the Iridium next week
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.
Saturday Gear Po!n…. Orignal Evo Neck & Tool-less Jem
STEVE VAI ANNOUNCES PASSION AND WARFARE 25TH ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR
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
Generation Axe show Houston Canceled
Generation Axe plays “Foreplay”
Generation Axe: Fox News Interview
Generation Axe Featured in Guitar Player Magazine
Steve’s Dubai Update
I recently returned from Dubai where I spoke and played a bit at a YPO (Young Presidents Organisation) convention, and also gave an “Alien Guitar Secrets Master Class" at a local Hard Rock Cafe.
In all of the places I have visited over the years, perhaps Dubai surprised me the most. I had heard of Dubai’s attractions and opulence and was expecting more of the Vegas atmosphere I was told it is representative of, but what I found was a completely different cultural atmosphere than what I expected.
First, the place is very safe. There is virtually no crime. Men or Woman can walk alone at any time of the day or night and feel safe. It’s wonderfully clean on every street corner. There is no graffiti, homeless, or street pollution. There seems to be an ethical awareness built into the culture. The architecture is quite astounding and although I heard stories of the opulence being overdone, I didn’t find any of that “Vegas” that was attributed to it, but instead I found an appreciation for elegance and quality of life. Although some of it’s citizens ascribe to various religious dress and practices, there is a respectful tolerance for all faiths, but one is expected to honor certain ethical practicality.
In looking a little deeper into the fascinating infrastructure of this swiftly evolving city, I was lead to learn about their leader Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also known as Sheikh Mohammed. He is the ruler of Dubai as well as vice president and prime minister of the UAE.
As an American that is fatigued with USA politics, and virtually all world politics, I have no responsibility to pay allegiance to any world leader outside of the respect for protocol when visiting another culture. But when I learned of how this visionary man has been cultivating the expansion of Dubai since 2006, and feeling the deep and sincere respect, gratitude and even reverence that the people have for this benevolent leader, I was not only impressed, I was inspired.
I’m looking forward to returning there whenever there is an opportunity.
Here’s some photos, enjoy!
Generation Axe Rehearsals
Steve to play Bospop Festival in the Netherlands on July 10
New Vai-Tal Gear item on Ebay
Steve to play Sweden Rock Festival 2016 in Solvesborgy
Steve to play Ibanez Guitars Festival in Germany
G3 shows in Germany
Monday July 11th 2016
Venue – Circus Krone
Tuesday July 12th 2016
Venue – Stadthalle
Wednesday July 13th 2016
Venue – Kunstrasen
G3 International 2016 dates
G3 is back!!
Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and The Aristocrats (featuring Guthrie Govan, Marco Minnemann & Bryan Beller) - for dates in July in Italy. Tickets for each will be available via the ticket outlet, Ticketone and are going on sale Februari 26 at 10 a.am local time.
Saturday July 2nd 2016
City - Rome, Italy
Venue - Rock In Roma / Moon Stage @ Ippodromo delle Capannelle
Sunday July 3rd 2016
City - Sogliano al Rubicone, Italy (province of Forlì-Cesena)
Venue - Piazza Matteotti
Monday July 4th 2016
City - Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Venue - Piazza del Popolo
Generation Axe – A Night Of Guitars Tour
STEVE VAI, ZAKK WYLDE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN,
NUNO BETTENCOURT & TOSIN ABASI COME TOGETHER
FOR GENERATION AXE - A NIGHT OF GUITARS
TOUR BEGINS APRIL 5TH
TICKETS ON SALE FEBRUARY 19TH
February 16, 2016 – The term “supergroup” gets thrown around on a regular basis these days, however, a new tour featuring some of the greatest guitarists of all time is about to truly give the term a whole new meaning.
Introducing: Generation Axe, featuring Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Abasi.
Beginning on April 5th in Seattle, Generation Axe - A Night Of Guitars is hitting the road for 26 performances in North America. Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday, February 19th.
"The Generation Axe show is a unique performance of five fiercely talented guitar players coming together to create a 6-string extravaganza that is sure to amaze and delight,” commented Steve Vai.
The Generation Axe fan experience will go way beyond simply gathering five guitar greats on one stage to jam. Each tour stop will include a variety of collaborations by the five players, including everyone performing together as one cohesive band with a rhythm section including Pete Griffin (Dweezil Zappa, Stanley Clarke, Edgar Winter) on bass and Nick Marinovich (Yngwie Malmsteen) on keys. Vai, Wylde, Malmsteen, Bettencourt and Abasi will perform songs from their various catalogs and join forces on some well-known songs (as well as probably a few unexpected, unearthed gems).
Making this rare tour experience even more special, Generation Axe VIP packages will be offered, giving fans access to these guitars masters and exclusive one-of-a-kind memorabilia. A front row package (including a meet & greet), a meet & greet package, and a VIP tour package will be available. For more information, visit www.generationaxe.com.
About the Generation Axe Members
While many artists fit easily into a single category, Steve Vai remains unclassifiable. Vai is a virtuoso guitarist, visionary composer, and consummate audio producer who sculpts musical sound with infinite creativity and technical mastery. He is one of the most in-demand, versatile, eloquent and soulful guitarists in the business. The GRAMMY Award-winner has sold over 15 million albums and toured the world as a solo artist, a member of G3, and with Frank Zappa, Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake. Vai launched his successful solo career with the release of Flex-Able in 1984 and has written, produced, and engineered all of his solo albums. He has appeared as a guest artist on more than 40 albums and created music for blockbuster films, best-selling video games, national sports franchises, and corporate brand initiatives. Vai has earned honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and Musicians Institute. For more info, visit: www.vai.com
GRAMMY Award-winner Zakk Wylde’s legendary career includes a lengthy tenure with Ozzy Osbourne in which Wylde co-wrote and recorded several albums, including the multi-platinum No More Tears, Osbourne’s largest selling solo album featuring the classic hit single, “Mama, I’m Coming Home” and the bulk of the double platinum 2002 set, Ozzmosis. With Osbourne, Wylde has played on countless world tours and television appearances, with his signature bullseye Les Paul in tow. Wylde has his mitts imprinted on Hollywood’s Rock Walk of Fame; guest-starred alongside Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston in the movie “Rockstar”; and even momentarily joined Axl, Slash and Duff in Guns N’ Roses. But nothing offers the pure expression of Zakk Wylde’s animalistic “id” like Black Label Society, the stomping, heavy, bluesy, recklessly unhinged hard-rock-metal quartet who are quick to rip up a solo as to dip into a piano-fueled anthemic ballad. For more info, visit: www.zakkwylde.com
When Yngwie J. Malmsteen hit the scene in the early 80s, he turned the entire guitar world upside down; never before was guitar playing like his ever heard. Drawing inspiration from his love for Baroque and Romantic classical music, Malmsteen employs classical violin techniques such as four and five octave arpeggios, pedal notes, and harmonic minor, diminished and Phrygian scales, flawlessly delivered at mind-boggling levels of speed and clarity. In doing so, he has singlehandedly created a brand new style of guitar playing and composing that is still derived from today. In addition to having written and produced 35+ neoclassical rock albums, Malmsteen composed and orchestrated the "Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra,” which he recorded with the prestigious Czech Philharmonic in Prague, conducted by Yoel Levy of Atlanta Symphony fame. Malmsteen subsequently performed the piece live with the the New Japan Philharmonic and the Taipei Symphony, among others. Malmsteen has received numerous Grammy nominations, hundreds of magazine covers, dozens of Reader's Poll and Composer of the Year Awards, a plaque on the Rock Walk of Fame, signature model guitars, amps, pickups, strings, picks, pedals, microphones, and more. TIME Magazine placed him as one of the top ten guitarists of all time. Some 35 years and 25 million+ album sales later, Yngwie shows no signs of slowing down, with his brand new record World on Fire due for release in April 2016. For more info, visit: www.yngwiemalmsteen.com
Guitar virtuoso, singer-songwriter, and record producer, Nuno Bettencourt rose to international prominence as a guitar player with the GRAMMY-nominated, Boston-area band EXTREME, one of the most successful rock acts of the early to mid 1990s selling over 10 million records worldwide. Musically, EXTREME is dominated by Bettencourt’s blistering guitar riffs, often with funky, syncopated timing, and incendiary, high-speed rock/metal solos. Bettencourt penned the acoustic ballad “More Than Words” that went to #1 on the Billboard charts and “Hole Hearted” that reached #4. He has released multiple solo albums as well as with bands he founded including Mourning Widows Population 1, Dramagods and Satellite Party. Bettencourt has written, produced and performed with many legendary artists including Rihanna, Steven Tyler, Paul McCartney, Janet Jackson and many others. For more info, visit: www.nunobettencourt.com
Oluwatosin Ayoyinka Olumide Abasi, better known as Tosin Abasi, is a Nigerian American guitarist known as the guitar player and founder of the instrumental progressive metal band, Animals as Leaders. Abasi’s compositions of intricate music have garnered critical acclaim in a few short years. Abasi is part of the breed of new contemporary players who are raising the bar on the concept of electric guitar virtuosity. His approach to the guitar stems from a passion for advanced techniques and harmony. Using 7-, 8-, and 9-string guitars have allowed Abasi to create a highly unique and individual sound. For more info, visit: www.facebook.com/animalsasleaders
Generation Axe - A Night Of Guitars is produced by Copeland International Arts and is booked by CAA.
For more information: www.generationaxe.com.
GENERATION AXE TOUR DATES
April 5, 2016 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
April 6, 2016 - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
April 8, 2016 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
April 9, 2016 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
April 10, 2016 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
April 11, 2016 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
April 13, 2016 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
April 15, 2016 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre
April 16, 2016 - Salina, KS - The Stiefel Theatre
April 17, 2016 - Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory
April 18, 2016 - Houston, TX - Revention Music Center
April 20, 2016 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
April 21, 2016 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
April 23, 2016 - Wilmington, NC - Cape Fear Community College
April 24, 2016 - Washington, DC - Warner Theatre
April 25, 2016 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre
April 26, 2016 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre
April 27, 2016 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
April 29, 2016 - Chicago, IL - Copernicus Center
May 1, 2016 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theatre
May 2, 2016 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
May 4, 2016 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
May 5, 2016 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theater
May 6, 2016 - Westbury, NY - Theatre at Westbury
May 7, 2016 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
May 8, 2016 - Providence, RI - Providence Performing Arts Center
ROCK AND ROLL FANTASY CAMP 2016
NAMM 2016 Passion & Warfare Universe
- Maple UV Neck
- American Basswood Body
- Jumbo Frets
- Rosewood Fretboard
- Disappearing Pyramid Inlay
- Lo-Pro Edge 7 Bridge
- DiMarzio Blaze pickups
- Ultralite Trem Arm included
- Hardshell case included
- Certificate of Authenticity included.
New DiMarzio Pickup Covers
New DiMarzio straps
Lemmy was unique in the superlative sense of the word.
Everyone loved him. He was the heart of Rock and Roll the way we like it.
I ran into him at the Rainbow Bar and Grill once and said to him, "So when are you going to ask me to play a solo on a Motorhead record"?
He said, "I'll be at your house Wednesday at noon".
It only took a few hours to do the solos but the 2 of us just sat and talked for about 10 hours after that.
He consumed a hefty amount of alcohol and speed but never once stuttered, lilted or missed an opportunity for an inspired bit of wit.
He was sharp, alert and extraordinarily present at ALL times. I couldn't quite understand it.
The record I recorded on was "Inferno" and some days later Lemmy sent me an engraved lighter. How cool, ay?
The stories he told were fascinating and I got to know the remarkable person he was. I discovered why so many of us adore and revere him.
Lemmy marched to the beat of his own drums. His confidence in himself and his music was fierce and he was perhaps the most honest person I knew in this business. Because he was so in touch with himself, he allowed others to be themselves without judging them. He didn't placate or sugar-coat things but delivered to you the reflection of your own intentions, meaning if you're an asshole, you better be prepared to be verbally spanked with an inspired array of adjectives delivered with a firm, yet high quality calm. But if your morals were worth the salt, he was incredibly warm, considerate, generous and supportive.
He gave you his quality attention when you were talking with him and that's the best gift you can give to anyone. We loved him because he inspired in us our own desire to be as independent and dedicated to our work as he was. And he did it with an incredibly solid, rounded, and grounded sense of confidence, warmth and witt.
Not to mention he played his ass off in the tradition of hard, fast, no excuses rock and roll with a look, voice and bass sound unlike anything. He was a totally invested performer who's authenticity was epic. Even the way his microphone hung from above him will be historically recognizable. He was "the One… ALONE".
I wrote a song with him and Ozzy called "My Little Man” that appears on Ozzy’s "Ozzmosis" record. Lemmy wrote the lyrics. If you listen to the lyrics of that song you can glean an insight into the deep softness that was comfortably resting under the external persona. The song is deeply touching and when I met his son Paul, I realized how sincere those lyrics are.
I remember when my wife Pia met him and had an opportunity to "kiss the mole" on his cheek.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to perform for him at the Whisky for his 70th birthday party that took place Dec 2015 just a few weeks before he passed. I shared riffs with Bob Kulick and Lemmy's son Paul, who is really quite a good guitar player. After the show I went to see Lemmy where he sat in the balcony all night. He was shockingly thin and frail but still had that steady awareness of all that was going on in the world around him. I held his shaking hand, told him how nice it was to jam with his son, and then I kissed his hand and said "God bless you my brother, and thank you".
There are times when you know you will be saying goodbye to someone for the last time in this life, and though there was a sadness, with Lemmy it was a heartfelt salute and a momentary exchange of deep respect and joy in the knowing of each other.
He was the coolest and wherever his attention is right now, he still is.
Lemmy, you were extraordinary and we are grateful.
The inscription reads…
From Lemmy to Steve Vai in Gratitude for his fine work on "Inferno" 2004
Vai-tal Gear – Melcor GME-20 EQ’s – two days left!
Happy Happy Merry Merry
Hey folks, Happiest of Holidays and beyond beyond to you all.
Below is a lovely and uplifting story I wanted to share with you.
Peace and love and good happiness stuff.
In a Mothers Womb
In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other:
“Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”
“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”
The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”
The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”
The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”
The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover if there is life, then why has no one ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”
“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”
The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”
The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”
Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”
To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.”
Vai-tal Gear: Melcor GME-20 EQ on Ebay
Today the Ebay auction for the two Melcor GME-20 EQ’s is up on Ebay and will run for the next 10 days. Here's your chance to get your hands on some unique Steve Vai owned equipment, directly from his studio.Each month we are putting up an item on Ebay. Check out the information page here. You can see previously sold items on our archive page.
Bid on a private guitar lesson with Steve Vai
Steve’s Ibanez Jem “BO” Stolen
Big BOSS Giveaway – Autographed DD-7
Win a BOSS DD-7 Digital Delay autographed by Steve Vai plus $1,000 in BOSS gear! Enter Now through Dec. 13th: http://www.bossus.com/bigbossgiveaway
Eddie Trunk Interview Podcast with Vai about T-Mac Benefit
STEVE VAI’S IBANEZ JEM77B RMR ‘T-MAC’ #48
Rock ‘n Roll Fantasy Camp 2016
Immerse yourself in one of the greatest musical experiences you’ll ever participate in as Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp presents four of the greatest guitarists and a legendary drummer, headlining this camp, along with 15 incredible touring rock star counselors including bass players, guitar players, keyboard players, vocalists, etc...
Coming February 11-14, 2016 – PRESIDENTS DAY weekend/GRAMMY weekend, ROCK AND ROLL FANTASY CAMP presents TONY IOMMI, founding member and lead guitar player of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy winning hard rock band BLACK SABBATH, Tony Iommi is synonymous with heavy rock, his innovative, de-tuned, dark riffs are considered to be the blueprint for hundreds of bands that followed. Also appearing will be Warren Haynes, who is best known for his work as longtime guitarist with The Allman Brothers Band and as founding member of the jam band Gov't Mule, as well as his associations with the surviving members of the Grateful Dead, including touring with Phil Lesh and Friends and The Dead. ZAKK WYLDE who is best known as the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, and founder of the band Black Label Society. He was also the lead guitarist and vocalist in Pride & Glory, and as a solo artist he released Book of Shadows. And legendary guitar hero, GRAMMY AWARD winning artist STEVE VAI, who has sold over 15 million albums and has recorded and toured with Frank Zappa, Public Image Ltd., Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, and as a solo artist.
You will also get to meet surprise guest superstars who will be in town for The GRAMMY’s…Come celebrate with us and live out YOUR rock and roll fantasy!
Along with meeting and jamming with these incredible talents, you and your band will perform at the infamous WHISKY A GO GO on the legendary Sunset Strip in Hollywood CA.
For more information and registration, visit the rock camp website here.
Vai-tal Gear: Melcor GME-20 EQ
Monsters of Rock – Will You Be There?
Ultimate Jam Night – Vai, Sheehan, Bissonette and Ralph Saenz
First Ebay Auction: A 1962/1963 Gretch Chet Atkins
Steve Vai Art Exhibit
Flash Mob VaiTune #9
Rock Royalty Join Forces For A Benefit Concert For Tony MacAlpine
Available now: Limited edition large signed poster (40X27)
Rock In Rio Brazil Press Release
Guitarplayer.com story on Rock in Rio
Premier Guitar Chat Tomorrow at 1 PM PST
Premier Guitar Q&A Session with Steve on August 27th
Ask Steve anything on AMA Q&A session on Reddit tomorrow
Steve to perform at Guitar Town
Westword Feature on Vaicademy
The Space Between Notes – Tag Yourself!
Leg 2 from The Space Between Notes
Leg 1 from The Space Between the Notes
Announcing Vai Academy Schedule & Special Guests
Monsters of Rock Cruise
My Roland SDE 3000’s
In 1985 the Roland company came out with the finest digital delays I believe have ever been made, the SDE 3000. I was 24 at the time and saved to purchase two of them.
This was literally my full rig, with the exception of a few stomp boxes. I came out of the send in the back of the amp and went into the first SDE 3000 and used it mainly for delay. Then the output of that unit went into the input of the second SDE 3000 which I used mainly for stereo chorus. Then the stereo outputs that came out of SDE 3000 number 2 were sent to the return of each amp. This gave me a wide range of various delays and stereo chorusing.
I absolutely loved these units. No other delays seemed to be made with the care and attention to quality as these units. I used them ALL THE TIME. This was my rig through my band days after the release of Flex-Able, and all the way to Passion and Warfare. They were used on virtually every recording I've done up to The Story of Light (my last record). They were in my live guitar rig all through Alcatrazz, Roth and Whitesnake and beyond and can be heard on all those records.
Some months ago I had a meeting with Roland about some gear ideas and I met a gentlemen, Mr. Yoshihiro Ikegami. He is posing with me in the photo below.
I immediately took a liking to this soft spoken man and then half way through the meeting I was told that he was the inventor and builder of the original SDE 3000.
Well, you can imagine my surprise and delight to finally meet the man that created the gear that was my signature sound for all those years. It made me love the gear even more.
Just the other day I came across those two SDE’s that I purchased 30 years ago and they lit me up again. And then a thought crossed my mind. It was more of an inspiration.
I had another meeting with Roland scheduled for earlier this week and Mr. Ikegami came to my home. When he left I presented him with my original SDE 3000’s.
I just thought, how appropriate would it be for the guy who made these units, to own my original ones. It’s sort of a thank you for making them in the first place.
In this photo I’m presenting them to him.
And once again, Thanks Yoshi.
We dug trough our photo library and found a number of images that show these units in various settings.
This rack is from the Alcatrazz US en Japan tour:
Later on the units got built into a proper rack, along with a Lexicon PCM60 digital reverb, a 6-channel mixer and a Mutron Bi-Phase pedal.
This particular rack below was used during the 1988 David Lee Roth & 1990 Whitesnake world tours. From top to bottom, it includes a Furman PL-8 power conditioner, a Roland SDE-3000 digital delay, 2 Yamaha D1500 digital delays, Yamaha SPX90 multieffects, Ibanez SDR1000 digital reverb unit, Eventide H969 Harmonizer (changed to WOMANIZER as a joke), Eventide H3000S, a Lexicon PCM70 digital reverb, P/SSAC mixer, Drawmer Dual Gates noise reduction unit, an Alesis Data Disc, Eventide H3000, and a Bradshaw switching system.
Here you can see both units used in the Sex & Religion Tour rack. Much simpler than the racks Steve used with David Lee Roth and Whitesnake, this rig included an Eventide H4000 Harmonizer, a Digitech DHP-55 Harmonizer, the rackmount custom Rack Of Wham by Digitech, 2 SDE-3000 delays, and a Custom Audio preamp. The roll-out shelf (on the right) contains a BOSS DS-2 Turbo Overdrive pedal, a Mutron III autowah, and an MXR Phase 90 pedal.
Below is the Fire Garden and G3 1996 tour rack, It includes a Furman PL-8 power unit, an Eventide H3000S Ultra Harmonizer, 2 Roland SDE 3000 delays, a Digitech DHP-55 harmonizer, and the Digitech Rack Of Wham. The roll-out drawer in the bottom held a Sobbat Glow-Vibe churus unit, an MXR Phase 100 pedal, and a Digital Music Corp 8-channel switching systeml.
Below we have the rig as used during the 1999 Ultrazone tour. This very simple rack contains a Furman PL-8 power unit, an Eventide H4000 harmonizer, one of the Roland SDE-3000 units, a TC Electronic G-Force, a custom wireless unit, the Rack Of Wham and a CAE switcher.
And finally one of the units located in the Mothership Studio Rack. This picture was taken during the early stages of the recording sessions for Real Illusions: Reflections. .
Les Paul 100th Anniversary
Canada Alien Guitar Secrets Dates
STEVE VAI // ALIEN GUITAR SECRETS MASTER CLASSES — CANADA
June 2, 2015 - Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Technical Secondary School
2600 East Broadway
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June 3, 2015 - Edmonton, AB - Telus World of Science - Kinetic Hall
11211 142 Street NW
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June 4, 2015 - Calgary, AB - Engineered Air Theatre - Epcor Centre For The Performing Arts
205 8 Ave. SE
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June 6, 2015 - Richmond Hill, ON - Cosmopolitan Music Hall (Inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Dr.
Richmond Hill, ON
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June 7, 2015 - Montreal, QC - Maison Theatre
245 Ontario St. E.
Guitar World Interview
Alien Guitar Secrets Brazil
Alien Guitar Secrets Spain
GuitarHD video, part 3
GuitarHD video, part 2
GuitarHD Video Interview
Vai Academy 2015
Vai Academy 2015 is "All About The Guitar!" The 4-day intensive camp features masterclasses from Steve Vai, Eric Johnson & Sonny Landreth with special industry veterans Larry DiMarzio and Sterling Ball to share their knowledge of the physical aspects of the guitar. Visit www.VaiAcademy.com to reserve your space! #VaiAcademy
Stillness in Motion Interview – Chris Huber
Stillness in Motion – Interview Mike Gallun
Alien Guitar Secret Masterclasses in Brazil
“The Story of Light”
Stillness in Motion DVD streaming & live chat
“Stilness in Motion: Vai Live in L.A.” 2CD/2DVD Release
GRAMMY Musuem event Monday
Weeping China Doll on Loudwire
Stillness in Motion Streaming
Stillness in Motion Interview, Fire Vai
Today’s video preview
Guitar Player Magazine published “Building The Church” video
VaiAcademy limited offer
Latest DVD preview
Benefit concert for Cliff, with Satriani, Vai and Animals As Leaders
Stillness in Motion Interview, Thomas Nordegg
DVD Preview videos
GuitarWorld.com premiere of “Gravity Storm”
Stillness in Motion Interview, Jeremy Colson
Alien Guitar Secrets Masterclasses in Spain
Stillness in Motion Interview, Philip Bynoe
And here it is…
Stillness in Motion Pre-order on iTunes
Steve Vai’s top 5 tips for guitarists
Stillness in Motion, Interviews
Vai headlining Guitar Town Festival 9 August
Stillness in Motion Preview
“Stillness In Motion” DVD and CD Release for April 7, 2015
All About Flo
Musicians Institue Conversation Series Part 2
Frost Blue Jem
- Basswood body
- Maple Neck with Maple Fretboard
- Dimarzio Evolutions
- Ibanez Edge tremolo
- Perloid pickguard
- Frost Blue Painjob
Musicians Institue Conversation Series Part 1
Thomas (Samoht), the New & Updated Ultra Jem
The specs-list for this guitar is nothing short of mind-blowing: The guitar is modeled to the exact specs of Steve's "Flo" with the following additions:
- Steinberger Gearless Tuners
- Wilkinson Jeff Beck Nut
- Fernandes FSK-401 sustainer
- Line 6 GR-30 Relay Wireless
- Blue Led fret markers by Martin Sims UK.
- Scalloped frets 20-24
- Kill Switch
- ATG Auto Tune for guitar Version 3.0
- Dunlop Counter sunk straplocks
- Linear Tremolo System by Don Ramsay
- Ibanez Carbon Fiber Whammy Bar
- No Monkey Grip, due to the needed real-estate for all on-board electronics.
Opening of the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Hall
Check out our December newsletter here! Happy Holidays from vai.com!
Michael Payton’s painting of Evo
Musicians Institute Conversation Series
Paul Revere Award for Graphic Excellence for Hal Leonard Books
You can get the books here:
Vai Signed BOSS DD-7 giveaway
Steve & Van Gogh
Steve & Pia on holiday in St. Barths
Steve in Japan
Steve and Uli John Roth at the Guitare En Scene Festival
MusiciansFriend & BOSS Webinar TODAY
Live broadcast Japan Only
Musicians Friend Webinar featuring Steve Vai
Vai Academy 2014
Update from the hive
Vai Academy Scholarship Winner
Evo packages for Japan
Vai Academy Giveaway
Son of Alien Guitar Secrets, Part II
Steve’s comments for Jimmy Page
Happy Birthday Steve!
Steve Vai Masterclass radio broadcast today
Steve Vai on Groundbreaking Tour
GUITAR VIRTUOSO STEVE VAI ROCKS RUSSIA & KIEV, UKRAINE ON GROUNDBREAKING TOUR DESPITE POLITICAL UNREST“Music does not follow the rules of boundaries and borders. It flows with undiscriminating freedom into all open ears. It’s one of the things in the world that all people, regardless of where they are from or what they believe in, can enjoy if the music resonates with them. To survive as a species we will eventually need to understand the necessity for unity. Music can act as an elusive yet potent unifying inspiration.” -SteveVai In the midst of social and economic turmoil, Steve Vai’s live performances this April in 11 cities throughout Russia and in Kiev, Ukraine, marked the most consecutive shows any guitar player has ever played before in Russia. Despite worldwide speculation of a new cold war, and numerous other artists canceling their shows, Vai focused on the music and pressed ahead with the tour, going the extra mile to bring his iconic guitar playing to his Russian and Ukrainian fans. Of the many international artists that had planned tours of the Ukraine, Vai’s concert in Kiev was the only international show to be performed as planned and not cancelled in the Ukraine over the course of the past month. Once wrapped in Russia and the Ukraine, The Story of Light Tour2014 continued in Wroclaw, Poland; Helsinki, Finland; Bratislava, Slovakia; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and Uden, The Netherlands. During the groundbreaking tour, Vai and his band played in front of thousands of fans in 10 different time zones. The tour covered over 28,000 kilometers in 31 days by plane, train, and car, including over 5,000 kilometers on the ground and over 3,000 kilometers on Trans Siberian Railways, 19 different flights (spending more than 100 hours at airports) and 21 different hotels. The international traveling party was made up of five United States citizens, one Austrian citizen, one Bosnia & Herzegovina citizen, and five Ukrainian citizens who were represented on the tour in Russia. In Wroclow, Poland, at the “Thanks Jim Festival” where 7,345 people simultaneously played their guitars, breaking the world record for the amount of people playing “Hey Joe” on guitar at the same time and the same place, Vai was there to take center stage. (more…)
End of the Story of Light Tour
Hello dear ones.
Steve on The Steve Gorman SPORTS! Radio
Steve on Steve Gorman SPORTS! Today
Gravity Storm Filmed With Lipstick Camera
“VAI 360°” On Android
The Crew & Band at the last show.
1. Jeremy Colson 2. Brat Vukovich 3. Fire Vai 4. Dave Weiner 5. Thomas Nordegg 6. Maksym Nabokov 7. Ievgen Pylypenko 8. Steve Vai 9. Denys Lev 10. Philip Bynoe 11. Dmytro Nuzhnyi 12. Erland Syvolapov
Update From The Road: Poland and Siberia
Vai talks Vai Academy on Music Radar
Photo’s from Sylmar, 1984
Steve appears in “The Amazing You” movie
GuitarMania.eu interview with Steve in Vienna
Update from the road: Singapore, Kuala Lumpur
Update from the road: Tel-Aviv, Berlin, Vienna, Warsaw
New Release Ocean Way Microphone Locker
The updates included: - Redesigned the user interface for iOS 7 - Improved performance for a faster, smoother user experience - Added support for an enhanced experience on 64-bit devices
Vai Academy Free Ibanez Guitar Reminder
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2014 Story of Light Tour Kick-off
Vai Academy Free Ibanez Guitar
Vai360 App Android Beta testers wanted
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MIJKE & CO LIVE!
Vai Academy Song Evolution Camp
Steve Vai Faces
Spring Gala Event 2014, China
Vai Limited Edition Guitar String Plaque
One of 6 Steve Vai Limited Edition Autographed Framed Plaques includes guitar picks, a live photograph, and six (6) guitar strings actually used by Steve during 2013 "Story of Light" World Tour. Each plaque comes with a card individually signed by Steve Vai with the date & venue. Steve's guitar tech removed the strings after each show and returned them to the original strings envelope; the date of each show was also written on the envelope. Each envelope is attached to the back of the frame for further authenticity. Available plaques: Beijing, China Shanghai, China Tokyo, Japan Auckland, New Zealand Barcelona, Spain Prague, Czech Republic Retail Price: $499.99 each + shipping fees and applicable taxes. Get them directly from the vai.com webstore. [foogallery id="21106"]
Win a trip to Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp
BTV Spring Global Gala, China
Moxipop Interview, Part II
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November 27, 2013
Eric Johnson jams with Steve at the Austin, TX show
Steve Vai interview with Grand Rapids, MI WZZM TV 13
youhearthis.com interview with Steve
Some photos from the tour!
The Daily Times Interview with Steve Vai
My birthday gift from Romania.
As you may know, trees are only planted during spring and autumn. Your tree was planted on Saturday, October 26. It was named „The Romanian VAI Tree”. It was planted along with 2000 other baby trees next to an oil refinery and it is part of a small forest that started to be grown in 2009 by an ecologist NGO called „More Green”. The small forest which is more a green barrier that protects the city of Ploiesti (60km away from Bucharest) from the pollution of the oil refinery has now an area of 4 acres and counting.
The tree is now a baby red oak which is known to grow tall (up to 90ft) strong and live long (up to 500 years) so plenty of time to visit.
Have a great day! A
Devin Townsend, “The Retinal Circus”
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Levante Interview (2013)
Jazz Voyeur Mallorca Interview
Italia Q&A (2013)
15) How about saying hello to the readers of Rock & Metal in My Blood?S- Hey Reader of Rock and Metal in My Blood. You may be I my blood but I’m crawling up your ass.
The Voice, Perth Community Interview (2013)
New Yooxer Interview (2013)
Canberra Times Q&A 2013
Scene Magazine Q&A
Interview for Italian Press 2013
- After that it will be a while before I come back to Italy because I’ll have played it more than Leonard Divinci has inventions.
BMA Magazine, Australia, Interview
Dominion Post, Wellington, New Zealand Interview
SF Media, Australia Interview
May The Rock Be With You (Australia) Interview
Sunday Star Times, New Zealand Interview
The AU Review (Australia) Interview
- Thanks for your time Steve – I understand you’re currently on tour, how is everything going?
- It won’t be long before you’re in Australia for a run of dates – music fans love you over this way, how are you looking forward to coming over and sharing the sets you’ve been taking all over the place to our crowds?
- S- I always get excited to tour in Australia. There is a very different atmosphere there than the rest of the world. I’ve said this in the press many times before but the Australians are the nicest people in the world. They are… charming really. There is a social gravity that permeates any culture and the Australian one is light and airy.
- I’ve visited Australia a lot in the last 4-5 years with either ZPZ, Alien Guitar Secrets Master Class, G3. Etc but I have not been there doing a full Vai show in a while. This is the thing I enjoy doing the most and feel I am the best at. I’m very eager for the Ausi’s to see this show.
- With Story of Light being released last year, can you tell me about to what extent the record has been featured in the live shows, how it’s been received and how the songs you’ve showcased have been adapted for the live stage, if any?
- The album has been described as a bit of a ‘rock opera’ in structure – when thinking about the album in terms of being part of a larger ‘story’, how much did this affect the way the music was written and arranged?
- As a music fan, were you exposed to the sort of exploration of music and use of sound that you’re making yourself, when you were learning your way through the industry and growing up? Who would you cite as influences, in terms of the creative direction you’ve taken over the past few years?
- When you’re in Australia in July, you’ll be performing with your full band; for people who may not have seen you with this group of musicians previously, can you tell us about how you all came together and how they amplify and add to the atmosphere you hope your music generates in a live arena?
- S- In the band I have Dave Weiner on Guitar. He has been with me for close to 13 years. He is as solid as the day is long. Philip Bynoe on bass, Philip has also been with me on and off for around 14 years. He has amazing ears and a stunning degree of perfect pitch. Jeremy Colson on Drums, Jeremy has been with me for the last 11 years. He hears me when I play and knows how to communicate. He has impeccable time and can hit as hard as a wrecking ball.
- These guys are respectful and professional but more than anything they are great guys that love to tour and we have a wonderful time together. It’s like a family.
- Then there is the alternating 4 band slot that is usually filled with an odd instrument or keyboardist. Last tour I had Deborah Henson Conant on electric harp and that added a nice dimension to the sound. Before that I had Anne Marie Callhoun and Alex DePue on violin. That was the String Theories band. This time through Ausie I have this young wonderkid keyboard player named Michael Arrom. He’s 18 years old and a stunning player.
- You’re widely known and revered for your phenomenal guitar skills – when on the road for the last 12 months or so of touring, had you added any new equipment or pieces to your rig/set up to get that specific sound achieved on the latest record or the stuff you may be working on now? How much of a perfectionist are you when it comes to prepping your music to be performed night after night for extensive pieces of time on the road?
- S- My gear has not changed for a while. I’m still using the Fractal Axe FX and Carvin Legacy amps. They really suit me. Every now and then I plug in a funky new stomp box and may use it for a while. There is a very cool innovation in the new Digi Tech Whammy pedal. There is a button you can hit with your foot that changes the pitch on the fly. I used it in “Weeping china Doll”. It allows for a unique effect and that’s what I look for in a piece of gear.
- In preparing songs for a tour I usually learn the original parts and will slightly vary them over time. If I like the solo I will keep that too but most of the time I’ll just go off into lala land if elements permit.
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Steve Vai Interview 2013
South America Tour Announced
GUITAR ALCHEMIST STEVE VAI
BRINGS “STORY OF LIGHT 2013 TOUR”
TO MEXICO AND SOUTH AMERICA
“The Story of Light…finds [Vai] continuing to push the envelope as a composer, arranger and, most of all, as a guitarist who continues to raise the bar for himself and others.” – Gibson.com
Nashville, TN – September 25, 2013: After an overwhelming enthusiastic response to his 97 shows performed over the last year on his “Story of Light 2013 Tour,” virtuoso guitarist and visionary composer Steve Vai will bring the tour to Mexico and South America. Fan reviews of the shows have been phenomenal and can be read here at ticketmaster.com.“Steve Vai playing the guitar live: it went beyond just a guy with a guitar, it was more than just some amazing musicians working well together to do their job. Well it could have been Muhammad Ali (in his prime) in the ring. It was David Copperfield. It was Norman Mailer or it was a visit - briefly down to earth - from a guitar god. But it was special. It was truly moving. It was inspiring. And just a little frightening (in an awe-struck way) to see someone that effortlessly good, that impossibly cool. Vai is Zen. Guitar master” is what Stuff.co.nz has said about Vai. The tour is in support The Story Of Light, his critically acclaimed solo album that was released on Favored Nations Entertainment, the label Vai founded in 1999. Vai will kick off this solo run November 26 in Mexico City with additional shows in Guadalajara, Bogata, Santiago and Rio de Janeiro. The Mexico and South American shows are in addition to a full slate of U.S. and Canadian tour dates planned for Oct. 16 – Nov. 23 (a full list of dates is below; visit Vai’s website for ticket information.) The “Story of Light 2013 Tour” features a unique premium package – the Evo Experience – which includes an intimate, up to 1 hour Q&A session with Steve, access to sound check, an exclusive EVO Experience laminate and other Vai merchandise items. EVO Experience premium tickets will be available for purchase through Vai's website, www.Vai.com. A limited number of EVO Experience tickets are available for each show. The Story of Light is Vai’s first studio record in seven years and described by AOL’s Noisecreep as “A brilliant record, fully-loaded with all of the soaring, tasteful playing that defines Vai’s work.” The album’s sprawling and expressive 12-song set continues a conceptual and cosmic narrative arc begun on the artist’s acclaimed album Real Illusions: Reflections (2005.) The storyline follows the journey of a man driven mad by grief, intertwining tragedy, revelation, enlightenment, and redemption. Throughout, three-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Vai’s lead guitar is as lyrically resonant as it is technically masterful, his licks and solos bending sounds and listeners’ minds in equal measure. STEVE VAI MEXICO AND SOUTH AMERICAN “STORY OF LIGHT 2013 TOUR” DATES: 11/26/13 Mexico City, Mexico Metropolitan Theatre 11/28/13 Guadalajara, Mexico Diana Theatre 12/1/13 Caracas, Venezuela Anfiteatro Sambil 12/3/13 Bogota, Columbia Royal Center 12/5/13 Santiago, Chile Teeatro Caupolican 12/7/13 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Circo Voador 12/8/13 Sao Paulo, Brazil CrediCard 12/9/13 Belo Horizonte, Brazil Chevrolet Hall 12/10/13 Brasilia, Brazil Teatro Villa Lobos 12/12/13 Buenos Aires, Argentina Grand Rex STEVE VAI U.S. & CANADA “STORY OF LIGHT 2013 TOUR” DATES: 10/16/13 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst 10/17/13 San Diego, CA House of Blues 10/18/13 Ventura, CA Ventura Theatre 10/19/13 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues 10/20/13 Chandler, AZ Wild Horse Pass – Ovations Showroom 10/22/13 Tucson, AZ Rialto 10/23/13 Flagstaff, AZ Orpheum Theatre 10/24/13 Santa Fe, NM The Lensic 10/26/13 Tyler, TX Click’s 10/27/13 Kansas City, KS Harrah’s Voodoo Lounge 10/29/13 Columbia, MO Blue Note 10/30/13 Springfield, MO Gillioz Theatre 10/31/ 13 Council Bluffs, IA Horseshoe Whiskey Road House 11/1/13 Des Moines, IA Hoyt Sherman 11/2/13 Bloomington, IL The Castle Theater 11/3/13 Joliet, IL Mojoes 11/5/13 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall 11/6/13 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room 11/7/13 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection 11/8/13 Rama, ON Casino Rama 11/9/13 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s 11/10/13 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theatre 11/12/13 Chattanooga, TN Track 29 11/13/13 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theatre 11/14/13 Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen 11/15/13 New Orleans, LA House of Blues 11/16/13 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre 11/17/13 Little Rock, AR Juanita’s 11/19/13 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom 11/20/13 San Antonio, TX Backstage Live 11/21/13 Austin, TX Paramount Theatre 11/22/13 Dallas, TX House of Blues 11/23/13 Houston, TX House of Blues For more information on the tour or new album visit: www.vai.com
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GUITAR ALCHEMIST STEVE VAI’S
“THE STORY OF LIGHT LIVE”
PREMIERE’S ON AXS TV
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2013
“The Story of Light…finds [Vai] continuing to push the envelope as a composer, arranger and, most of all, as a guitarist who continues to raise the bar for himself and others.” – Gibson.com
Nashville, TN – Aug 14, 2013: Virtuoso guitarist and visionary composer Steve Vai presents “The Story Of Light Live,” a full-on spectacle of a concert performed live in Los Angeles. AXS TV will premiere the performance on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm ET with an encore showing on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 12:10 am ET. The three-time Grammy® Award winner Vai, will take the audience on an instrumental journey playing songs from his critically acclaimed latest solo record The Story of Light, which Gibson.com declares “finds him continuing to push the envelope as a composer, arranger and, most of all, as a guitarist who continues to raise the bar for himself and others.” The record was released on Favored Nations Entertainment, the label Vai founded in 1999.
After an overwhelming enthusiastic response to his over 90 shows performed last year on his “Story of Light 2013 Tour,” Vai continues to tour both in Europe and the US. Fan reviews of the shows have been phenomenal and can be read here at ticketmaster.com.
Vai will kick off a US solo run October 16 in Santa Cruz, CA. The Story of Light 2013 Tour will take him throughout the country, with shows in San Diego, Las Vegas, Birmingham, Austin and Houston. (Full List of Dates are below; visit Vai’s website for ticket information.)
The Story of Light 2013 tour will feature a unique premium package -- the Evo Experience – which includes a an in-depth, intimate question and answer session that lasts at least an hour, Q&A session with Vai, access to sound check, an exclusive EVO Experience laminate and other Vai merchandise items. EVO Experience premium tickets will be available for purchase through Vai's website, www.Vai.com. A limited number of EVO Experience tickets are available for each show.
The Story of Light is Vai’s first studio record in seven years and described by AOL’s Noisecreep as “A brilliant record, fully-loaded with all of the soaring, tasteful playing that defines Vai’s work.” The album’s sprawling and expressive 12-song set continues a conceptual and cosmic narrative arc begun on the artist’s acclaimed album Real Illusions: Reflections (2005.) The storyline follows the journey of a man driven mad by grief, intertwining tragedy, revelation, enlightenment, and redemption. Throughout, Vai’s lead guitar is as lyrically resonant as it is technically masterful, his licks and solos bending sounds and listeners’ minds in equal measure.CURRENT TOUR DATES: Wed, Oct 16 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst Thurs, Oct 17 San Diego, CA House of Blues Fri, Oct 18 Ventura, CA Ventura Theater Sat, Oct 19 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues Sun, Oct 20 Chandler, AZ Wild Horse Pass Casino Tues, Oct 22 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre Wed, Oct 23 Flagstaff, AZ Orpheum Theater Thurs, Oct 24 Santa Fe, NM The Lensic Sat, Oct 26 Tyler, TX Click’s Live Sun, Oct 27 Kansas City, MO Harrah’s Voodoo Lounge Tues, Oct 29 Columbia, MO The Blue Note Wed, Oct 30 Springfield, MO Gillioz Theatre Thurs, Oct 31 Council Bluffs, IA Horseshoe Whiskey Road House Fri, Nov 1 Des Moines, IA Hoyt Sherman Sat, Nov 2 Bloomington, IL The Castle Theater Sun, Nov 3 Joilet, IL Mojoes Tues, Nov 5 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall Wed, Nov 6 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room Thurs, Nov 7 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection Fri, Nov 8 Rama, ON Casino Rama * Sat, Nov 9 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s Sun, Nov 10 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theatre Tues, Nov 12 Chattanooga, TN Track 29 Wed, Nov 13 Birmingham, AL Workplay Theatre Thurs, Nov 14 Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen Fri, Nov 15 New Orleans, LA House of Blues Sat, Nov 16 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre Sun, Nov 17 Little Rock, AR Juanita’s Tues, Nov 19 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom Wed, Nov 20 San Antonio, TX Backstage Live Fri, Nov 21 Dallas, TX House of Blues Sat, Nov 23 Houston, TX House of Blues
*EVO experience not available on this date
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