It is with a heavy heart that I announce that Joe “Jem” Despagni had passed away on Tuesday May 29, 2018 in his sleep.
Joe was not only an excellent luthier, he was a brilliantly creative, funny, considerate, and generous person. He was also perhaps my very best friend in this life. When we go through a loss like this, there’s an opportunity for the divine to shine through and I’ve been thinking about him constantly lately [ … Read More ]
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 [ … Read More ]
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 [ … Read More ]
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 [ … Read More ]
Hey folks, Steve here.
I’m thrilled to announce that I will be performing at Disney Hall in Los Angeles with “American Youth Symphony” on March 11, 2017. I’ve been going to concerts at Disney Hall since it was constructed and feel tremendous appreciation to have been invited to perform my music there. The pieces that will be performed are…
1. There’s Still Something Dead In Here (without Steve)
2. Kill the Guy with the Ball (with Steve)
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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.
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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 [ … Read More ]