Guitar legend Steve Vai will release his concert film and live album Live In Minneapolis – Where The Wild Things Are on September 29th, 2009 through Favored Nations Records. The show was recorded and filmed at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN before a sold-out audience as part of Vai’s successful “Sound Theories” world tour.
Vai is widely known for both his unprecedented guitar playing techniques and the unique design of his signature series Ibanez Jem guitar. But his fans have become inextricably drawn to his melodic depth, and dynamic stage performance. The continued evolution of his craft is made apparent in the astonishing musicianship presented in Live In Minneapolis – Where The Wild Things Are. The 2 hour and 40 minute set contains several new tracks and re-orchestrated pieces culled from his rich catalog. His guitar-wielding extravaganza in ‘The Murder’ is an artistic performance piece that must be seen to be believed. [view the trailer in High Def onYouTube and Vimeo and share with a friend!]
The addition of virtuoso violinists Alex DePue and Ann Marie Calhoun add a dazzling dimension to Vai’s compositions and stage show, delivering fans the unexpected edge they always expect. Other world-class musicians chosen for Vai’s band are: Bryan Beller (bass), Jeremy Colson(drums), Dave Weiner (guitar and sitar) and Zack Wiesinger (lap steel).
“When I put a band and a show together I try to create an entertainment experience that I would like to have if I was sitting in the audience,” explains Vai. “I like to witness great musicianship but nothing too cerebral or overindulgent, I like to be stimulated by a large dynamic range of emotional intensities and melodic richness, I enjoy when people love their instrument and it shows by their oneness with it, I like to feel as though I’m part of a family with the audience and the band, and I like to walk away feeling uplifted and not beat up by somebody’s ego or the things they hate about themselves and the world. And of course I want a cool t-shirt.”
Live In Minneapolis – Where The Wild Things Are is available on DVD, Blu-ray, and audio CD on September 29th.
Stay tuned for news regarding pre-order packages, as well as details and ticket info for the Live In Minneapolis – Where The Wild Things Are charity benefit screening and auction in Hollywood, CA on September 15.
DVD/BD TRACK LISTING
1. Paint Me Your Face
CD TRACK LISTING
1. Paint Me Your Face
DVD/BLU-RAY: Filmed in 720p HD • 5.1 Surround Sound • PCM Stereo • Feature-Length Audio Commentary with Steve & Band • Region-free • 20 Page Color Booklet • Total Running Time: 2 Hours 40 Minutes (Show) • 1 Hour (Bonus Material). CD AUDIO: 15 Tracks • Running Time: 77 Minutes • 8 Page Color Booklet.