During an appearance on the “Guitar Villains” video podcast, Steve Vai discussed his recent trigger finger surgery. The guitarist says he had to undergo the operation after injuring himself while working on a new “acoustic vocal” album:
“I was doing this fun thing, and I had to put my thumb in this really weird position. And I had to kind of hold this chord really for a long time — I was meditating on it. And I knew it was a hard position, and I just kept sitting there and playing it and playing and playing, and 20 minutes later, I’d kind of come out, and I [felt pain in my hand]. So I kind of sprained this, and then, all of a sudden, I developed trigger finger… My wife said, ‘Don’t show anybody,’ ’cause they did that operation and they cut in there, and the guy’s fooling around with everything in there, and it’s really bizarre. But it’s all fine — it’s something very simple that they can fix. But I won’t be able to play for a while.”
Steve Vai has premiered a new song titled “Candle Power.” You can check that out below:
“Hey Folks, Vai here. I wanted to challenge myself for my 60th birthday and decided to record a simple trio track. I gave myself some parameters to work within. I told myself I would use a Strat style guitar, (tougher for me to play then a Jem) use a very clean tone, (not conventional for me) no whammy bar, (that’s like losing a body part for me) and no pick, just fingers (way out of my comfort zone).
I also had this idea for a particular type of riff that can only really be played on a guitar with no whammy bar. It’s a technique that I call ‘joint shifting’ This is where you bend a note while fretting another, but I wanted to do this technique with a combination of double and triple stop single note bends while fretting other notes and releasing bends. After considerable experimenting, I discovered it created a unique sounding passage. You can hear this technique on a few sections of the song. I certainly hope other ambitious guitar player see the potential in this technique and take it to the moon!
We shot this quick little video of me performing the track at my Harmony Hut studio.
During this period, the world is slowly starting to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Many people are still facing challenges and are eager to find entertainment on the internet. I have seen the best come out in many people during this challenging time. When people join together with a common positive intention, the power surge they create within the collective is the healing element that is most needed. Like many little candles coming together to burn as bright as a star.
I needed a title for the song, and with the above in mind, and the fact that it’s my 60th, I choose the title ‘Candle Power.’ We are even issuing a limited edition commemorative ‘Candle Power’ candle in the new vai.com merch store that also comes with a high-quality download of the song: www.vaimerch.com.
During the 2017 Starmus Festival: Live And The Universe science and arts event in Trondheim, Norway, Devin Townsend joined Steve Vai onstage for the first time in 25 years. You can see footage of them performing “Here And Now” below:
Devin Townsend was recently interviewed by eonmusic.co.uk, and revealed that he will take the stage with Steve Vai for the first time in 25 years. That performance will take place at the Starmus Festival: Live And The Universe science and arts event, which will be held on June 18-23 in Trondheim, Norway. Townsend said the following:
“We’re doing one of my songs with an orchestra, and I’m singing with him for the first time in 25 years. I’m also playing some of his stuff, so I think, now that I’ve been elevated to Riff Lord, I may get a promotion!”