Steve Vai Reveals Details For “Vai Academy 6.0 – Finding Your Note”

Steve Vai has officially revealed the details for “Vai Academy 6.0 – Finding Your Note.” The event will take place on August 4-8, 2022 at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, NV and it will feature: Nuno Bettencourt, Guthrie Govan, Larry Mitchell, Joe Robinson, Billy Sheehan, Yvette Young, and Tommy Emmanuel.

Here’s what fans will be able to take part in during the show:

“Planned activities at the four-day event for players and music lovers of all ages, interests and tastes include jamming with Steve and his band, master classes with Steve in the quest to “find your note,” nightly concerts featuring Steve & Friends, and a special master class and matinee concert by Tommy Emmanuel. There will also be intimate breakout workshops and master classes with Nuno, Guthrie, Larry, Joe, Billy and Yvette. Camper jamming is planned until the break of dawn every night. A signing and photo session will be staged with Vai and team.”

Vai added:

“Anybody that expresses themself on an instrument has a choice of learning what they hear and trying to reproduce it, or listening deeply to their unique musical creativity voice … their ‘note.’ At Vai Academy 6.0, we will be looking into both of these kinds of expressions, but giving great emphasis on ‘finding your note.'”

More information can be found at www.VaiAcademy.com or www.dreamcatcher-events.com.

Steve Vai Announces 2022 U.S Tour

Steve Vai has announced the dates for his massive “Inviolate” U.S. tour. With this news, the guitarist has also confirmed that he is working on a new album. Details regarding that effort are still pending.

Tour Dates:

Jan. 27 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
Jan. 28 – El Cajon, CA – The Magnolia
Jan. 29 – Riverside, CA – Fox Performing Arts Center
Jan. 30 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre
Feb. 01 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Rockwell at The Complex
Feb. 02 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
Feb. 04 – Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre
Feb. 05 – Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre
Feb. 06 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
Feb. 08 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
Feb. 09 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
Feb. 11 – Birmingham, AL – Lyric Theatre
Feb. 12 – Macon, GA – Hargray Capitol Theatre
Feb. 14 – Atlanta, GA – The Eastern
Feb. 15 – Clearwater, FL – Bilheimer Capitol Theatre
Feb. 16 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
Feb. 17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – The Parker
Feb. 18 – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Feb. 19 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
Feb. 21 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall
Feb. 22 – Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere
Feb. 23 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
Feb. 24 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
Feb. 25 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Feb. 26 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre
Feb. 27 – Providence, RI – The Strand
Mar. 01 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
Mar. 02 – Boston, MA – The Wilbur
Mar. 03 – Albany, NY – The Egg
Mar. 04 – Rochester, NY – Kodak Center
Mar. 05 – Harrisburg, PA – Sunoco Theatre
Mar. 06 – Greensburg, PA – Palace Theatre
Mar. 08 – Warren, OH – Packard Music Hall
Mar. 09 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Cathedral Theatre
Mar. 10 – Morgantown, WV – Metropolitan Theatre
Mar. 11 – Louisville, KY – Old Forester’s Paristown Hall
Mar. 12 – Nashville, TN – CMA Theater
Mar. 13 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
Mar. 15 – Chicago, IL – Copernicus Center
Mar. 16 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
Mar. 17 – St. Paul, MN – The Fitzgerald Theater
Mar. 18 – Kansas City, MO – The Uptown Theater
Mar. 19 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
Mar. 20 – Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Place
Mar. 22 – Sioux Falls, SD – The District
Mar. 23 – Fargo, ND – Fargo Theatre
Mar. 25 – Billings, MT – Alberta Bair Theater
Mar. 26 – Bozeman, MT – The ELM
Mar. 27 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma
Mar. 28 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
Mar. 29 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Mar. 31 – Turlock, CA – Turlock Community Theatre
Apr. 01 – Napa, CA – Uptown Theatre Napa
Apr. 02 – Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Vai commented:

“A performer thrives on performing. It’s been my life for the past 49 years, with the exception of the last two years, so we are chomping at the bit to get out there and play for people. A music concert has the ability to dissolve the many challenges we face, and celebrate one of the good things in life, live music.”

Steve Vai Says He “Won’t Be Able To Play For A While” Following Trigger Finger Surgery

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.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Steve Vai Premieres New Song “Candle Power”

Steve Vai has premiered a new song titled “Candle Power.” You can check that out below:

Vai commented:

“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.

Enjoy!”

Devin Townsend & Steve Vai Reunite Onstage For The First Time In 25 Years

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 & Steve Vai To Reunite Onstage For The First Time In 25 Years

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!”