Steve Vai Premieres “Teeth Of The Hydra” Music Video

Steve Vai has premiered a new video for his song “Teeth Of The Hydra.” This track is from his latest album “Inviolate.”

Vai commented:

“The idea for this guitar and track came to me roughly seven years ago. I envisioned composing and performing a piece of music on a multi-neck instrument where all of the sound emanated from that one creation with the exception of some keyboards and drums. I sent my ideas to Ibanez, and their builders delivered this astonishing wooden creature. I was stunned. It was awesome. When I first laid eyes on it, I named it the Hydra, and instantly knew the name of the song would be ‘Teeth Of The Hydra’.

A Hydra is a dragon-like creature from Greek mythology possessing various heads. For every head chopped off, two would grow in its place. I then set out to write a piece of music that utilized all the features of the Hydra, but could also stand on its own as an enjoyable composition with a sultry melody and heavy dynamics. When I finally sat with the Hydra and started to contemplate writing this piece and how I was to navigate the instrument in a seamless way, for a moment it seemed impossible. I just started slowly, and it all began to unfold very naturally.

Things that can seem impossible don’t seem so impossible once you just start doing them. Every new discovery and accomplishment were treated as a joyous victory, even if it only involved figuring out one bar of music. The overall inner vision was the guide through the process, but with every accomplishment, the process became more and more addictive. I became immersed in the splendors of the Hydra. It was a meditative experience, and on the day that it all finally clicked, performing the song felt like stillness in motion — that’s when the performance becomes virtually effortless, and the freedom of present-moment expression has you feeling as if your feet are about a foot off the ground. The exhilaration can be overwhelming at times. I’m very happy with the way the video came out, and having BJ McDonnell as director, along with his amazing crew, was vital. Enjoy!”

Steve Vai Announces European/UK Tour

Steve Vai has announced a summer European/UK tour. He will be touring in support of his latest album “Inviolate.”

Tour Dates:

06/04 Glasgow, UK – o2 Academy
06/05 Manchester, UK – The Ritz
06/07 London, UK – Palladium
06/09 Bristol, UK – o2 Academy
06/10 Dublin, Ireland – Academy
06/11 Belfast, UK – The Limelight
06/13 Paris, France – Le Trianon
06/14 Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie
06/16 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
06/17 Bergen, Norway – USF Verftet
06/18 Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik
06/19 Stockholm, Sweden – Fållan
06/20 Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
06/22 Lille, France – Splendid
06/23 Clisson, France – Hellfest
06/24 Bordeaux-Cenon, France – Rocher de Palmer
06/25 Nimes, France – Paloma
06/26 Lyon, France – Transbordeur
06/28 Nuremberg, Germany – Hirsch
06/29 Linz, Austria – Posthof
07/01 Udine, Italy – Castello
07/02 Macerata, Italy – Sferisterio
07/03 Bari, Italy – Teatro Petruzzelli
07/04 Firenze, Italy – Ultravox Arena
07/05 Gardone Riviera, Italy – Anfiteatro del Vittoriale
07/06 Zurich, Switzerland – Komplex
07/08 Berlin, Germany – Columbia Theatre
07/09 Weert, Netherlands – Bospop Festival
07/10 Antwerp, Belgium – OLT Rivierenhof
07/12 Toulouse, France – Le Bikini
07/14 Sancti Petri, Spain – Concert Music Festival
07/16 Valencia, Spain – Jardin de Viveros
07/17 Vigo, Spain – Auditorio Mar do Vigo
07/19 Barcelona, Spain – Teatro Tivoli

Steve Vai Teams Up With Ibanez For New One-Of-A-Kind Instrument “Hydra”

Steve Vai has joined forces with Ibanez to create a new one-of-a-kind instrument called the “Hydra.” The instrument is “a one-bodied, two-headstock-ed, three-neck-ed creature that encompasses, among other things: 7 and 12-string guitars; a 4-string ¾ scale length bass; 13 sympathetic harp strings; half-fretless necks; single-coil, humbucking, piezo, MIDI and sustainer pickups; floating and hardtail tremolo bridges; phase splitters; and much, much more.”

Vai said the following:

“We absolutely respected this instrument by having the brilliant Garson Yu and his team at yU+co create this phenomenal Hydra reveal video. The guitar geek in me is stunned every time I see it. This video captures the splendor and mystique of the Hydra in intimate detail. The conception and construction of the instrument was a monumental feat of creativity by a whole group of inspired people, and I could not be more happy with the way this video came out. Imagine being a half an inch tall and exploring the Hydra as an adventurer. It would be like exploring an alien planet. Sign me up!”

Garson Yu of yU+co added:

“When I first saw the instrument at Steve’s studio, I was stunned. I thought this was a creation that didn’t belong here on earth — it looked extraterrestrial to me. When Steve played a track that he composed with the Hydra, I told him that it sounds so transparent and open, complex and spiritual on many levels. When we were filming, I put the guitar on the turntable and looked through the lens: It looked like an alien spaceship. It’s epic. I told myself we need to create a video that has the same transcendent feeling of this instrument. My team and I are honored to be part of it.”

Ibanez artist relations manager Mike Orrigo also commented:

“The ‘Hydra’, as Mr. Vai has appropriately dubbed it, started off as a concept that Steve approached Ibanez with several years ago. While it was understood then that the task to turn Steve’s vision into reality would be a tremendous undertaking, we were undeterred by the challenge. Fueled by Steve’s inspiration, our team of designers, engineers, and luthiers worked tirelessly together in order to create a truly one-of-a-kind instrument, remaining as true to the initial vision as possible. This incredible reveal video, produced by yU+co, perfectly captures the same feeling of awe and amazement that this magnificent beast of an instrument imparts on to all who are able to witness it in person!”

A one-of-one NFT featuring the “Hydra” reveal video will be auctioned via OpenSea on January 28, the same day Vai’s new album “Inviolate” will be released. The guitarist said the following about that:

“I feel this instrument has the potential to be historical. It’s unique in various ways and its construction is inspired. And there’s a song that was written on it that honors the potential of the instrument. This “Hydra reveal video” is the first video made that intimately details many of the unique aspects this guitar embodies.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Steve Vai Postpones North American Tour

Steve Vai has postponed his upcoming North American tour. The trek is now scheduled for fall 2022.

Tour Dates:

09/28 El Cajon, CA – The Magnolia
09/30 Riverside, CA – Fox Performing Arts Center
10/01 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
10/02 Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre
10/04 Salt Lake City, UT – The Rockwell at The Complex
10/05 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
10/07 Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre
10/08 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
10/09 San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
10/11 Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre
10/12 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
10/14 Birmingham, AL – Lyric Theatre
10/15 Macon, GA – Hargray Capitol Theatre
10/16 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
10/18 Clearwater, FL – Bilheimer Capitol Theatre
10/19 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – The Parker
10/20 Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
10/21 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
10/22 Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall
10/23 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
10/25 Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere
10/26 Harrisburg, PA – [to be determined]
10/27 Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre
10/28 Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
10/29 Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
10/30 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
11/01 New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
11/02 Providence, RI – The Strand
11/03 Boston, MA – The Wilbur
11/04 Rochester, NY – Kodak Center
11/05 Albany, NY – The Egg
11/07 Greensburg, PA – Palace Theatre
11/08 Warren, OH – Packard Music Hall
11/10 Detroit, MI – Masonic Cathedral Theatre
11/11 Morgantown, WV – Metropolitan Theatre
11/12 Nashville, TN – CMA Theatre
11/13 Louisville, KY – Old Forester’s Paristown Hall
11/14 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
11/16 Chicago, IL – Copernicus Center
11/18 St. Paul, MN – Fitzgerald Theater
11/19 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
11/20 Kansas City, MO – The Uptown Theater
11/21 Sioux Falls, SD – The District
11/22 Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Place
11/23 Fargo, ND – Fargo Theatre
11/25 Bozeman, MT – The ELM
11/26 Missoula, MT – The Wilma
11/27 Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
11/28 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
11/30 Turlock, CA – Turlock Community Theatre
12/02 Napa, CA – Uptown Theatre Napa
12/03 Los Angeles, CA – Theatre at Ace Hotel

The following statement was issued:

“Steve Vai has postponed his planned tour of North America until the Fall. The first U.S. leg of dates will now begin on Wednesday, September 28 in El Cajon, CA and wrap the first week of December. The itinerary will now feature performances in 52 markets as opposed to the initial plan of staging 54 shows. All ticket and VIP purchases will be honored for the rescheduled date. Vai’s performance in Atlanta, GA will now take place at the Variety Playhouse instead of The Eastern and due to scheduling conflicts, the Milwaukee, WI and Billings, MT shows will no longer be a part of the tour.

Approximately one year ago, Vai underwent shoulder surgery to repair an injury. That procedure was successful, enabling him to record the upcoming studio album release of Inviolate (Favored Nations / Mascot Label Group). In preparing for the tour, it became clear that a new injury emerged that requires another surgery prohibiting the tour to be staged as announced.”

Vai himself added:

“I’m gutted that we have to move this tour, but I also know it’s in the best interests for us and the fans that we do.”

Steve Vai Premieres New Song “Zeus In Chains”

Steve Vai has premiered a new song titled “Zeus In Chains.” This track is from his new album “Inviolate,” which will be released on January 28 (vinyl out March 18). Vai said the following about the new song:

“The title for this track ‘Zeus In Chains’ was told to me by the track when I was listening back and asked it… ‘What’s your name?’ This happened during the heavy guitar breakdown with the dissonant high note that happens right before the solo. It sounded like Zeus in chains. Hey, it’s art. You can make up anything you want and it’s legitimate.”

Steve Vai Premieres “Little Pretty” Music Video

Steve Vai has premiered a new video for his song “Little Pretty.” This track is from his new album “Inviolate,” which will be released on January 28 (vinyl out March 18).

Vai commented:

“In writing the chord changes for the solo section, and the solo itself, I dug deep into my academic music theory mind to create a set of chord changes where the harmonic atmosphere shifted on every change. The dense chord structures required a series of synthetic modes to navigate. This approach is along the lines of jazz and fusion players, but I knew I did not want it to sound anything like that and the solo had to be totally melodic. The results were pretty powerful in that the entire solo section evokes melodic atmospheric changes that shift dramatically but work together well.”

He also added:

“I am also wishing all a very happy and restful holiday season. You will need it because I predict in 2022, we will all be out there working together again and blowing up that bridge!”

Steve Vai To Release New Album “Inviolate” In January, Shares New Song “Little Pretty”

Steve Vai has announced that he will be releasing a new album, titled “Inviolate,” on January 28 (vinyl out March 18). Here’s the cover art and track listing:

“Inviolate” Track Listing:

01. “Teeth Of The Hydra”
02. “Zeus In Chains”
03. “Little Pretty”
04. “Candle Power”
05. “Apollo In Color”
06. “Avalancha”
07. “Greenish Blues”
08. “Knappsack”
09. “Sandman Cloud Mist”

Vai said the following about the record:

“I don’t sit around and say, ‘Okay, what can I do now that pushes the boundaries? What I do say to myself is, ‘Okay, Vai – what are you going to do now that’s going to interest you, that’s going to fascinate you, and that’s different than anything you’ve done before?'”

“It’s very ‘Vai,’ whatever that means. Someone else might be better than me at explaining what that is. But it’s just very honest music. Because a lot of my records, they’re long and there’s a lot of concepts and playing around with stories. This one has none of that. This is nine pretty dense all-instrumental compositions that I wanted to capture and record so I could get out there and play them live for people.”

“One of the great things about the guitar is you don’t need to be a virtuoso to express your creative vision. I mean, Bob Dylan plays the guitar perfectly well for his expression. So does John McLaughlin. You just need to decide how much technique you want or need to get there. For myself, I came out of the chute wanting and needing it all. When it comes to my music, I don’t feel like I have to prove anything or conform to anything. I just love to think up creative ideas, and then use whatever skill I have to manifest them.”

“An inviolate inspiration is one that comes to you completely pure. It appears almost in its completeness, and there’s a recognition of it as being right for you – perfectly right for you. There’s no excuses in it. There’s no fantasy in it. There’s just a recognition of ‘yes.’ And then you capture that in a way that’s authentic to your unique creativity. Hopefully, that’s what I’ve done with this record.”

A new song from the album, titled “Little Pretty,” can be found below. That track was played on a Gretsch hollow body guitar. Vai said the following about that:

“It’s on the wall with all the other guitars, and I’d always just look at it and go, ‘One day I’m going to play you…’ In writing the chord changes for the solo section, and the solo itself, I dug deep into my academic music theory mind to create a set of chord changes where the harmonic atmosphere shifted on every change. The dense chord structures required a series of synthetic modes to navigate. This approach is along the lines of jazz and fusion players, but I knew I did not want it to sound anything like that and the solo had to be totally melodic. The results were pretty powerful in that the entire solo section evokes melodic atmospheric changes that shift dramatically but work together well.”

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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