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:

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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!”

Dave Grohl, Sammy Hagar Etc. Set For Fourth Annual Acoustic 4 A Cure Benefit

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Don Felder (ex-Eagles), Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Sammy Hagar, Vic Johnson (The Circle, etc.), Sarah McLachlan, Steve Vai, and Bob Weir (Grateful Dead) have been set for the fourth annual Acoustic 4 A Cure benefit. This special acoustic show benefits the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and will be held at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA, on May 15. The event usually features James Hetfield as well, but with Metallica’s busy tour schedule Grohl was recruited to fill in.

Incubus To Headline Desmond Tutu Tribute Concert

Incubus will be headlining a special acoustic event on the 85th birthday of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who is a leader in the South African anti-Apartheid movement and an advocate for human rights around the world. The event will take place on October 7, at The Saban Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, and will also include: Steve Vai, Donovan, Spencer Davis, Fishbone and more. Proceeds from the show will go towards the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation.

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Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt & Tosin Abasi To Tour Together As Generation Axe

Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, etc.), Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders) will be heading out on tour together under the name Generation Axe. The official press release for the trek said the following:

“The Generation Axe fan experience will go way beyond simply gathering five guitar greats on one stage to jam. Each tour stop will include a variety of collaborations by the five players, including everyone performing together as one cohesive band with a rhythm section including Pete Griffin (Dweezil Zappa, Stanley Clarke, Edgar Winter) on bass and Nick Marinovich (Yngwie Malmsteen) on keys. Vai, Wylde, Malmsteen, Bettencourt and Abasi will perform songs from their various catalogs and join forces on some well-known songs (as well as probably a few unexpected, unearthed gems). “

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Tickets can be found HERE, and you can check out the dates below:

04/05 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
04/06 Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
04/08 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
04/09 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
04/10 San Diego, CA – Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay
04/11 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
04/13 Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
04/15 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre
04/16 Salina, KS – The Stiefel Theatre
04/17 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
04/18 Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
04/20 Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
04/21 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
04/23 Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College
04/24 Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
04/25 Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
04/26 Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre
04/27 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
04/29 Chicago, IL – Copernicus Center
05/01 Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre
05/02 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
05/04 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
05/05 Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theater
05/06 Westbury, NY – Theatre at Westbury
05/07 Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
05/08 Providence, RI – Providence Performing Arts Center

Devin Townsend To Record New Album In March

In a new interview with Metal Wani, Devin Townsend revealed that he will be hitting the studio on March 27 to work on a new album. If things go according to plan, it should be out in September

Townsend said the folliwing (transcribed by The PRP):

“It’s about getting over it, getting over yourself, getting over… all that stuff. And I’m not saying that I am, but the point of it is that seems be the next step, right? You know I’ll get into situations with people that I’ll be really irritated by them.

And recently there’s been this sort of thing that’s been going on in my process, where I’m like ‘this is your problem,’ this is not the person that needs to change, it’s you and how you’re reacting to them and that’s kind of new.

I think it’s because I have been so pigheaded and so selfish about so many things for so many years, I’ve spent a lot of time feeling that ‘that person needs to change’ and ‘this person needs to change.’ So in a sense this record, it’s based around the sense of like what needs to change is your reaction to these things and not them.”

On another note, he also talked about a new track with Steve Vai:

“Steve asked me to sing a bonus track for the reissue of his “Passion And Warfare” record. And yeah, I did it at my house, which was a nice change. But I sang all his melodies and did all what he asked me to do and it was a really nice way to connect with him…”