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Steve Vai Announces New Tour, New Band, New Music & New Live Recording

United States
20 March 2007 — The current Steve Vai newsletter features a note from Vai, the highlight of which is the announcement of a new tour. Commenting that if he didn’t tour now, it may not happen for another two years, he announced the following dates:

  • Jun 28 - Luxembourg
  • Jun 29 - Paris, France
  • Jun 30 - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands
  • Jul 02 - Ingolstadt, Germany
  • Jul 03 - Ulm, Germany
  • Jul 05 - Barcelona, Spain
  • Jul 06 - Valencia, Spain
  • Jul 07 - Murcia, Spain
  • Jul 08 - Bergara, Spain
  • Jul 09 - Porto, Portugal
  • Jul 10 - Lisbon, Portugal
  • Jul 11 - Madrid, Spain
  • Jul 13 - To Be Announced
  • Jul 14 - Udine, Italy
  • Jul 15 - Pistoia, Italy
  • Jul 16 - Rome, Italy
  • Jul 18 - To Be Announced
  • Jul 19 - Wolverhampton, UK
  • Jul 20 - Manchester, UK
  • Jul 21 - Nottingham, UK
  • Jul 22 - London, UK
  • Jul 24 - Dublin, Ireland
  • Jul 26 - To Be Announced
  • Jul 28 - Moscow, Russia

Venues and a few of the cites above will be confirmed shortly. Check the Steve Vai website Tour Dates page for links to tickets for Holland and France which are on sale now. EVO Experiences will be available, except for festival shows.

The band for this tour will feature major changes according to Vai:

“...since it’s a relatively short tour it might be a good opportunity to do something different and perhaps change the band up.

It’s tough. The Breed is like a family to me and although I know that we can probably get together anytime and do a gig or tour, this is may be a good opportunity to try something a little different. Tony and Billy won’t be joining me on this run - but they are actually doing a project together and you won’t want to miss them when they tour Europe in October!

So, since there is no studio album with a firm band that I’m touring on, anything goes. I’m thinking of having a violin player in the band that can understand how to play like a violin player but still rip it up when necessary. Imagine some of those guitar lines doubled with a violin. That’s pretty strung up!

Well, let’s see how auditions go.”

As far as music that they will perform, Steve says it depends on the who ends up in the band: “I would like to do a lot of songs that have never been performed live before, such as “Die to Live,” “Lucky Charms,” the last movement of the “Fire Garden Suite” etc. I’m sure we can do some things from the new Sound Current CD. I have a feeling “The Murder” may be pretty harmonically defiant.”

Writing about his next album, “Real Illusions Part 2”, he comments that since it will be a while before it is finished, this tour could result in a live album of new material, as he did with “Alive in an Ultra World”.

Steve ends with a request that this tour “be an “All Ages” event in every city”.
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