May 30, 2023
Steve Vai Announces Release Of New Studio Album INVIOLATE On 1/28

Steve Vai and Favored Nations / Mascot Label Group present the official music video for “Teeth Of The Hydra.”  Vai shares, “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 sounds emanated from that one created 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.”  He continues, “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 was 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!”

 The performance clip was directed by BJ McDonnell, and produced by John Heller and Jason Salzman. The Director of Photography was Eric Leach, with art direction by Michael Mesker. Greg Wurth was the Sound Engineer and Assistant Editor.

Vai’s new studio album Inviolate debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Current Hard Rock Albums chart. Cumulative streams exceed 5 million, with “Teeth Of The Hydra” accounting for more than one million. 

 The Inviolate World Tour will commence with a European leg of appearances beginning in Glasgow on 4 June 2022. The itinerary will stretch into mid-July, staging performances in the U.K., Ireland, France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Spain. Steve Vai’s North American performances supporting the new album will start on September 28 at The Magnolia in El Cajon, CA. The final show is planned for his hometown of Los Angeles, at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on December 3.  For tickets and a variety of EVO Experience VIP bundles available visit https://www.vai.com

 Vai will be joined by his long-tenured ensemble members Dave Weiner (guitar/keys), Philip Bynoe (bass), and Jeremy Colson (drums).  Vai shares, “It’s amazing to realize that after three years of not performing our show on a stage, it’s now on the horizon, and will start to unfold in Europe this summer.  I can feel the road now and the enthusiastic audiences that we will be connecting with.”

 Confirmed European appearances include:

04 June            Glasgow, UK                                                  o2 Academy

05 June            Manchester, UK                                              The Ritz

07 June            London, UK                                                    Palladium

09 June            Bristol, UK                                                     o2 Academy

10 June            Dublin, Ireland                                               Academy

11 June            Belfast, UK                                                     The Limelight

13 June            Paris, France                                                   Le Trianon

14 June            Strasbourg, France                                          La Laiterie

16 June            Oslo, Norway                                                  Rockefeller

17 June            Bergen, Norway                                              USF Verftet

18 June            Gothenburg, Sweden                                      Pustervik

19 June            Stockholm, Sweden                                        Fållan

20 June            Copenhagen, Denmark                                   Amager Bio

22 June            Lille, France                                                   Splendid

23 June            Clisson, France                                               Hellfest

24 June            Bordeaux-Cenon, France                                Rocher de Palmer

25 June            Nimes, France                                                 Paloma

26 June            Lyon, France                                                   Transbordeur

28 June            Nuremberg, Germany                                     Hirsch

29 June            Linz, Austria                                                   Posthof

01 July            Udine, Italy                                                     Castello

02 July            Macerata, Italy                                                Sferisterio

03 July            Bari, Italy                                                        Teatro Petruzzelli

04 July            Firenze, Italy                                                   Ultravox Arena

05 July            Gardone Riviera, Italy                                    Anfiteatro del Vittoriale

06 July            Zurich, Switzerland                                        Komplex

08 July            Berlin, Germany                                             Columbia Theatre

09 July            Weert, Netherlands                                         Bospop Festival

10 July            Antwerp, Belgium                                          OLT Rivierenhof

12 July            Toulouse, France                                            Le Bikini

14 July            Sancti Petri, Spain                                          Concert Music Festival

15 July            San Javier, Spain                                            San Javier Jazz Festival

16 July            Valencia, Spain                                               Jardin de Viveros

17 July            Vigo, Spain                                                     Auditorio Mar do Vigo

18 July            Madrid, Spain                                                 Noches del Botanico

19 July            Barcelona, Spain                                             Teatro Tivoli

 Confirmed North American appearances include:

9/28     El Cajon, CA                                                  The Magnolia

9/30     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   Bethlehem, PA                                                Musikfest Cafe

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 Temple 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

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