'King of the Space Age Guitar' Steve Vai has announced plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of his landmark 'Passion And Warfare' album. As well as embarking on a world tour where the virtuoso plans to perform key tracks from the release, a special edition expanded reissue of the album is also in the works.
The celebrations begin with a performance at the World Guitar Festival in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada on May 28, 2016, which will mark the first date of the 'Passion and Warfare' 25th Anniversary Tour.
Following on, Via and band will beging an extensive run in Europe that will include stops in Scotland, England, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and many other countries. The tour will then arrive in the United States in October, with additional concerts in America and elsewhere to be announced at a later date.
The tour is set to feature a unique premium package: the Passion and Warfare EVO Experience. A limited number of EVO Experience tickets will be available for each show, with tickets available shortly form www.Vai.com.
An announcement regarding the release by Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings of the 'Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition' is set to follow. Details so far include plans for a remastered version of the original recording featuring four bonus tracks, and a new companion bonus album called 'Modern Primitive', that will include previously unreleased material.
Finally, Vai will also be performing select G3 dates with Joe Satriani and The Aristrocrats in Italy and Germany during the month of July.
Speaking exclusively to eonmusic at the Classic Rock Awards in London in November 2015, Joe Satriani - a lifelong friend and former tutor of Vai said; "when we first met each other, I was actually taller than he was, he was just a little kid, and he’s still upset about that [laughs]. But after a couple of lessons, even within the first six or nine months I knew he was going to be great, and we became sort of like comrades"
When pressed if there was still a little competition between the two he commented; "we’re interested to see what the other guy’s coming up with, we’re fascinated by it, truly. We wouldn’t steal it, I don’t think, but it’s great to have friends who you trust that will inspire you and push you. That’s what the G3 shows are all about. You know, it’s pretty frightening when you’re standing next to Steve Vai, and then it’s your turn to play something, but it’s the best kind of push".
Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour Dates:
May 28 – Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec – World Guitar Festival
June 1 – Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABC Glasgow
June 2 – London, England – London Palladium
June 3 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, England – O2 Academy Newcastle
June 5 – Manchester, England – O2 Ritz Manchester
June 6 – Brighton, England – The Dome
June 7 – Bristol, England – Academy
June 9 – Helsinki, Finland – The House of Culture
June 11 – Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
June 12 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller Music Hall
June 13 – Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Medis, Ballroom
June 14 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
June 15 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Pusterviksbaren
June 17 – Leuven, Belgium – Het Depot
June 18 – Gutenstetten, Germany – Ibanez Guitar Festival
June 20 – Warsaw, Poland – Progresja
June 21 – Prague, Czech Republic – Lucerna Music Bar
June 23 – Vienna, Austria – Simm City
June 24 – Dornbirn, Austria – Conrad Sohm
June 26 – Paris, France – Le Trianon
June 27 – Solothurn, Switzerland – Kofmehl
June 28 – Schaffhausen, Switzerland – Kammgarn
June 29 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – den Atelier
June 30 – Lausanne, Switzerland – Les Docks
July 2 – Rome, Italy – Rock In Roma (G3 with Joe Satriani & The Aristocrats)
July 3 – Sogliano Al Rubicone, Italy (G3 with Joe Satriani & The Aristocrats)
July 4 – Ascoli Piceno, Itlay – Piazza del Popolo (G3 with Joe Satriani & The Aristocrats)
July 5 – Grugliasco, Italy – Gru Village (G3 with Joe Satriani & The Aristocrats)
July 6 – Gardone Riviera, Italy – Teatro del Vittoriale
July 7 – Udine, Italy – Castello di Udine
July 10 – Weert, Netherlands – Bospop Festival
July 11 – Munich, Germany – Circus Krone (G3 with Joe Satriani & The Aristocrats)
July 12 – Offenbach A. Main, Germany – Stadthalle (G3 with Joe Satriani & The Aristocrats)
July 13 – Bonn, Germany – Kunst!rasen (G3 with Joe Satriani & The Aristocrats)
July 16 – Cordoba, Spain – Anfiteatro Axerquia
July 17 – San Javier, Spain – Auditrio Parque Almansa
July 18 – Madrid, Spain – Jardines de la Complutense
July 19 – Valencia, Spain – Jardines de los Viveros
July 20 – Palma, Spain – Teatro Trui
July 21 – Barcelona, Spain – BARTS Club Paral.lel 62
July 23 – Lisbon, Portugal – Cultural Centre of Belem
July 24 – Vila, Portugal – Hard Club
July 28 – Budapest, Hungary – Park Budapest
July 30 – Tbilisi, Georgia – Tbilisi Open Air