Steve Vai on UK TV

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I recently emailed Steve's Manager with ref to an appearance on 'The Later' show. Ruta was kind enough to reply. Here is her email...
Ruta wrote:Dear Mr. .............,

Thank you for your email. Sony Music will certainly try to arrange an
appearance on the show.

Thank you for your suggestion.

Ruta
I wrote:Hi Ruta

RE: Steve on Later with Jools Holland show

I would like to give my support to the idea of Steve appearing on
the 'Later with Jools Holland' show on the BBC here in the UK. You
may be aware that there is a thread on the vai.com forum devoted to
the subject. Numerous forum users have emailed the BBC asking them
to include Steve on a future show.

'The Later' show is the most respected music show on British TV,
with a huge range of artists performing live, from REM and Metallica
to obscure African groups. The show would be a perfect platform for
Steve to expose his music to a much wider audience in the UK.

'The Later' website is http://www.bbc.co.uk/later/

Thank you for your time.

Kind Regards
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Lets hope something comes of this. :wink:

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anything?
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i just seen this thread and thought steve vai on the bbc ive gotta see that so i mailes them too :D

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OO OO just found this thread, goes directly to email beeb


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Just sent an email there to the guys at later'

Thing is though, would steve come all the way over here you think to do a show? it would be great if he did though wouldnt it. Jules Holland and Steve Vai performing Fire Garden Suit....omg lol it would be soo good. I'd rather see Steve play his own stuff mind you :D
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I suppose Steve could do the show when he was over here on tour rather than make a special journey-that means this summer/autumn! So maybe we need to start bombarding the BBC with emails soon so they can start getting their wheels in motion. Later... must have the idea that there is a bit of demand for an artists like Vai from our previous emails, but a last big push may be a good idea. Perhaps emails from different accounts saying how exciting his music is etc?

Anybody have any friends or acquaintances who work in the Beeb radio/television? It could be a good time to ask a favour!

I noticed they had Eric Clapt-Out performing on the Hogmanay show. Did anybody see him? I could barely keep my eyes open and I've never seen anybody play lead guitar licks exclusively with just two fingers (1st and 3rd)! It was weird since he had to really angle his hand to get those bigger stretches. I was just willing him to use his pinky before his hand split in half, it looked that painful! And of course it might allow him to play something a little fresher than his material of late. Sorry-I'm not a fan, as yo can tell!

As to what material Vai should play if he gets the gig, well I think he should play safe with mesmerizing numbers like FtLoG and WaP or up tempo rockers like Attitude Song or Erotic Nightmares. Remember he'd be playing to a British audience who's everyday diet of music is the top 40 and at best Franz Ferdinand etc-so they're going to be flabby and lethargic and need easing into real music! We would want Steve to jellify their brains with his magic, would we?!
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Sent them an email. Hopefull we'll get him on.
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IF the jools Holland thing comes off..will VAI.COM get grabs at tickets ??

would be cool if it was made possible :wink: :D
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Sent my mail in too.

He can play all different styles not one track could you say is ever the same. appeals to all ages all races.so much history in the music industry. the people he's worked with. I just find it utterly bizarre Steve is not already appearing on shows worldwide.

imagine this if you will, could you imagine In my dreams with you with ole DT on re release gaining uk airtime on every radio in the bristish isles as a mere smidgen of what could be possible.

DAMM theres so much more!

but lets just take time out here to think

would Steve enjoy being in the same class along with others, to me i kinda feel he stands out there on his own and would hate to see him fall into those catergories, i don't know its easy to fall into the trap of comercialism as we all know this industry can also bring great cakka with it. some bands artists wish to be out of that kind of rat race. theres a very thin line i think. the attitudes of some people i'e media, public etc begin to focus on a succsessive person in the wrong ways, in which can bring alot of pressure,worry. I guess if your comfortable with it and have ease in what you know to be true none of that will matter. I guess i'm talking out my arse but its something that has had me thinking about from time to time with Steve and many others.


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I think I can see what you're saying Kitty. If Steve came to the attention of, and was adopted by, the the mainstream, would his 'artisic integrity' be compromised by the need to satisfy the commercial nature of popular music?

Not likely, because it just wouldn't happen! The mainstream is the mainstream because it iis bland and like everything else around it! Even groups in the current charts who are deemed to have a new voice and something new to say are pretty bland compared to other stuff out there within their own genre. Steve's music really is pretty unique. Nobody sounds like him although there are other instrumental rockers out there. So it's unlikely that he'd be accepted into the mainstream and thus not have to choose between his musical integrity and commercial pressures.

I think you'd better pass me that wet kipper...............
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Gary2005 wrote:Just sent an email there to the guys at later'

Thing is though, would steve come all the way over here you think to do a show? it would be great if he did though wouldnt it. Jules Holland and Steve Vai performing Fire Garden Suit....omg lol it would be soo good. I'd rather see Steve play his own stuff mind you :D
Presumably we're talking about September, which is when Steve says he'll be over here for our leg of the Real Illusions tour. That would be awesome, my only hope would be that he didn't play something ultra-obscure or 'heavy listening'; if he went for something like Tender Surrender, FTLOG, Hand on heart, Juice.... that would be great.
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Big Bad Bill wrote:I think I can see what you're saying Kitty. If Steve came to the attention of, and was adopted by, the the mainstream, would his 'artisic integrity' be compromised by the need to satisfy the commercial nature of popular music?

Not likely, because it just wouldn't happen! The mainstream is the mainstream because it iis bland and like everything else around it! Even groups in the current charts who are deemed to have a new voice and something new to say are pretty bland compared to other stuff out there within their own genre. Steve's music really is pretty unique. Nobody sounds like him although there are other instrumental rockers out there. So it's unlikely that he'd be accepted into the mainstream and thus not have to choose between his musical integrity and commercial pressures.

I think you'd better pass me that wet kipper...............
yep you got me :wink:
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Perhaps we should try emailing Sony (Epic?). Money is the motivating factor for organisations like this (he says, cynically)-sorry, I mean the promotion of true musical art to the wider public is important to them, so if we can suggest that an appearence on 'Later with Jools Holland' on the good ol' BBC will get Steve good publicity (which it will) and help them shift more 'units'-sorry again- I mean enlighten the public to the beautiful music Steve plays and increase their well-being, then it might just do the trick!

Anyone have any ideas who in Sony to email? Anybody know anybody who works for Sony?

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I'm good friends with alot of people who work for Sony uk, most of them are A&R men but i dunno if there would be much point in me talking to them :/
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Perfect, Gary2005-they might be able to tell you the email address of somebody worth talking to!

I think they'd be just the right people to talk to. Take them out for a beer down Byres Road or something!

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