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Inviolate out today!

My new record “Inviolate” is out today. The release day of a new record for an artist can feel like finally giving birth! I enjoy my life as a musician very much and days like today are those special moments. That feeling of enthusiasm to write, record and perform music has never left me, and “Inviolate” is the evolution of all of that. I believe those who enjoy what I do will get some fulfilling listening pleasure out of it, and perhaps some nice surprises.

US 2022 Inviolate Tour postponed!

Steve Vai has postponed his planned tour of North America until the Fall. The first U.S. leg of dates will now begin on Wednesday, September 28 in El Cajon, CA and wrap the first week of December. The itinerary will now feature performances in 52 markets as opposed to the initial plan of staging 54 shows. All ticket and VIP purchases will be honored for the rescheduled date. Vai’s performance in Atlanta, GA will now take place at the Variety Playhouse instead of The Eastern and due to scheduling conflicts, the Milwaukee, WI and Billings, MT shows will no longer be a part of the tour.

Approximately one year ago, Vai underwent shoulder surgery to repair an injury. That procedure was successful, enabling him to record the upcoming studio album release of Inviolate (Favored Nations / Mascot Label Group). In preparing for the tour, it became clear that a new injury emerged that requires another surgery prohibiting the tour to be staged as announced.

Vai shares, “I’m gutted that we have to move this tour, but I also know it’s in the best interests for us and the fans that we do.”

The following appearances are confirmed:
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 Scottsdale, 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 Harrisburg, PA TBD
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 Cathedral 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

Happy happy merry merry!

Greetings Folks,
I want to wish you all the happiest of holiday seasons and a prosperous 2022 and beyond beyond.

I hope you have all found some silver linings over this last year. What I do to help myself get through the Covid challenges is to reflect on all the ways the pandemic has actually helped myself and my family. So I decided to write a list of 10 things that I have come to appreciate about this challenge.

1. Through the lockdown we spent more time together as a family and still do. That’s a really good thing.

2. I used the downtime to work on some pretty challenging guitar techniques. Check out “Candle Power”, “Knappsack” and most challenging “Teeth of the Hydra”. I don’t believe I would have gotten to these tracks without the time lockdown provided.

3. I used the time to record, and almost finish, a solo acoustic guitar/vocal record. I was inspired to finally do this after I uploaded the solo acoustic/vocal version of “The Moon and I”. The response was very encouraging, thank you. I’m really loving this record. It’s obviously unlike all the others. I had to shelve it to complete Inviolate so I could get on tour, but I hope to finish it and have it out in 2022.

4. The lockdown was perfect timing to get some much needed surgical work done on my shoulder and finger. The surgery was last December (2020) and all is well with those issues. Unfortunately I tore another tendon in my shoulder but I’m still able to play and this one might heal on its own. We’ll see.

5. Us musicians are a very resilient bunch of people and through this pandemic, we found ways to continue to co-create. Like many other musicians during lockdown, I started sharing files with others so they can put their parts down and send them back. This was new for me for sure. I’m usually hovering over every musician and policing whatever they play, but in this case I ended up sending tracks to my band to put their parts and also some other outstanding musicians who contributed such as Dave Rosenthal, Vinny Colaiuta, Terry Bozzio, Henrik Linder, and Bryan Beller. These artists secured their dazzling artistry on Inviolate and I could not be happier with what they contributed.

6. Through lockdowns guitar sales were way up, especially the new black ONYX PIA. As the designer of the JEM and PIA, I receive a royalty and that was helpful when all tours were out and the royalties that artists receive for music these days has declined quite a bit.

7. I had a lot less interruptions at the Harmony Hut. That’s always nice.

8. I launched the “Alien Guitar Secrets” and “Under It All” series, and that was nice.

9. I spent months preparing content for Patreon and launched a presence on the platform where exclusive content is uploaded, and where I do some exclusive Q&A’s.

10. In May of 22 I will be going to Holland to record about 4 hours of my orchestra music with the Metropole Orchestra, and in August I will be in Finland recording with their symphony. I should have about 4 albums of diverse orchestra music when I’m done with it all. Through the lockdown I had the precious months necessary to review and tweak all the scores and prepare for these recordings.

There’s so much more but you get the picture. Of course there were challenges during all this but I notice that when I choose to only focus on and talk about the advantages, I start to see more and more advantages and the challenges become much more navigable. If you have had an exceptionally hard time during the pandemic I might suggest experimenting with writing down a list of 10 ways the pandemic was helpful or revealed to you important things that may not have happened otherwise.

I’m truly looking forward to a rebounding 2022 for all of us.

Frankly, It feels as though this virus is virtually dying down and although it’s always a good idea to be responsible and careful, I’m putting this all behind and moving forward like a boss with you!!!

Inviolate drops on January 28th 2022. I’ve been doing a lot of press and I do feel that the response from the press on this record is stronger than I’ve felt before. As I write this today, we just released the performance video for Little Pretty. While I was recording that track I felt my ear pulling me into an ethereal type harmonic direction. I just let it go wherever it wanted and when I completed the song and listened back I felt as though it was good and complete. Oddly enough, I found myself listening to it a lot while being seduced by the sound and feel of it. It kept drawing me in. I knew it was different and pretty obtuse with all those dense and rich synthetic chords and I did have my reservations regarding how the fans might receive it. It’s always a crap-shoot when you venture into uncharted waters and then come up for air. But much to my surprise and delight, (and even some humility) I was pretty stunned at the response of the press and the audience for this track. That really made my holidays!!! Thank you. Listening to the journalists and many of you, I realize that those ethereal dimensions the song elicits were not just in my experience. That is tremendously incentivising for an artist, yay!

But in all my years of writing and recording music, it seems that it all led up to the writing and performance of “The Teeth of the Hydra”. I set out to create a multi neck guitar with Ibanez and to write and perform a song with it that uses all its strings. First and foremost it had to have a good melody and be a stand alone enjoyable piece of music at the end of the day. The execution of this song on the Hydra has to be seen and I certainly hope to show it to you in 2022.

I feel so honored to be able to deliver this record to you folks. I feel it contains some of my best work to date and I can’t wait for you to hear the whole record. And I have never wanted to tour so much in my life. We have over 250 shows on the books for a world-wide tour that will take me up to 2024! So if I don’t see you, I’m coming to your house!

I want to be standing on that stage feeling that electrifying pulse surge through my body as I connect with the band, the atmosphere, the notes and most especially, you! I will be charging each note that I play with powerful joy and I will psychologically will those notes directly out to your souls! And a good time will be had by all.

Much love to you all.

My eternal appreciation.

Steve Vai
December 22, 2021
4:06pm pst
Harmony Hut
Encino CA

“Inviolate” – pre-order now!

My new record “Inviolate” drops January 28th, 2022. It’s the culmination of 61 years worth of inspiration and training. It oozes delicious melodies and fierce pyrotechnics. It will also lift you up to levels of delight that will make the rest of your life a beautiful experience… well, maybe not but… close.

Steve Vai’s  “Inviolate” – pre-order now! Available on 180g black vinyl, limited gold vinyl, CD and download/stream. Also check out “Little Pretty”!


Vai Academy 6.0


After this last year and a half, where everybody has been thrown a curve, it’s going to be a blessed relief to get together once again. Being with another person and playing music together is a completely different headspace than anything else in the world. It’s different from playing sports, it’s different from being a co-worker, it’s different from being a family member. It’s different from being a spouse. It’s a precious relationship. When you’re with another person, communicating in an intuitive, impulsive, musical dynamic, there’s nothing like it. When you’re engaging in that, you’re expanding joy. We’ve missed that. I know I’ve missed that!

So, I’m very happy to announce that we’re back up and running! And I’d like to personally invite you to join me at my upcoming Vai Academy 6.0, taking place August 4-8, 2022 at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada. To learn more / to register, please visit:

Each of my camps has had a theme that we focus on and the theme for Vai Academy 6.0 will be “Finding Your Note.” Technique and all that stuff is great and there will be tons of it at the camp, but it’s not everything. The question that I get more than any other is: “how do I find my own voice on the instrument?” It’s a hard thing to discuss, because everybody has their own voice, whether they know it or not. So how do you recognize it? How do you exaggerate it? How do you expand it? How do you make it yours and surrender to it? How do you evolve that unique voice so that you’re completely you on the instrument? This camp will be focused on helping you to recognize your voice and then cultivate it to the point where you become completely comfortable with it.

I think there’s a very special pull to this instrument. When you love the guitar – the way it feels in your hands, the way it sounds when you’re playing – there’s almost like a sense of nostalgia. When I was a kid, that feeling of enjoyment and happiness and connectedness with the instrument was probably stronger than any other time in my life because I had zero obligations, zero pressure, and zero stress about playing. My hope is that this camp helps to rekindle or cultivate that feeling, because that’s the chemistry that’s needed to evolve on the instrument. To find yourself on the instrument. To find your note.

There’s a note inside of you that sings. It’s very clear. It’s a very comfortable place. It’s a very joyful place. When you’re playing your instrument, and you’re connected to your note, your playing flows beautifully and transparently. There’s no fear in it, there’s no concern. There’s just a pure expression of freedom, of real enjoyment and enthusiasm, where that nostalgic sweet spot can truly be embraced.

This is actually what it’s really about. Most people think, “how are you going to make a living?” Well, it’s a completely mistaken premise that success equals happiness. It can. Absolutely. But it is not the answer. Happiness is something that you feel when you’re engaging in your purpose.

It’s not just me up there – we have all these incredible teachers that are giving multiple kinds of classes throughout the day. Every year we’ve had an extraordinary group of celebrity teachers come in and this year is no different. All of these players have really contributed beautifully to the craft and to the industry in such diverse ways. They have also all been able to discover their own note and then play with it. So they’re going to be speaking about that: How did they find their own voice on the instrument? It will be thrilling to have them there.

We have always tried to create a unique family environment for Vai Academy, this diverse family of very cool fans that have all become friends. It will be great to see faces that I’ve come to recognize through the various camps and when I’m on tour. As usual, I’m going to do my best to play with everybody. That’s my favorite part of the camp, I love it. It doesn’t matter how proficient somebody is on the instrument, none of that matters at all. Because it’s all about communication. It’s all about being aware. Just listening and playing. I love doing that with everybody. It’s quite a workout, but I love it.

Creative freedom is something that everybody has – they just don’t always know it. This camp is all about that. I’m very excited about Vai Academy 6.0, and I hope to see you there!

-Steve Vai

Inviolate Tour 2022

Hey Folks… Well, I didn’t realize how much I was missing touring, feeling that stage under my feet, swimming in the atmosphere of your vibe, and all those other delights of being with my band and traveling from city to city. So it gives me great joy to announce my upcoming “Inviolate” USA tour. We will be kicking it off in late January, 2022. Just looking at these tour dates invigorates me. I also so much enjoy the EVO (special packages) where I get to sit for an hour and chat with you in an intimate setting. Pre-sale begins tomorrow, so stay tuned and thank you for the support! I really am chomping on my whammy bar to get out there and feel your energy again.


Keep an eye on our tourdates page for dates and ticket links!


Patreon is live!

Hey folks, my new Patreon page is now live! This is no April Fool’s joke, and for only $5/month you will get access to episodes of Alien Guitar Secrets, Under It All, Lift The Riff segments where I teach you short riffs to add to your repertoire, Naked Tracks for you to jam over, lessons from my book Vaideology, contests, and more! I’ll be adding more content throughout the month, and I will be answering your questions on there as well. See you on Patreon!


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