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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 11:20 am 
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I just saw a clip of Eat That Question with Arthur Barrow on bass.

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Steve Vai's Generaton Axe at the Fillmore, 5 Things to Know
By Gary Graff ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com; @GraffonMusic 14 hrs ago

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Five virtuoso rock guitarists take part in Generation Axe, which plays Wednesday night, Nov. 21, at the Fillmore Detroit (Photo provided by Generation Axe)

Steve Vai has always played well with others -- including the late Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth and Whitesnake since the mid-70s.

With Generation Axe, he's making sure others are playing nicely with him.

The tour, in its second North American incarnation, features Vai, 58, with fellow six-string virtuosos Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme, Rihanna) and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), playing together and apart and presenting "a different kind of way to enjoy the electric rock guitar." The troupe recorded an album of the show during an Asian tour that he hopes to release next year, and now Vai has brought it back home -- where it's among several endeavors he currently has on his plate...

Vai says by phone that he and the other Generation Axers "just love doing" the show. "It's like a cakewalk. These guys are all completely accomplished and they've been pounding the pavement for decades. You go through your career with a band or other people and there's challenges and there's glories, and at some point you just want to have a good time and settle into being in your craft. And this tour is a perfect opportunity to do that."

The three-time Grammy Award winner adds that Generation Axe is about collaboration more than competition. "You don't compete with these guys. You do your best, and they raise your bar. The really cool part of this is when we're on stage and we come together harmonious with what we're playing. You get five glorious electric rock guitars singing these melodies in five-part harmony...There's no feeling like it when you're standing next to these mountains, these other guys, playing with them. It's an experience you just haven't seen -- or I don't suspect so because I've never seen it before this. And I think we pull it off beautifully."

Vai plans to "go off the grid" early in the new year to begin work on his next solo album, the follow-up to 2016's "Modern Primitive." "I'm just going to hunker down to create. My focus is going to be to make the best guitar record I've made, because a lot of my music is very orchestrated and over-produced at times -- I can't help it. But my idea for this next record is more broken down into a trio format, and more straightforward and focused on guitar."

Next year Vai will also release a second album of solo piano recordings of his songs, and he'll be recording several of his orchestral scores with European orchestras. "I challenge my fans. It (angers) some of them, but I can't help it. It's just what I do. At this point in life you just do what you want. So a newcomer to my music would have to spend some quality time digging into it to get who I am. It's a little more work for somebody to get into the depth of what I do, but I have to say if it resonates with you, it's a treasure."

Vai has voiced support for plans for a touring Frank Zappa hologram, which is being spearheaded by his son Ahmet Zappa. He's even promised to make a few guest appearances at whatever point it goes on the road. "After talking to Ahmet quite a bit about what he's planning, it's going to be pretty extraordinary and quite the surprise because it seems like he's
evolving the technology. So I think that to have any kind of preconceived idea of what it's going to be and copping an attitude about it would be selling yourself short of having a really great experience of just being in an environment where you get to experience something Frank. Obviously he's not going to be there, but you get the impression. You get the spirit, in a sense."

Generation Axe, featuring Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi plays Wednesday, Nov. 21 at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors at 6:30 p.m. $25-$99.50. 313-961-5451 or thefillmoredetroit.com.

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Sharpening Generation Axe with STEVE VAI

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Steve has a show on Aug. 4th in the USA. Then Generation Axe in Asia starting in November.
So that means he could be free to show as a guest sometime during the Zappa L.A. shows.

C'mon Whiskey!

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coevad wrote:
Steve has a show on Aug. 4th in the USA. Then Generation Axe in Asia starting in November.
So that means he could be free to show as a guest sometime during the Zappa L.A. shows.

C'mon Whiskey!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:26 pm 
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Mikey wrote:
coevad wrote:
Steve has a show on Aug. 4th in the USA. Then Generation Axe in Asia starting in November.
So that means he could be free to show as a guest sometime during the Zappa L.A. shows.

C'mon Whiskey!

Don't hold your breath.

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Legendary guitarist Steve Vai to perform at official opening of Berklee Abu Dhabi
The award-wining artist and Berklee alum is in the capital for a special performance at the new music school

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Award-winning guitarist Steve Vai is in Abu Dhabi for a special performance at the newly opened Berklee Abu Dhabi. Getty
February 29, 2020

Award-winning American music producer and guitar legend Steve Vai is in Abu Dhabi for a special performance that will mark the opening of Berklee Abu Dhabi, the new music school on Saadiyat Island.

The 1979 Berklee College of Music graduate, who started playing with the legendary Frank Zappa and his band in 1980, is a three-time Grammy Award winner and one of the best guitarists in the world.

Excited to be performing at the official opening of @BerkleeAbuDhabi! pic.twitter.com/Twu76RPCkF
— Steve Vai (@stevevai) February 28, 2020

Berklee Abu Dhabi is the result of an agreement between Berklee College of Music, one of the largest colleges of contemporary music in the United States, and the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, announced last month.

Based in the UAE Pavilion near Manarat Al Saadiyat, Berklee Abu Dhabi will bring workshops, masterclasses, courses, ensembles, labs and a number of annual performances to the capital.

Steve Vai will perform at Berklee Abu Dhabi, near Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island on Saturday, February 29. The event is by invitation only.

https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture ... 993Updated: March 1, 2020 08:58 AM

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