Epic Records has announced a June 26 release for "Sound Theories Vol 1 & 2", a double-live CD capturing legendary guitarist Steve Vai's electrifying collaboration with the Netherlands Metropole Orchestra. The two-disc set spotlights rare material culled from five European performances, a studio session and a soundcheck rehearsal recording, all of which took place between mid-2004 and 2005.
"Volume 1" features Vai playing guitar with the Orchestra, which has earned worldwide acclaim backing artists ranging from TONY BENNETT and NATALIE COLE to NANCY WILSON and the YELLOWJACKETS. Together they bring new life to both existing and never-before-heard Steve Vai songs, including "For the Love of God", "Liberty", "The Murder" and "Attitude Song", among others.
"Volume 2" features the Orchestra performing compositions penned by Vai, including "Shadows and Sparks" and "Bledsoe Bluvd".
Says Vai, "I wanted to be a composer ever since I was a young boy. Though the guitar fell into my lap and my fingers were glued to the instrument, I studied composition and musical notation long before I even started playing the guitar. Through high school, college and beyond, I kept up my studies but the prospect of getting your music performed by an orchestra when you're only considered to be an over-the-top electric rock guitar shredder seemed virtually impossible. To be able to hear your music performed is the greatest gift a composer could hope for. This was a dream project for me."
The full track listing for both discs is as follows:
Disc One - Sound Theories Vol 1: "The Aching Hunger":
01. Kill the Guy with the Ball
02. The God Eaters
03. The Murder Prologue
04. The Murder
05. Gentle Ways
07. I'm Becoming
08. Salamanders In The Sun
10. The Attitude Song
11. For The Love Of God
Disc Two - Sound Theories Vol 2: "Shadows and Sparks"
01. Shadows and…
03. Frangelica Pt. 1
04. Frangelica Pt. 2
05. Helios and Vesta
06. Bledsoe Blvd.
A yet-to-be-titled companion DVD featuring highlights from the performances will be released on August 21. In addition, Vai is hitting the road this fall for a tour that launches September 7 at the Marquee Theater in Phoenix, AZ.
As a Grammy award-winning guitar virtuoso, Steve Vai's sheer breathtaking facility on the guitar is acclaimed in the rock world and beyond. Starting with his groundbreaking "Passion and Warfare" album in 1990, and throughout the years since, Vai has consistently used music as a microscope peering into the human spirit, with equal attention paid to both the darkest obsessions and the most exalted impulses contained there. While Vai clearly had what was needed to make indelible impressions during his stays with FRANK ZAPPA, DAVID LEE ROTH and WHITESNAKE, it's as a solo artist that he's made his most precious contributions. Each of his solo releases are unique, varied, compelling and, even when the music is looking darkness square in the face, genuinely uplifting. His last album, "Real Illusions", was a major achievement from a musical alchemist of the highest order. Vai is a nine-time Grammy nominee and in addition to his recording career, Steve is involved with many worthwhile organizations. He is a Trustee for NARAS (National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences) and works closely with his own Make a Noise Foundation, raising money for music education.
Steve Vai tour dates:
Sep. 07 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theater
Sep. 08 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
Sep. 09 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove
Sep. 10 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Dreamcatcher Theatre
Sep. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
Sep. 12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Sep. 14 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
Sep. 15 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theater
Sep. 16 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore
Sep. 19 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre
Sep. 20 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
Sep. 21 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Sep. 22 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
Sep. 23 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
Sep. 24 - Buffalo, NY - Univ. at Buffalo Ctr for Arts
Sep. 25 - New York, NY - Hammerstein
Sep. 27 - Philadelphia, PA - Keswick Theatre
Sep. 28 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland
Sep. 29 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata
Sep. 30 - Baltimore, MD - Birchmere
Oct. 02 - Albany, NY - The Egg Theatre
Oct. 03 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
Oct. 04 - Boston, MA - Berklee Perf. Arts Ctr
Oct. 05 - Providence, RI - Lupo's
Oct. 06 - Westbury, NY - North Fork Theatre