Legendary guitarist Steve Vai has announced the formation of his new band, dubbed STRING THEORIES. It is as follows:
Steve Vai - Guitar
Jeremy Colson - Drums
Dave Weiner - Rhythm Guitar
Bryan Beller - Bass
Alex DePue - Electric and Acoustic Violin, Keyboards
Ann Marie Calhoun - Electric and Acoustic Violin, Viola, Banjo and Keyboards
In other news, Vai has issued an open letter regarding the lineup changes. An excerpt follows:
"I wanted to give you all an update on the change up in the band for the tour in support of 'Sound Theories Vol I & II'.
"I have been tremendously fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with some of the greatest and most appropriate players in the world for my band. Having said that I am always looking for ways to add new colors and approaches to the music and changing up the band is necessary in regard to this.
"Although I like to change the band up every two or so years, for the last six years I worked with THE BREED consisting of Jeremy Colson on drums, Dave Wiener on guitar, Tony MacAlpine on guitar and keys and Billy Sheehan on bass. This band was a blessing on so many levels. The obvious musical skills they are capable of speaks for itself. But the personal chemistry, touring atmosphere and bond that was formed with this band can only be known by those in the band. In my book THE BREED is unbeatable in this realm.
"Reflecting on this band dynamic has made it tremendously difficult for me to make the decision to change it up. Actually, my intention was to put the band on hold for a while, as it would be nice to have the option to go back to it at some time in the future."
Read the rest of Vai's open letter at this location.