Steve Vai Live Concert Due Sept. 29

Guitar legend Steve Vai will release his concert film and live CD Where the Wild Things Are on September 29, 2009, on Favored Nations Records. The show was recorded and filmed at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN, before a sold-out audience as part of Vai’s successful Sound Theories world tour.

Where The Wild Things Are is Vai’s 21st solo project contributing to his 20,000,000 unit worldwide sales that have accumulated over his 30 year career. Vai chose the State Theatre to film because of its large, lush acoustics and the historical theatre’s gorgeous interior.

The 2 hour and 40 minute set contains several new tracks and re-orchestrated pieces culled from his rich catalog.

The addition of virtuoso violinists Alex DePue and Ann Marie Calhoun add a dazzling dimension to Vai’s compositions and stage show, delivering fans the unexpected edge they always expect. Other world-class musicians chosen for Vai’s band are: Bryan Beller (bass), Jeremy Colson (drums), Dave Weiner (guitar and sitar) and Zack Wiesinger (lap steel).

“When I put a band and a show together I try to create an entertainment experience that I would like to have if I was sitting in the audience,” explains Vai. “I like to witness great musicianship but nothing too cerebral or overindulgent, I like to be stimulated by a large dynamic range of emotional intensities and melodic richness, I enjoy when people love their instrument and it shows by their oneness with it, I like to feel as though I'm part of a family with the audience and the band, and I like to walk away feeling uplifted and not beat up by somebody's ego or the things they hate about themselves and the world. And of course I want a cool T-shirt.”

Track Listing:

  • 1. Paint Me Your Face
  • 2. Now We Run
  • 3. Oooo
  • 4. Building the Church
  • 5. Tender Surrender
  • 6. Band Intros
  • 7. Firewall
  • 8. The Crying Machine
  • 9. Shove the Sun Aside
  • 10. I’m Becoming
  • 11. Die to Live
  • 12. Freak Show Excess
  • 13. Apples in Paradise
  • 14. All About Eve
  • 15. Gary 7
  • 16. Beastly Rap
  • 17. Treasure Island
  • 18. Angel Food
  • 19. Earthquake Sky
  • 20. The Audience Is Listening
  • 21. The Murder
  • 22. Juice
  • 23. Whispering a Prayer
  • 24. Taurus Bulba
  • 25. Liberty
  • 26. Answers
  • 27. For the Love Of God

Where the Wild Things Are will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, and audio CD.

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