Steve Vai to hit New England in September

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Steve Vai has announced plans for a North American tour in support of his new album, The Story of Light. The veteran rock guitarist/composer will hit New England for multiple performances including Boston’s Wilbur Theatre on Thursday, September 13. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $35 to $49.50, are now on sale through Ticketmaster.

The Story of Light, Vai’s eighth full-length studio effort and follow-up to 2005’s Real Illusions: Reflections, will hit stores on August 14. Although the album is largely instrumental, it does feature guest vocalists including singer-songwriter and Boston native Aimee Mann, who co-wrote and duets with Vai on “No More Amsterdam”. Beverly McClellan, a season one finalist on The Voice, contributes vocals on “John the Revelator”. According to a press release, The Story of Light is the second of an intended three-part trilogy with Real Illusions: Reflections being part one that “follows the journey of a man driven mad by grief, intertwining tragedy, revelation, enlightenment, and redemption.”

“I’m always pursuing knowledge, I’m a seeker of spiritual equilibrium—and music is a big part of that,” said Vai in a press release. “I’ve been obsessed with these kinds of ideas for years.”

Following the show in Boston, Vai will travel to Western Massachusetts for a show at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton on September 14. He’ll then hit New Hampshire for shows at the Capitol Center in Concord on September 15 and the Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon on September 16. Vai is aslo scheduled to perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut on September 4. Through Vai’s website, fans can also purchase a VIP package called “The EVO Experience”, which includes a meet and greet pass, Q&A session, access to sound check, tour program and exclusive tour merchandise.

On the upcoming tour, Vao’s backing band will include Dave Weiner (guitar), Jeremy Colson (drums), Philip Bynoe (bass) and Deborah Hensen (harp, vocals, keyboards).

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