Passion & Warfare

Steve Vai (probably my biggest influence and my one-time jam-buddy, brag brag brag) has announced a special 25h Anniversary reissue of Passion & Warfare. It features a new disc called Modern Primitive, and Steve will also undertake an extensive tour where he will play the whole record start-to-finish. Yes, even “Ballerina 12/24” and hopefully some freaky arrangements of “Alien Water Kiss” and “Love Secrets.” Read the full press release below, plus info about the third Vai Academy event.

Hey Steve, one request: the jazzy little solo section of “The Animal” pretty much changed the way I play guitar, but you always play improvised stuff instead of the original solo when I hear you play it live. How about returning to that classic finger-pretzelling, life-changing solo for ‘ol Petie, eh? Pleeeeease? (By the way, check out these Fascinating Facts About Steve Vai’s Passion & Warfare).

PRESS RELEASE: To commemorate the 25th anniversary of his landmark album, Passion and Warfare, Steve Vai has announced he will be embarking on a very special world tour celebrating the groundbreaking recording.

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Passion and Warfare is highly regarded as one of the greatest instrumental rock guitar recordings of all time. For the first time Vai will be performing the entire Passion and Warfare record from top to bottom, with some very special surprises in store.

Vai will be launching his PAW Euro tour hot off the Generation Axe tour and will be performing at the World Guitar Festival in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, on May 28, 2016. This will mark the first date of the Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour. Following that festival play and an extensive run in Europe that will include stops in Scotland, England, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Poland, France, Switzerland and many other countries, the tour will arrive in the United States in October. Additional concerts in America and abroad will be announced at a later date.

“Performing this record from top to bottom (with some very special surprises in the works) is something I’ve always dreamed of doing,” Vai said. “There are songs here I’ve never performed before, and I’m delighted that 25 years after its release, I feel as though my guitar chops are as much up to the task as ever before.”

The tour will feature a unique premium package: the Passion and Warfare EVO Experience, where among other things fans will have an opportunity to sit with Steve in an intimate Q&A session. A limited number of EVO Experience tickets will be available for each show.

In the next few weeks, there will be an official announcement regarding the release by Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings of Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition, a remastered version of the original recording featuring four bonus tracks, and a new companion album called Modern Primitive, which includes material that was either recorded or written after Vai’s first solo record Flex-Able and prior to the writing and recording of the music on Passion and Warfare. These tracks have not been previously released.

Modern Primitive is by far my most adventurous recording to date, and I feel as though it’s my most telling release.”

Vai will also be performing select G3 dates with Joe Satriani and The Aristrocrats in Italy and Germany during the month of July.

Vai will host his third Vai Academy at the Asilomar Center ( in Carmel, California, Jan. 2-6, 2017. Special guests will be announced soon when the camp goes on sale. For more information, e-mail:

“I can’t be more blown away by our line up of special guests that will be joining us in January 2017 for our next Vai Academy,” Vai said. “The theme for this camp will be focusing on technique, and going deeper than technique to find a player’s individual and unique voice on the instrument.”

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Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary World Tour Dates

May 28 – Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec – World Guitar Festival

June 1 – Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABC Glasgow

June 2 – London, England – London Palladium

June 3 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, England – O2 Academy Newcastle

June 5 – Manchester, England – O2 Ritz Manchester

June 6 – Brighton, England – The Dome

June 7 – Bristol, England – Academy

June 9 – Helsinki, Finland – The House of Culture

June 11 – Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival

June 12 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller Music Hall

June 13 – Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Medis, Ballroom

June 14 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio

June 15 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Pusterviksbaren

June 17 – Leuven, Belgium – Het Depot

June 18 – Gutenstetten, Germany – Ibanez Guitar Festival

June 19 – Berlin, Germany – Columbia Theatre

June 20 – Warsaw, Poland – Progresja

June 21 – Prague, Czech Republic – Lucerna Music Bar

June 23 – Vienna, Austria – Simm City

June 24 – Dornbirn, Austria – Conrad Sohm

June 26 – Paris, France – Le Trianon

June 27 – Solothurn, Switzerland – Kofmehl

June 28 – Schaffhausen, Switzerland – Kammgarn

June 29 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – den Atelier

June 30 – Lausanne, Switzerland – Les Docks

July 2 – Rome, Italy – Rock In Roma (G3 with Joe Satriani & The Aristocrats)

July 3 – Sogliano Al Rubicone, Italy (G3 with Joe Satriani & The Aristocrats)

July 4 – Ascoli Piceno, Itlay – Piazza del Popolo (G3 with Joe Satriani & The Aristocrats)

July 5 – Grugliasco, Italy – Gru Village (G3 with Joe Satriani & The Aristocrats)

July 6 – Gardone Riviera, Italy – Teatro del Vittoriale

July 7 – Udine, Italy – Castello di Udine

July 10 – Weert, Netherlands – Bospop Festival

July 11 – Munich, Germany – Circus Krone (G3 with Joe Satriani & The Aristocrats)

July 12 – Offenbach A. Main, Germany – Stadthalle (G3 with Joe Satriani & The Aristocrats)

July 13 – Bonn, Germany – Kunst!rasen (G3 with Joe Satriani & The Aristocrats)

July 16 – Cordoba, Spain – Anfiteatro Axerquia

July 17 – San Javier, Spain – Auditrio Parque Almansa

July 18 – Madrid, Spain – Jardines de la Complutense

July 19 – Valencia, Spain – Jardines de los Viveros

July 20 – Palma, Spain – Teatro Trui

July 21 – Barcelona, Spain – BARTS Club Paral.lel 62

July 23 – Lisbon, Portugal – Cultural Centre of Belem

July 24 – Vila, Portugal – Hard Club

July 28 – Budapest, Hungary – Park Budapest

July 30 – Tbilisi, Georgia – Tbilisi Open Air