Win tickets to Steve Vai

Win tickets to see Steve Vai at the Commodore Ballroom on October 5.

Win tickets to see Steve Vai at the Commodore Ballroom on October 5

Following up the 2009 live album Where The Wild Things Are, The Story of Light, is virtuoso guitarist and visionary composer Steve Vai's 16th solo effort. In support of its release, Vai will begin a tour of North America on August 15th in Fort Lauderdale Florida, accompanied by his band—who are also featured on the new album: Dave Weiner (guitar), Jeremy Colson (drums), Philip Bynoe (bass), and Deborah Hensen (harp, vocals, keyboards).

The Story of Light comes out on Favored Nations Entertainment, the label Vai founded in 1999. Its sprawling and expressive 12-song set continues a conceptual and cosmic narrative arc begun on the artist's acclaimed 2005 album Real Illusions: Reflections (also Vai's most recent solo studio release).

Although The Story of Light is largely instrumental, the album does feature guest vocalists including singer-songwriter Aimee Mann—dueting with Vai on "No More Amsterdam", which she also co-wrote—and Beverly McClellan, a season one finalist on The Voice. McClellan appears on "John the Revelator", a track inspired by a vintage recording of blues singer Blind Willie Johnson, whose acid-soaked vocals are in the mix as well. Other highlights include the title track (which opens the album), "Gravity Storm", "The Moon and I", and "Velorum".

The Story of Light follows the journey of a man driven mad by grief, intertwining tragedy, revelation, enlightenment, and redemption.


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Contest Deadline: October 3, 2012 Event Date: October 5, 2012

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