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From the Vai Newsletter:

Hi Folks,

Well, I was sitting here thinking, it's been a while since I was out there with my own band playing a full show, but would it make sense to tour on an orchestra record since that's what's being released?

If I don't get out for at least a little bit now, it may not be another 2 years before I get a chance to.

What if I just do a quick stint of Europe and the US? Yeah, I'm feeling that need to get out and play for you all again.

OKAY - HOW ABOUT THESE SHOWS BELOW?

Jun 28 - Luxembourg
Jun 29 - Paris, France
Jun 30 - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands
Jul 02 - Ingolstadt, Germany
Jul 03 - Ulm, Germany
Jul 05 - Barcelona, Spain
Jul 06 - Valencia, Spain
Jul 07 - Murcia, Spain
Jul 08 - Bergara, Spain
Jul 09 - Porto, Portugal
Jul 10 - Lisbon, Portugal
Jul 11 - Madrid, Spain
Jul 13 - To Be Announced
Jul 14 - Udine, Italy
Jul 15 - Pistoia, Italy
Jul 16 - Rome, Italy
Jul 18 - To Be Announced
Jul 19 - Wolverhampton, UK
Jul 20 - Manchester, UK
Jul 21 - Nottingham, UK
Jul 22 - London, UK
Jul 24 - Dublin, Ireland
Jul 26 - To Be Announced
Jul 28 - Moscow, Russia

We'll announce venues shortly, check the Vai.com Tour Dates page for links to tickets for Holland and France which are on sale now. There are still a few cities to be confirmed above, and we'll announce US dates later.

WILL THERE BE AN EVO EXPERIENCE?
I enjoyed the last one very much and I do have some ideas for a new one. Let's do it! Unfortunately we can't do EVO for festival shows. For shows already on sale (like Paris) EVO Experience passes will be sold separately from tickets.

WHAT ABOUT THE BAND?
Hmmm, well, since it's a relatively short tour it might be a good opportunity to do something different and perhaps change the band up.

It's tough. The Breed is like a family to me and although I know that we can probably get together anytime and do a gig or tour, this is may be a good opportunity to try something a little different. Tony and Billy won't be joining me on this run - but they are actually doing a project together and you won't want to miss them when they tour Europe in October!

So, since there is no studio album with a firm band that I'm touring on, anything goes. I'm thinking of having a violin player in the band that can understand how to play like a violin player but still rip it up when necessary. Imagine some of those guitar lines doubled with a violin. That's pretty strung up!

Well, let's see how auditions go.

WHAT MUSIC ARE WE GOING TO PLAY?
I guess a lot of this will have to do with who the band ends up being, but whatever it is I would like to do a lot of songs that have never been performed live before, such as "Die to Live," "Lucky Charms," the last movement of the "Fire Garden Suite" etc. I'm sure we can do some things from the new Sound Current CD. I have a feeling "The Murder" may be pretty harmonically defiant.

WHAT ABOUT THE NEXT RECORD?
When I jump into "Real Illusions Part 2," it's going to take quite some time to finish it so perhaps we can record a live record from this tour with all new songs, similar to the way we did "Alive in an Ultra World". I only hope that I can walk that walk after talking the talk.

We can record new songs one at a time per show.

Okay then, new tour, new band, new music and a new live recording, and you're all invited! And I am going to request that this tour is an "All Ages" event in every city. I'm hoping this will be possible.

Keep an eye on Vai.com for more info.

Steve

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A new band for this tour session, I also read this in his March 11 postcard, and it made me wonder what happened and didnt want to jump the gun and post it with out knowing all the facts.... but it good to see that Billy & Tony are working on a project together... ;)

I would like to see Vai again this year if I get a chance.
 

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I have never seen him before now, but I fancy going this year. I will have to grab some tickets for the London show when they become available. EVO experience available too, very tempting. Should be cool!

There are quite a few good shows coming-up in 2007 actually, looking forward to it.
 

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Tony and Billy won't be joining me on this run - but they are actually doing a project together and you won't want to miss them when they tour Europe in October!
EXCELLENT! He won't be stealing MacAlpine this time!

Oh, and the project they are doing is Devil's Slingshot. In other words, f**king awesome. The cherry on the cake is Virgil Donati on drums.
 

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Thanks for the heads up Mike ;)

I'll be going again, probably either one of the Wolverhampton or Nottingham shows.
 

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I'd love to see Mike Kenelly in the band again. I really enjoy watching Mike and find him to be a funny guy on stage, and one hell of a guitarist.
 

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"......US dates to be announced later......" as I read it in the message.

I, too would love to see Keneally and Philip Bynoe back in the road show for a change.
We shall see.
 

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Interesting to read that he's looking for a violinist. I wonder what he's got in mind this time. I think Doug Cameron would be able to meet his requirements for this tour. Listening to Doug's title cut from his "Rendezvous" album gives an indication of his ability to play the violin. Granted, he's not in the rock genre by any means (most professional violin players aren't) however, by listening to the album and the title cut with a different frame of mind puts it into perspective.

I also think he should bring back Phil Bynoe on bass, he was pretty good on stage with Steve when they did the fire garden tour.

Jimmy:smile:
 
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