Steve Vai Debuts “Zeus in Chains” Video; New Album ‘Inviolate’ & U.S. Tour Coming in Late January


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On Jan. 28, iconic guitarist Steve Vai will release a new studio album titled Inviolate. Vai has been previewing the record in recent weeks with a few tracks, and the latest arrived on Thursday.

Titled “Zeus in Chains,” the roaring instrumental track features squealing guitar work from Vai and a visual matching its thunderous tones:

Said Steve Vai of the song: “The title for this track ‘Zeus In Chains’ was told to me by the track when I was listening back and asked it… ‘What’s your name’? This happened during the heavy guitar breakdown with the dissonant high note that happens right before the solo. It sounded like Zeus in Chains. Hey, it’s art. You can make up anything you want and it’s legitimate.”

Inviolate will be Vai’s first studio album since 2016’s Modern Primitive and his 10th solo album overall.

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A news release notes that “Little Pretty” finds Vai using a Gretch hollow body guitar, which for him is slightly unusual:

“It’s on the wall with all the other guitars, and I’d always just look at it and go, ‘One day I’m going to play you…’,” Vai said in a statement. “In writing the chord changes for the solo section, and the solo itself, I dug deep into my academic music theory mind to create a set of chord changes where the harmonic atmosphere shifted on every change. The dense chord structures required a series of synthetic modes to navigate. This approach is along the lines of jazz and fusion players, but I knew I did not want it to sound anything like that and the solo had to be totally melodic. The results were pretty powerful in that the entire solo section evokes melodic atmospheric changes that shift dramatically but work together well.”

Here’s “Knappsack”:

And “Candle Power”:

A tweaked version of the song appears on the album, though: But he added a little something extra to the version that appears on Inviolate, with a newly recorded drum track from fellow Zappa alumnus Terry Bozzio (to that end, additional crack players who lent a hand to the record include bassists Bryan Beller, Philip Bynoe and Henrik Linder, keyboardist David Rosenthal and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta).

The album’s track listing:

1. Teeth of the Hydra
2. Zeus in Chains
3. Little Prett
4. Candlepower
5. Apollo in Color
6. Avalancha
7. Greenish Blues
8. Knappsack
9. Sandman Cloud Mist

To celebrate the album’s release, Vai will return to the stage in late January for a 54-date tour, backed by Dave Weiner (guitar / keys), Philip Bynoe (bass), and Jeremy Colson (drums).

The schedule, with more details available at his official site:

1/27 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues

1/28 El Cajon, CA The Magnolia

1/29 Riverside, CA Fox Performing Arts Center

1/30 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre

2/01 Salt Lake City, UT The Rockwell at The Complex

2/02 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater

2/04 Oklahoma City, OK Tower Theatre

2/05 Austin, TX Paramount Theatre

2/06 Dallas, TX House Of Blues

2/08 Houston, TX House Of Blues

2/09 San Antonio, TX The Aztec Theatre

2/11 Birmingham, AL Lyric Theatre

2/12 Macon, GA Hargray Capitol Theatre

2/14 Atlanta, GA The Eastern

2/15 Clearwater, FL Bilheimer Capitol Theatre

2/16 Orlando, FL The Plaza Live

2/17 Ft. Lauderdale, FL The Parker

2/18 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

2/19 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte

2/21 Charleston, SC Charleston Music Hall

2/22 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere

2/23 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre

2/24 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre

2/25 Huntington, NY The Paramount

2/26 Port Chester, NY The Capitol Theatre

2/27 Providence, RI The Strand

3/01 New Haven, CT College Street Music Hall

3/02 Boston, MA The Wilbur

3/03 Albany, NY The Egg

3/04 Rochester, NY Kodak Center

3/05 Harrisburg, PA Sunoco Theatre

3/06 Greensburg, PA Palace Theatre

3/08 Warren, OH Packard Music Hall

3/09 Detroit, MI Masonic Cathedral Theatre

3/10 Morgantown, WV Metropolitan Theatre

3/11 Louisville, KY Old Forester’s Paristown Hall

3/12 Nashville, TN CMA Theater

3/13 St. Louis, MO The Pageant

3/15 Chicago, IL Copernicus Center

3/16 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater

3/17 St. Paul, MN The Fitzgerald Theater

3/18 Kansas City, MO The Uptown Theater

3/19 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre

3/20 Des Moines, IA Hoyt Sherman Place

3/22 Sioux Falls, SD The District

3/23 Fargo, ND Fargo Theatre

3/25 Billings, MT Alberta Bair Theater

3/26 Bozeman, MT The ELM

3/27 Missoula, MT The Wilma

3/28 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre

3/29 Portland, OR Roseland Theater

3/31 Turlock, CA Turlock Community Theatre

4/01 Napa, CA Uptown Theatre Napa

4/02 Los Angeles, CA The Theatre at Ace Hotel



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