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Steve Vai Does a ‘Writings on the Wall’ for the New Album Name

The Letter ‘Y’ makes its appearance besides the official vai logo to raise the anticipation level higher for the upcoming Steve Vai album. The latest post on social networking site announced a teaser for the curious fans.

Source: Steve Vai posing in front of the wall with the graffit'Y' of the partial album name and the official logo!

“Hey folks, I have the name of the new record but not quite ready to reveal it. See if you can guess it. We will add letters little by little until all is revealed.”

The official site has also announced the launch of an interactive, 24-hour online video channel. The main highlights of the video channel will include performances of the world’s greatest guitar players in multiple genres, live concerts, guitar related movies and plenty more. will be launched on May 10th accompanying a live event from Musicians Institute in Hollywood. The official site has announced an Ibanez JEM as prize for fans who will RSVP & join online for the launch. To get early site access register at

Steve Vai Digs ‘Innerness’ a Painfully Beautiful Piece

True to his words on the hunt for exotic guitar brutalities, ‘Guitar God’ Steve Vai, has shared his inner feelings about the track ‘Innerness’ from his upcoming album. The latest post from Steve, on the social media site reads:

“Sometimes I sit in the studio and get an idea, work on it and when I listen to it back, it surpasses my expectations. That’s what just happened here at the new Harmony Hut and I’m blown away. Painfully beautiful piece called “Innerness”. The new record is starting to take shape from audio gold. I just can’t wait for you to hear it.
I know it’s taking me a long time. It always does. So sorry about that.

With anticipation building up for the new 2011 Steve Vai album, the eager fans know that this is definitely worth waiting. Meanwhile as announced in the official Steve Vai website, ‘“The Bodhi Tree” VaiTunes #7 is now available online for download on all the major digital music retailers

iTunes, Amazonmp3, Rhapsody, Napster, eMusic,, IMVU, Shockhound, Amie Street, LimeWire Store and the Nokia Music Store‘The Bodhi Tree digital booklet PDF‘ is also available on the VaiTunes page.

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Steve Vai in search of “guitar brutalities” in new year 2011

Steve Vai

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‘Guitar God’ Steve Vai has dived into work right at the start of the new year. The three time Grammy Award-winner posted on Facebook that he was in search of “guitar brutalities” while wishing all his fans a Happy New Year.

“Hey Folks, Happy New Year again… and again… and forever!” the Italian American rockstar greeted.

Vai, who released Where the Other Wilds Are in 2010 following the 2009’s Where the Wild Things Are, has revealed that the new year will also bring in another album.

“I am just right now starting to work on a new record… right… now!
I’m diving into the infinity shelf and letting it run all over the place. Looking for exotic guitar brutalities.
I’ll keep you posted on the preposterous.
Thanks for tuning in,” the post on the social media site added.

Earlier, the Guitar International Magazine awarded the title of Guitar DVD of the Year to ‘Steve Vai Live in Minneapolis: Where the Wild Things Are’.

“Seeing Steve Vai live is an experience all unto itself, and his latest live release Where the Wild Things Are couldn’t have captured that essence any better. Though the album was released at the end of 2009, this baby had some legs and continued to amaze and inspire viewers throughout the past 12 months, so we decided to include in the 2010 edition of the awards,” the magazine said on the 2-hours-40-minutes-and-27 tracks DVD.

Besides this, Vai grabbed the ‘Guitar Concert of the Year Award’ for performances on the Experience Hendrix Tour, which “allowed fans to see some of their favorite players pay tribute to a man that has inspired countless millions of guitarists and fan across the globe over the past four decades.”

The Philanthropist has also reminded aspiring guitarists that they need to get their entry into the Steve Vai scholarship competition by Friday, January 7 to be considered. The Guitar Institute, part of London’s Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, has tied up with Steve Vai for the scholarship.

Don’t let your drummer fill in for another band: Dream Theater’s 2010 lesson

Dream Theater Guitarist John Petrucci

Dream Theater Guitarist John Petrucci

Speaking to Roadrunner Records on ‘The Year In Review’, Dream Theater’s revered guitarist John Petrucci said the biggest lesson learned in 2010 was – “Don’t let your drummer fill in for another band.”

Drummer Mike Portnoy, who also founded and led the band, left Dream Theater in Sep 2010. Portnoy had been working with Avenged Sevenfold since the death of drummer James ‘The Rev’ Sullivan before he released a statement announcing his decision.

“After 25 years, I have decided to leave Dream Theater….the band I founded, led and truly loved for a quarter of a century,” he said.

In the statement, the drummer repeatedly expressed his ever-lasting love and commitment for the band, fearing that his move would be misinterpreted by many.

“After having had such amazing experiences playing with Hail, Transatlantic and Avenged Sevenfold this past year, I have sadly come to the conclusion that I have recently had more fun and better personal relations with these other projects than I have for a while now in Dream Theater… Please don’t misinterpret me, I love the DT guys dearly and have a long history, friendship and bond that runs incredibly deep with them…it’s just that I think we are in serious need of a little break…” he said, calling DT his baby that he nurtured.

Portnoy not only brought in drumming prowess but also wrote lyrics for several of Dream Theater’s songs. He also co-produced the last six Dream Theater albums with Petrucci.

Mike Portnoy

Mike Portnoy

However, when the drummer went back to Dream Theater in Dec 2010 after Avenged Sevenfold and him part ways, the door was shut on him.

“The band has decided to carry on into 2011 without me…I had a great time with them throughout 2010, but it was their choice to end the relationship at the end of 2010 as was always the initial plan,” he said announcing that his time with Avenged Sevenfold had come to an end.

On Dec 16, 2010, he posted on his Facebook: “Fairly recently, I reached out to the guys (Dream Theater) to try and make amends and offered to reconcile for the sake of having peace back in our lives…(plus I know how much it meant to alot of the fans…)

“I figured it was still possible to try and save us because they hadn’t made any announcements yet or begun any public activity with another drummer…but sadly, they declined my offer (well, actually their lawyer did…they didn’t even tell me themselves….) […] I tried, and the door is now shut…the ball is now in their court, not mine…”

Following that Deep Purple guitarist and founder of Dixie Dregs, Steve Morse announced in an interview that he was working on an album with Mike Portnoy, along with Dave LaRue and Neal Morse. Now, Portnoy’s fans can only wait and watch if this Morse album would give birth to a full-fledged band.

A recent tweet said, “MP, Steve Morse, Neal Morse, Dave LaRue & Casey McPherson…we begin tomorrow! The musical potential is off the charts! Very exciting….”

On Dec 13, Dream Theater announced that it has picked a replacement for Portnoy but refused to reveal any details.

“Well, auditions went great and we do have someone but we are spending some time getting everything in order before making an official announcement. Let me just say that we are all incredibly excited about our choice and just bursting at the seams to let the world know!” Petrucci said.

The band is scheduled to hit the studio in January 2011.

Although the fans are frustrated over the band’s decision to keep the drummer’s name a secret, the fact that an album will be out soon has got them excited. Besides Petrucci has also vowed to appease the fans with the upcoming album and tours.

“To use all my creative resources in making the next DT album and tour the best possible and to be more connected with our fans,” the guitarist told Roadrunner Records.

In 2010, the progressive metal band also had the opportunity to play with their heroes, Iron Maiden, “taking a step back from headlining to play an opening set”.