Steve Vai Has Staged The Most Extensive Global Tour of His Career - Over 19 Months 194 Performances in 51 Countries Hitting Every Continent Other Than Antarctica

Published 2 months ago on January 11, 2024

By Guitar Interactive Magazine



Over The Past Nineteen Months, The Inviolate World Tour Has Presented 194 Performances

in 51 Countries Across The Globe Hitting Every Continent Other Than Antarctica

On June 4, 2022, Steve Vai began a world tour that has now staged 194 performances in 51 countries across the globe. Some of these markets he had never appeared in prior, amongst which are Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Zallak (Bahrain), Bangalore and Kolkata (India), Mumbai, Macedonia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, alongside six new markets in China (Foshan, Xi’an, Chengdu, Chongqing, Nanjing and Hefei).  Over the course of this worldwide odyssey, Vai stepped foot on every continent other than Antarctica. A complete overview of all concerts on the Inviolate World Tour follows below.
Now back at home after this marathon 19-month tour, Steve Vai shares, “And I’m feelin’ good.” He reflects, “Did this really happen? The Inviolate World Tour saturated the entire globe. It’s far beyond anything I could have imagined when I was a kid practicing feverishly in my teenage bedroom. Traveling The World like this with my band, crew and family, touching and tasting all these magnificent cultures and feeling the powerful energy from the audiences was a transformative experience. I am eternally grateful to all the fans that came out showing their enthusiastic support, and to my band, team Vai crew, and all the promoters. Your efforts, support and love have made this phenomenal experience a reality. My cup runeth over.”
From January 2 to 5, he will begin the year staging his annual Vai Academy. Titled “A New Breed Of Virtuosity,” Vai Academy 7.0 will be staged at the Omni Championsgate Resort in Orlando, FL.  He offers, “This year’s event is all about celebrating the young, cutting-edge guitarists who are pushing the boundaries and reinventing the instrument today.” The G3 tour will follow from January 22 through February 10, and then “The Satch-Vai Tour” will be staged from March 22 in Orlando, FL through May 12 in Santa Rosa, CA, featuring an extensive itinerary that will stage thirty-eight appearances.  This marks the first time that the long-time friends have toured as a duo-bill. It is also the first time they’ve collaborated on new music, which will be premiered just prior to the tour heading out.
Satch and Vai’s musical careers have been intertwined since their very early days. Satriani served as Vai’s guitar teacher during their teenage years on Long Island, New York. Their connection has continued to evolve over the years, even sharing record labels, starting at Relativity Records in the late 80’s, to both calling Sony/Epic Records home for a significant portion of the 90’s. Together, they have also frequently teamed up with a third guitarist on multiple occasions throughout the span of 29 years, participating in the semi-annual G3 Tours, both in the U.S. and abroad.
“’The Satch/Vai Tour’ is happening! I’m so looking forward to sharing the stage with Steve again,” exclaimed Satriani. “Every time we play together it takes me back to when we were teenagers, eating and breathing music every second of the day, pushing, challenging and helping each other to be the best we could be. I guess we’ve never stopped!”  Sharing the excitement, Vai remarked, “Touring with Joe is always a pleasure and an honor. He is my favorite guitarist to jam with, and now we have another opportunity to take it to the stage. I feel as though we are both at the top of our game and that the show will be a powerful celebration of the coolest instrument in the world, the electric guitar!”
Prior, the duo and Eric Johnson will stage the G3 Reunion Tour 2024.  Conceived in 1995 by the multi-Grammy nominated guitarist, JOE SATRIANI, the inaugural G3 Tourtook place in 1996 bringing together three of the most iconic and virtuosic guitarists of their time: Satriani, Eric Johnson and Steve Vai. Known for their incredible technical prowess, musical innovation and unique styles, the G3 tour was a celebration of guitar mastery and proved extremely popular, captivating audiences worldwide. Though the line-up has continually changed over the last 29 years since its inception, SATRIANI is celebrating G3 in 2024 by reuniting the original trio: Satriani, Johnson and Vai. The tour is set to begin on January 23, 2024 in Tucson, AZ staging thirteen performances ending with a pair of shows at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
He would like to acknowledge all who contributed to the success of this activity over the past couple of years. Alongside each and every promoter, and their individual teams, these - specific individuals –
The Inviolate World Tour participants:
Carlos Arellano: Tour Manager & FOH Sound Engineer
Philip Bynoe: Bass
Jeremy Colson: Drums
Dante Frisiello & Dave Weiner: Guitar and Keyboards
Christopher Huber: Drum Tech and Video Director
Fire Vai: EVO Meet and Greet, Merchandise
Julian Vai: EVO Meet and Greet, Production Assistant
Douglas Macarthur & Thomas Nordegg: Guitar Techs
Daniel Gonzalez: Monitor Engineer, Vocals (FTLOG)
Nicholas Scout: Guitar Tech, Guitar
Philip Rice, Blayne Sovia & Javier Jasso: Lighting Directors
Tareq Knocks, Keegan Hughes, Pepe Garcia: Merchandise
Mavis Ma: Production Assistant, Promoter (East West Best)
Randy Salcedo & Chloe Peachey: Booking Agents (Sound Talent Group)
Steve Karas: Press Agent
Favored Nations/Mascot Label Group: Label – Ed van Zijl (Owner) & Lauren Schuller (P.M.)
Pamela Dancy: Bookkeeping
Steven and Stephanie Bradley: Digital/Social Media, (9/9)
Jeroen Noordhuis:
Michael Mesker: Art Design
Greg Wurth: Studio Engineer
Margaret and Stacy Robley: CPA (R&R Business Management)
Gerald F. Rosenblatt: Legal (Law Office of Gerald F. Rosenblatt)
John Germinario: EVO Premium Package (237 Global)
Matt Wood: MerchNow
Jukka Lisakkila: Maestro (Conductor)
Co de Kloet: Creative Catalyst
Danny Heaps: Vai Academy Chief (Dreamcatcher)
Ricardo Cappelli: AGS Masterclass Producer
Tony Sartino: Wardrobe
Jason Henke: Management (Vector Entertainment) 
Christina Bekin & Disraeli Balthasar: Management (The Creamery)
Ernie Ball
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And, You The Fans
Steve Vai is a virtuoso guitarist, composer and producer, considered by many as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. In over 45 years in the industry, Vai has sold over 15 million records, received three Grammy Awards, and recorded with music legends like Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake and many more.  Vai has also toured extensively and recorded live projects with G3 (collaborating with different touring lineups including Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Eric Johnson, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Steve Lukather) and Generation Axe, a supergroup Vai formed with Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi. Vai is the author of Vaideology: Basic Music Theory for Guitar Players (Hal Leonard), his inaugural music theory book designed to help both beginners and veteran guitar players.  In the recent past, he has travelled the globe supporting his most recent studio album Inviolate, staging performances in 51 counties across the globe. Over the course of his 43 years touring, he continues to visit locations for the first time. His final excursion in 2023 saw Vai perform in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Zallak (Bahrain), Bangalore and Kolkata (India), alongside six new markets in China (Foshan, Xi’an, Chengdu, Chongqing, Nanjing and Hefei).  For a complete discography and more visit


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