Way over 100 shows in 2012- a personal record!
Beverly McClellan opened the show with a good set of solid tunes. She was discovered on the show The Voice and was invited to be on this tour.
She did a great job singing and playing some tunes.
15 minutes later, Steve Vai and his band came onstage.
They played most, if not all, of the new album- The Story of Light.
Steve Vai’s Band
Guitarist Dave Weiner
Electric harpist, Deborah Henson-Conant (that was quite an experience to see)
Philip Bynoe on bass
Jeremy Colson on drums
They clocked in at just under 3 hours as they tore through 20 songs, some incredible featured solos, and even made up a song on the spot with some audience participation.
The band covered a bunch of songs throughout Vai’s solo career – Passion and Warfare, Fire Garden, etc., etc. They did a funky, yet crushing version of “The Animal” with tons of guitar. They also did a rocking version of “The Audience is Listening”.
Beverly McClellan came out and held nothing back as she “John The Revelator” during the band’s set. That was impressive.
Steve even sang lead vocals as he played “Rescue Me or Bury Me” (from Vai’s criminally underrated “Sex and Religion” album).
Vai went through a ton of costume and guitar changes. He even came out looking like some kind of a robot during the Ultra Zone.
They did acoustic songs, electric songs, had a little electric sitar from Dave Weiner. They did a great version of “Sisters”. and finished out strong with Taurus Bulba. They even made up a song on the spot. It was fascinating, mysterious, amusing, weird, cool and it rocked. Only Steve Vai and his great band could have pulled off a concert like this. GREAT SHOW!