According to vai.com it looks like the new album is going to be out on February 22, 2005. Additionally, a U.S. Tour starts in March, with the band hitting Chicago on April 13th at the House of Blues.
The band this time around includes:
Steve Vai – Guitar / Vocals
Billy Sheehan- Bass
Tony MacAlpine – Guitar / Keyboards
Dave Weiner – Guitar
Jeremy Colson – Drums
Along with being a huge Vai fan for as far back as I can remember, I’ve also been a huge Tony MacAlpine and Billy Sheehan fan as well, and am really looking forward to the chance to see this incarnation of the band live on stage. All of them are just incredible musicians.
Along with this tour, there is a package you can buy called “The Evo Premium Experience” in which you also get the following along with your regular tickets (taken directly from vai.com):
- Preferred seating where applicable (in seated venues only.)
- The opportunity to attend a portion of soundcheck. (Usually no less than 15 minutes.)
- An intimate pre-show group Q&A/Discussion session with Steve. (Usually no less than 15 minutes.)
- A special EVO laminate that allows entrance to the portion of soundcheck, Q&A, as well as early entry into the venue where possible.
- An autographed “Real Illusions: Reflections” CD booklet.
- An audio CD exclusive to the tour - containing a commentary by Steve Vai on each track of “Real Illusions : Reflections” along with audio snippets, plus a bonus track that does not appear on the album.
- A Deluxe Tour Program
- A Special Guitar Pick
Sure its a little extra (ok, a lot extra), but how many times do you really get a chance to watch Steve Vai and Billy Sheehan do a soundcheck together and attend a Q&A session with one of your favorite musicians of all time? If that wasn’t cool enough, add to it having your favorite woman of all time sitting right there with you through the whole thing.
This is one concert that I’m definitely looking forward to, even though the House of Blues isn’t exactly my favorite place to see a concert. The last time I saw Vai at the House of Blues (on the Fire Garden Tour) I wound up way in back watching the concert on the TV screens.
Hopefully, the seats will be a little better this time …