Published Jul 20, 2016Virtuosic axeman Steve Vai is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his landmark album Passion and Warfare this year and has been touring through Europe playing the record in its entirety these past few months. Now, the guitarist has announced a new run of North American dates set to take place this fall.
After some festival dates to cap off the summer, Vai and company will be back on the road in October through North America. A press release reveals he will play Passion and Warfare in its entirety from start to finish, with some "very special surprises" in store.
Vai's trek includes a wealth of dates across Canada, with stops in Nanaimo, Kelowna, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Kitchener, London and Ottawa. The press release also reveals that more North American dates will be announced soon.
"The enjoyment that the band is having and the audience response to the shows we are playing in Europe has taken us a bit by surprise," Vai said in a statement. "The collective support...is humbling. There is deep appreciation from us in having the opportunity to honor this record with this tour and we are smiling every moment of it."
Released in 1990, Passion and Warfare has been described by Vai as "Jimi Hendrix meets Jesus Christ at a party that Ben Hur threw for Mel Blanc." You can find the complete fall tour itinerary and footage from the album sessions below.
07/21 Barcelona, Spain - BARTS Club Paral.lel 62
07/23 Lisbon, Portugal - Cultural Centre of Belem
07/24 Vila, Portugal - Hard Club
07/28 Budapest, Hungary - Park Budapest
07/30 Tbilisi, Georgia - Tbilisi Open Air
08/01 Moscow, Russia - Moscow Annual Arts Festival
10/08 Riverside, CA - Fox Performing Arts Center
10/09 Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues - Las Vegas
10/11 San Diego, CA - House of Blues - San Diego
10/12 Ventura, CA - Majestic Ventura Theatre
10/13 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
10/14 Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
10/16 Portland, OR - Revolution Hall
10/17 Nanaimo, BC - The Port Theater
10/18 Kelowna, BC - Kelowna Community Theatre
10/19 Calgary, AB - Jack Singer Concert Hall
10/21 Saskatoon, SK - O'Brian's Event Centre
10/22 Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre
10/23 Burnsville, MN - The Ames Center at Burnsville Performing Arts Center
10/25 Northfield, OH - Hard Rock Live
10/26 Milwaukee, WI - The Pabst Theater
10/29 North Tonawanda, NY - Riviera Theater
10/30 Kitchener, ON - Centre in the Square
11/01 London, ON - London Music Hall
11/02 Ottawa, ON - Algonquin Commons Theatre