TOUR UPDATE: Steve Vai has pushed back his 2022 tour plans into the latter half of the year. Posting on his socials, his statement read: "Steve Vai has postponed his planned tour of North America until the Fall. The first U.S. leg of dates will now begin on Wednesday, September 28 in El Cajon, CA and wrap the first week of December. The itinerary will now feature performances in 52 markets as opposed to the initial plan of staging 54 shows. All ticket and VIP purchases will be honored for the rescheduled date. Vai’s performance in Atlanta, GA will now take place at the Variety Playhouse instead of The Eastern and due to scheduling conflicts, the Milwaukee, WI and Billings, MT shows will no longer be a part of the tour."

"Approximately one year ago, Vai underwent shoulder surgery to repair an injury. That procedure was successful, enabling him to record the upcoming studio album release of Inviolate (Favored Nations / Mascot Label Group). In preparing for the tour, it became clear that a new injury emerged that requires another surgery prohibiting the tour to be staged as announced. Vai shares, “I’m gutted that we have to move this tour, but I also know it’s in the best interests for us and the fans that we do.”

Guitar great Steve Vai has postponed his 2022 U.S. tour so he can undergo yet another surgery.

The "Inviolate World Tour" was scheduled to kick off Jan. 27 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas with Vai covering the U.S. before circling back home to an April 2 finale at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. He will now begin the tour Sept. 28 in El Cajon, California and loop the country until finishing up Dec. 3 in Los Angeles. Vai’s performance in Atlanta, Georgia will now take place at the Variety Playhouse instead of The Eastern and due to scheduling conflicts, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Billings, Montana shows will no longer be a part of the tour.

“I’m gutted that we have to move this tour, but I also know it’s in the best interests for us and the fans that we do," says Vai.

The tour comes as Vai has been using the pandemic downtime to work on a new studio album. At present, the record release has not been announced, but those details will be coming soon. The run will also feature Vai playing alongside his ensemble members of Dave Weiner (guitar / keys), Philip Bynoe (bass) and Jeremy Colson (drums).

Speaking about the lengthy run, Vai shares, “A performer thrives on performing. It’s been my life for the past 49 years, with the exception of the last two years, so we are chomping at the bit to get out there and play for people. A music concert has the ability to dissolve the many challenges we face, and celebrate one of the good things in life, live music.”

In addition to a new album, Vai has been using the downtime to take care of several other things as well. He underwent shoulder and hand surgery last year, but showed he was still quite capable of playing delivering a one-handed performance of a new song called "Knappsack" that made the rounds online. He also launched a Patreon page where he's been providing viewers with a one-hour Q&A session and shared his "Alien Guitar Secrets Live" series breaking down songs from his catalog and showing viewers playing techniques. He's also taken part in the frank "Under It All: Hard Questions" series, addressing a variety of topics posed by viewers. For a $5 monthly commitment, you can catch the bonus content at his Patreon account.

For ticketing info visit Vai's website, while there are also VIP bundle options at this location. Check out all of the tour dates for the U.S. run listed below.

Steve Vai Rescheduled 2022 U.S. Tour Dates

Sept. 28 - El Cajon, Calif. @ The Magnolia
Sept. 30 - Riverside, Calif. @ Fox Performing Arts Center
Oct. 01 - Las Vegas, Nev. @ House Of Blues
Oct. 02 - Phoenix, Ariz. @ Celebrity Theatre
Oct. 04 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Rockwell at The Complex
Oct. 05 - Boulder, Colo. @ Boulder Theater
Oct. 07 - Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Tower Theatre
Oct. 08 - Dallas, Texas @ House of Blues
Oct. 09 - San Antonio, Texas @ The Aztec Theatre
Oct. 11 - Austin, Texas @ Paramount Theatre
Oct. 12 - Houston, Texas @ House Of Blues
Oct. 14 - Birmingham, Ala. @ Lyric Theatre
Oct. 15 - Macon, Ga. @ Hargray Capitol Theatre
Oct. 16 - Atlanta, Ga. @ Variety Playhouse
Oct. 18 - Clearwater, Fla. @ Bilheimer Capitol Theatre
Oct. 19 - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. @ The Parker
Oct. 20 - Orlando, Fla. @ The Plaza Live
Oct. 21 - Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Oct. 22 - Charleston, S.C. @ Charleston Music Hall
Oct. 23 - Charlotte, N.C. @ The Fillmore Charlotte
Oct. 25 - Alexandria, Va. @ The Birchmere
Oct. 26 - Harrisburg, Pa. @ TBD
Oct. 27 - Port Chester, N.Y. @ The Capitol Theatre
Oct. 28 - Glenside, Pa. @ Keswick Theatre
Oct. 29 - Red Bank, N.J. @ Count Basie Theatre
Oct. 30 - Huntington, N.Y. @ The Paramount
Nov. 01 - New Haven, Ct. @ College Street Music Hall
Nov. 02 - Providence, R.I. @ The Strand
Nov. 03 - Boston, Mass. @ The Wilbur
Nov. 04 - Rochester, N.Y. @ Kodak Center
Nov. 05 - Albany, N.Y. @ The Egg
Nov. 07 - Greensburg, Pa. @ Palace Theatre
Nov. 08 - Warren, Ohio @ Packard Music Hall
Nov. 10 - Detroit, Mich. @ Masonic Cathedral Theatre
Nov. 11 - Morgantown, W.V. @ Metropolitan Theatre
Nov. 12 - Nashville, Tenn. @ CMA Theatre
Nov. 13 - Louisville, Ky. @ Old Forester’s Paristown Hall
Nov. 14 - St. Louis, Mo. @ The Pageant
Nov. 16 - Chicago, Ill. @ Copernicus Center
Nov. 18 - St. Paul, Minn. @ Fitzgerald Theater
Nov. 19 - Lincoln, Neb. @ Bourbon Theatre
Nov. 20 - Kansas City, Mo. @ The Uptown Theater
Nov. 21 - Sioux Falls, S.D. @ The District
Nov. 22 - Des Moines, Iowa @ Hoyt Sherman Place
Nov. 23 - Fargo, N.D. @ Fargo Theatre
Nov. 25 - Bozeman, Mont. @ The ELM
Nov. 26 - Missoula, Mont. @ The Wilma
Nov. 27 - Seattle, Wash. @ Moore Theatre
Nov. 28 - Portland, Ore. @ Roseland Theater
Nov. 30 - Turlock, Calif. @ Turlock Community Theatre
Dec. 02 - Napa, Calif. @ Uptown Theatre Napa
Dec. 03 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ Theatre at Ace Hotel

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