Guitar legend Steve Vai to appear on VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show on November 7

VAI WILL ALSO PERFORM THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AT THE NOVEMBER 29 NEW YORK KNICKS GAME AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

Triple GRAMMY® Award winning guitarist Steve Vai will be the featured guest on VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” on Saturday, November 7 at 11PM. For fans outside the U.S., it will be available online shortly after it airs.

Vai will be speaking about his new concert film WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE: LIVE IN MINNEAPOLIS (WTWTA), which just debuted at #4 on Billboard® Magazine’s Top Music DVD Chart. The film, released by Vai’s record company Favored Nations Entertainment, hit retail September 29 (a companion live audio CD came out that day as well). The Blu-ray edition will be in-stores November 10, and an online preview is available at: www.vai.com/wildthings.

Later this month, Vai will have the honor of performing the National Anthem at the New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, November 29. Of the experience, he says, “Being a native New Yorker, it’s a thrill for me to play the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ at the Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. I may even use red, white and blue strings!” Vai will also host an in-store event at Borders (2 Penn Plaza, New York, NY) after the game.

2010 will mark Vai’s 30-year touring anniversary. He first stepped into the spotlight in 1980 as a guitarist in Frank Zappa’s band. His indelible contribution to music came during his solo career, which includes combined sales of nearly six million albums over the last three decades-and more musical mojo than most could even dream of.

WTWTA was filmed and recorded at the historic State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN before a sold-out crowd during Vai’s acclaimed 2007 String Theories World Tour. Vai chose the State Theatre for its lush acoustics and equally inspiring interior–his unparalleled guitar wizardry amazes throughout the film, as do the talents of the stellar band, an ace group of players Vai put together and called String Theories.

Also in November, Vai will head to Canada for two Alien Guitar Secrets Master Classes. Alien Guitar Secrets is an unprecedented, master class opportunity offered by Steve Vai to all music students and guitar enthusiasts. This 3+ hour unique package gives student a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear Vai discuss music theory, guitar techniques, the music business, and most importantly, techniques on how to discover and unlock your personal musical identity. It also includes a question and answer session, and a few attendees will be chosen to jam with Vai in this intimate environment.

Steve Vai will be teaching a Master Class in Calgary on Nov. 22 at the Engineered Air Theater and another in Toronto on Nov. 24 at the Rock Star Music School. Tickets are $250 and the class is limited to 100 students. To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.vai.com/News/tourdates.html.

Source: Favored Nations Entertainment

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