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Real Illusions: Reflections is the first album of new material since Steve Vai's 1999 studio release The Ultra Zone. The album was released on February 22, 2005. It is the first piece of a three part concept album about a town visited by the godsent Pamposh and his construction of the Church, Under It All.
It is interesting to note that Steve uses a seven-string guitar for the first time in several years on the track "Under It All".
"Lotus Feet", the seventh song (which is to be the most emotional of the songs on the album), was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. The song was recorded live in Holland in 2004 during Vai's "The Aching Hunger Tour".
This is also the first album on which he has used his "Bad Horsie" Ibanez JEM 77BRMR. It is equipped with DiMarzio Breed pickups and a Fernandes Sustainer. It was used on "Building the Church" and "Dying For Your Love".
At approximately 00:18 of "Under It All", when the music stops and crowd noises are heard, you can barely make out Vai screaming "I'm down here can ya hear me! I'm down he-" and the music then cuts back in. This is probably to reinforce the meaning of the song.
Electric Guitar / Rock
Passion and Warfare is a 1990 instrumental album from guitarist Steve Vai. It has been described by some critics as one of the greatest hard rock guitar albums of all time. It has been certified 2 times Platinum.It was written based on a series of dream sequences that Vai had when he was younger.
Electric Guitar / Rock
Fire Garden is divided into two "phases". Phase 1, consisting of everything from "There's a Fire in the House" to "Fire Garden Suite", is all instrumental (with the exception of Devin Townsend's backwards vocals on "Whookam" and some more vocals toward the end of "Fire Garden Suite"). The remainder of the album, Phase 2, features Vai on vocals on every song except "Warm Regards", which is an instrumental.
Three of the greatest rock instrumental guitarist of the past decade finally get together and performed one of the finest guitar shows ever. The video captures the three virtuoso players with individual sets and together at the grand finale.
If musical notes were gold nuggets, then King Midas would look like a pauper next to Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Yngwie Malmsteen. Performing both individually and together in this 112-minute concert, the three die-hard rock guitarists prove their virtuosity beyond a doubt.
G3 returns in fine form with "G3 Live in Tokyo". Joe Satriani teams up with Steve Vai and find a third guitarist (John Petrucci) worthy of sharing the stage with them. Each member performs his own set and then all 3 jam on stage together.