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'Steve Vai - 25th Anniversary World Tour' headed to Riviera Theatre

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Wed, Jul 20th 2016 11:40 pm
Steve Vai (Photo by Larry DiMarzio)
Steve Vai (Photo by Larry DiMarzio)

The Historic Riviera Theatre and Performing Arts Center welcomes "Steve Vai - 25th Anniversary World Tour" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. A Riviera Theatre member pre-sale runs from 10 a.m. Thursday, July 21, until 10 a.m. Friday, July 22, at which time tickets go on sale to general public.

It's an all-ages show.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of his landmark album, "Passion and Warfare," Vai, for the first time, will perform the entire record from top to bottom, with some very special surprises in store.

Reserved tickets are $36.50 and $41.50. Three VIP options are available:

•VIP 1 ($350): Front row ticket, VIP early entry into the venue, exclusive meet-and-greet with Vai, personal photograph with Vai, VIP access to Vai's preshow sound check, exclusive tour of Vai's guitar world, Q&A session with Vai, specially designed EVO tour shirt (exclusive to VIP packages only), collectible tour poster autographed by Vai (limited print, numbered), set of official Vai guitar picks (with custom case), exclusive Vai VIP merchandise item, official meet-and-greet laminate.

•VIP 2 ($300): One reserved ticket located in the first three rows, VIP early entry into the venue, exclusive meet-and-greet with Vai, personal photograph with Vai, VIP access to Vai's preshow sound check, Q&A session with Vai, specially designed EVO tour shirt (exclusive to VIP packages only), collectible tour poster autographed by Vai (limited print, numbered), set of official Vai guitar picks (with custom case), exclusive Vai VIP merchandise item, official meet-and-greet laminate.

•VIP 3 ($150): One reserved ticket located in the first four rows, specially designed EVO tour shirt (exclusive to VIP packages only), collectible tour poster autographed by Vai (limited print, numbered), set of official Vai guitar picks (with custom case), exclusive Vai VIP merchandise item, commemorative EVO tour laminate.

Each option has very limited availability. VIP questions? Email [email protected].

Tickets are available by phone at 716-692-2413; in person at the Riviera Theatre box office, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda, or at World Hollywood Entertainment inside the McKinley Mall; and online at www.RivieraTheatre.org.

About Steve Vai:

Vai is a virtuoso guitarist, visionary composer, and consummate producer who sculpts musical sound with infinite creativity and technical mastery. His full discography encompasses more than 60 albums, including many with Frank Zappa; others from his stints with David Lee Roth (just after he left Van Halen) and Whitesnake; live releases, collaborations, compilations and orchestral works. Highlights include 1990's groundbreaking "Passion and Warfare," and 2007's "Sound Theories Vol. 1 & 2," performed with the Netherlands' Metropole Orkest. Vai's other orchestral compositions include "The Middle of Everywhere," which had its world premiere in 2011 with the Noord Nederlands Orkest.

Vai's work has been recognized with a long list of awards, including an even dozen from Guitar Player. The TEC Foundation honored him with the prestigious Les Paul Award, created in 1991 to salute those who have set the highest standard of excellence in the creative application of technology (past winners include Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Herbie Hancock, Steely Dan, and Bob Clearmountain).

For more information on Vai, visit www.vai.com. Find the Historic Riviera Theatre online at www.RivieraTheatre.org.

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