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November 26, 2013

Vai thrills fans with ‘evening’ of music

HOUSTON — Guitarist Steve Vai could potentially have a second career as a comedian if his music career ever ends, but, fortunately, that does not appear to be happening anytime soon.

Vai, along with his band, performed on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the House of Blues in Houston to a standing room only crowd as hundreds of fans came to witness the spectacle that is Steve Vai.

Making the evening even more special was the fact that it was an “Evening with” concert meaning fans basically got a double dose of music and some rare gems not heard in some time.

His set include nearly two dozen songs and spanned more than two hours and 45 minutes and nobody left disappointed.

Songs performed included “The Audience is Listening,” “Whispering a Prayer,” “The Animal,” and “The Ultra Zone.” Also included were the songs “Velorum,” “Gravity Storm,” “Weeping China Doll,” and “The Moon and I” from his 2012 release, “The Story of Light.”

Vai kept fans happy and enthused with his nimble fingers and fretboard dexterity, along with his sense of humor that generated more laughs than not throughout the show.

A highlight of the evening was near the end of the set when Vai had three young fans come on stage to help craft a song. He had each of the youth “sing” the notes the respective instruments, bass, drum and guitar, should play and each of the band musicians would then perform those notes and “build a song” right there as an impromptu jam. They did and it worked.

Vai then closed out the evening with an mesemerizing rendition of “For the Love of God.”

The Houston-stop was the final date on Vai’s tour of the United States. He now heads to Mexico and South America through mid-December.

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