RATINGS: A = must own B = buy it C= average D = yawn F = puke

Steve Vai - Stillness in Motion - Vai Live in LA
Legacy Recordings


Rating: A

Good Lord, how does one even review a live concert by guitar virtuoso Steve Vai?  The only thing that needs to be said is that on the CD you will hear amazing guitar playing backed by a top-notch band.  For the DVD all you need to mention is that you can see and hear amazing guitar playing backed by a top-notch band. 

Steve Vai is the best electric guitar player on planet earth, and perhaps in the entire universe.  His physical performance is riveting, his physical skills are mind-blowing, his compositional talents are other-worldly and his hair is perfect!  And his band doesn't miss a note, even when they create a song on the spot, composed by audience members... which they do on this album!  Oh, there is also a woman who carries around an electric harp... and she can make the thing cry

The visual aspects are the real winner.  The CD is damn fine, mind you, but you need to see this show.  You can feel the music when hearing the notes and viewing the performance.  The jokes between songs are funnier, the solos more dazzling, the drum solo ---with that crazy looking drummer dude carrying around talking skulls---trust me, you want to see this, not just hear it.

Steve Vai lives in a different place than most humans.  Stuff goes on in his head and with his hands that might scare the common person.  He is not so much a guitarist as he is an amazing musician, composer and performance artist. 

This concert was recorded on Steve's latest tour, which took up the years 2012 through 2014.  The Story of Light Tour featured songs from all over Steve's career and then some.  In totality, the tour saw Vai and band perform 253 concerts. 

The DVD bonus features show the band traveling the world and also includes even more music!  There is over three and a half hours of stuff to watch on the bonus disc--probably too much, to be honest... but Vai fanatics will think it may not be enough!

“To say that this tour was a powerful life experience would be like saying the sun is hot,” writes Steve Vai in his personal liner notes, penned for Stillness In Motion.

Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings have signed virtuoso guitarist/composer/producer Steve Vai to a new multi-album agreement.  This is the first release on the record company. Next up will be an album of new material written by the guitar-god.  Suffice it to say that after this tour the man is well-oiled and ready to write!  While we wait for the new stuff, however, this show will keep you in awe, wondering how in the hell he can make a simple electric guitar defy the rules of physics!

Stillness In Motion – Vai Live in L.A.

Recorded Live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on October 12, 2012 Produced by Steve Vai

2 CD Edition
Disc 1
1. Intro/Racing the World
2. Velorum
3. Band Intros
4. Building the Church
5. Tender Surrender
6. Gravity Storm
7. Weeping China Doll
8. John the Revelator
9. The Moon and I
10. The Animal
11. Whispering a Prayer

Disc 2
1. The Audience Is Listening
2. Rescue Me or Bury Me
3. Sisters
4. Treasure Island
5. Salamanders In the Sun
6. Pusa Road
7. Frank
8. The Ultra Zone (CD Version)
9. Build Me a Song L.A.
10. For The Love of God
11. Taurus Bulba

2 DVD Edition
Disc 1
1. Intro/Racing the World
2. Velorum
3. Band Intros
4. Building the Church
5. Tender Surrender
6. Gravity Storm
7. The Trillium’s Launch
8. Weeping China Doll
9. John the Revelator
10. The Moon and I
11. The Animal
12. Whispering a Prayer
13. The Audience Is Listening 14. Where Are We
15. Rescue Me or Bury Me
16. Sisters
17. Treasure Island
18. Beastly Rap
19. Salamanders In the Sun
20. Pusa Road
21. Earthquake Sky, Drum Solo 22. I’m Tired
23. The Ultra Zone
24. Frank

Disc 2
1. Build Me a Song L.A.
2. For the Love of God
3. Taurus Bulba

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