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15th October 2012

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The setlist from the State Theatre, New Brunswick, NJ, 7 September 2012. © Joe Bosso

MetalTalk has been able to take a sneak peek at the set list for Steve Vai's upcoming European tour and it's all good news.

Steve is determined fans have a fantastic show with as much music as he and his band can offer and 25 songs is good going so far.

Steve is clear this tour is an ensemble approach to his music with his band members being featured in solos and acknowledging his mentor Frank Zappa.

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The set-list:

Racing The World
Band intros
Building The Church
Tender Surrender
Gravity Storm
Dave (solo)
Weeping China
John The Revelator
The Moon And I
The Animal
Whispering A Prayer
The Audience Is Listening
Deborah (solo – harp)
Rescue Me
Treasure Island
Pusa Read
Drum solo
The Ultra Zone
Build Me A Song
For The Love Of God
Tarus Bulba

Steve acknowledges his style is to have an outline for his shows but his advice to his band is to listen to the audience and go with the flow of whatever they are enjoying and responding to most so the set list is not guarantee to stay like this throughout the tour.

Also don't be surprised if Steve dons a welder's mask and expect a musical reference to West Side Story. The feedback from the USA so far is that these gigs are going down a storm so if you are going then all indicators so far are you are in for one hell of a show.

22 Oct 2012 Pakkahuone Tampere Finland
23 Oct 2012 The Circus Helsinki Finland
10 Nov 2012 Gran Teatro Geox Padova Italy
11 Nov 2012 Atlantico Rome Italy
12 Nov 2012 Alcatraz Milano Italy
16 Nov 2012 013 (Dommelsch Zaal) Tilburg Netherlands
24 Nov 2012 KB - Kulturbolaget Malmö Sweden
25 Nov 2012 Berns Stockholm Sweden
26 Nov 2012 Trädgår'n Göteborg Sweden
27 Nov 2012 Rockefeller Oslo Norway
01 Dec 2012 Portsmouth Guildhall
02 Dec 2012 Hammersmith Apollo London
03 Dec 2012 Wolverhampton Civic Hall
05 Dec 2012 Newcastle City Hall
06 Dec 2012 Ipswich Regent Theatre
07 Dec 2012 O2 Apollo Manchester



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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