November 22, 2013 – 4:50 am

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Leeds 2013 [no label, 2CD]

Story Of Light Tour 2013. Live at the O2 Academy, Leeds, UK; August 30, 2013. Very good audience recording.

From John Burrows @ishootgigs, post at

Avoiding most major cities on his current trek and hitting venues denied a sighting of the virtuoso muso for decades – this was his first visit to Leeds in 34 years – it’s a tour he doesn’t need to do. But that’s the point. This is a run of shows Vai is loving – away from the limelight and under the gaze of first time fans and the committed few prepared to put in the miles for another taste of his exquisite talent.

Flanked by trusted trio Dave Weiner, Jeremy Coulson and Philip Bynoe, a typically relaxed Vai may have peeled away all but the essentials but the sound was no less powerful. And the guy is a born entertainer. Bringing the snake-hipped moves, the seamless banter, the flashy guitars and the full body laser suit (his one concession to excess), Vai lived every minute of another faultless performance.

Each band member was granted a deserved solo slot -including Colson and his portable drum machine with the talking head. A highlight was the superb acoustic section in the middle of the show. Weiner is rapidly growing into more than Vai’s protégé and it’s no surprise he’s allowed to showcase his own material: Zappa, of course, did the same with Vai.

Thanks to rbose1 who recorded the show and shared the tracks at Dime.

Thanks also to John Burrows (JB) for the cover picture, posted

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro 1:49 (3.1MB)
Track 102. Racing the World 5:45 (9.7MB)
Track 103. Velorum 6:10 (10.4MB)
Track 104. Band Introductions 2:48 (4.7MB)
Track 105. Building the Church 6:28 (10.9MB)
Track 106. Tender Surrender 7:31 (12.6MB)
Track 107. Gravity Storm 5:46 (9.7MB)
Track 108. Dave Weiner acoustic guitar solo 5:06 (8.6MB)
Track 109. Weeping China Doll 7:18 (12.3MB)
Track 110. Answers 5:08 (8.6MB)
Track 111. The Animal 8:16 (13.9MB)
Track 112. Whispering a Prayer 10:18 (17.3MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. The Audience Is Listening 8:17 (13.9MB)
Track 202. The Moon And I 3:35 (6.0MB)
Track 203. Rescue Me or Bury Me 4:37 (7.7MB)
Track 204. Sisters 2:47 (4.7MB)
Track 205. Treasure Island 5:35 (9.4MB)
Track 206. Salamanders In The Sun 1:13 (2.0MB)
Track 207. Fire Garden Suite II - Pusa Road 2:06 (3.5MB)
Track 208. Drum Solo 5:23 (9.1MB)
Track 209. The Ultra Zone 6:06 (10.2MB)
Track 210. Frank 7:41 (12.9MB)
Track 211. Build Me a Song 12:54 (21.7MB)
Track 212. For the Love of God 11:23 (19.1MB)
Track 213. Fire Garden Suite IV - Taurus Bulba 8:20 (14.0MB)
2 hours 33 mins

Steve Vai - guitar, vocals
Dave Weiner - guitar, electric sitar, keyboards, vocals
Philip Bynoe - bass, vocals
Jeremy Coulson - drums

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  1. 6 Responses to “STEVE VAI - LEEDS 2013”

  2. Should be fun!! Amazing technical guitarist…I saw him making a cameo with Dweezil Zappa’s Zappa Does Zappa a few years back along with Dream Theater’s John Petrucci

    By DanC on Nov 22, 2013

  3. hey bigo, is workplay theatre, b’ham, al 11.13.13 out there? if so, maybe you could share it. i was there.


    By Ed Saad on Nov 22, 2013

  4. Saw Steve Vai at Irving Plaza in NYC back around Y2K with my friends. Derek Trucks opened. Steve wore a strobe light on his head and played a 3 neck guitar. Steve Vai’s Mom was there and it was her 70th birthday. Steve introduced the song for the love of God “For one night only as for the love of Mom. What a show!

    By tunafan on Nov 22, 2013

  5. Hello Ed

    If anyone had taped it, unfortunately, it has not surfaced.

    By bigozine2 on Nov 22, 2013

  6. on the main sugarmeg site the only vai shows from this year so far are -


    the last one being the only one in the usa so far.

    on the tube7 site there are 2 shows from 2012 one is g3 the other is vai with his band. the one of him is from stroudsburg pa and is audience. nothing more recent. there are 2 older items as well.

    By darth on Nov 22, 2013

  7. i wish that someone in every country would post television listings like darth does .
    wouldn`t that be great to bung up the boards with useless info like that just like he does every week?
    he thinks that he is doing a great service and apparently the only people that look at this site are from the U.S. where he lives.
    wake up dummick, this is a world wide site not your own project.

    By pitts top on Nov 27, 2013

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