Steve Vai To Embark On Australian Leg Of ‘Inviolate’ Tour

17 July 2023 | 3:54 pm | Ellie Robinson

The legendary shredder will hit stages Down Under this November.

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Steve Vai has announced the Australian and New Zealand leg of his Inviolate world tour, hitting eight prestigious theatres Down Under from the end of October.

Vai and his band will kick things off with two back-to-back Aotearoan shows, playing the Opera House in Wellington on Tuesday October 31, then The Civic in Auckland on Wednesday November 1. Australia will follow at the end of that week, first with a gig at Brisbane’s Fortitude Music Hall on Friday November 3, then the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on Sunday November 5.

From there, Vai and co. will head to Wollongong (Monday November 6 at Anita’s Theatre), Adelaide (Wednesday 8 at the Hindley Street Music Hall) and Melbourne (Thursday 9 at the Palais Theatre), before wrapping up at the Perth Concert Hall on Saturday November 11.

Tickets for all of the shows go on sale at 2pm local time this Thursday (July 20), with a Live Nation presale kicking off at 1pm this Wednesday (July 19) – see here for more info on both sales.

“The Inviolate world tour marches on,” Vai said in a press statement. “We are saturating the entire globe on this tour. It’s everything I imagined when I was a kid jamming in my bedroom. Travelling the world like this with my band, crew and family, touching and tasting all these magnificent cultures and feeling the powerful energy from the audiences is what we call living the dream. I am eternally grateful to all the fans that make this possible. We will see you soon!”

The tour comes in support of Vai’s 10th solo album, Inviolate, an instrumental effort that arrived last January through his Favoured Nations label. It was followed up in January of this year by Vai/Gash, an album recorded in 1991 with late singer Johnny “Gash” Sombrotto, which remained unreleased until now due to the latter’s untimely death in 1998.

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Tuesday October 31 – Wellington, Opera House
Wednesday November 1 – Auckland, The Civic
Friday November 3 – Brisbane, Fortitude Music Hall
Sunday November 5 – Sydney, Enmore Theatre
Monday November 6 – Wollongong, Anita's Theatre
Wednesday November 8 – Adelaide, Hindley Street Music Hall
Thursday November 9 – Melbourne, Palais Theatre
Saturday November 11 – Perth, Concert Hall