Steve Vai Has Five New Albums in the Works

Steve Vai
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Steve Vai may have celebrated his 60th birthday last month, but the hard-working, boundary-smashing virtuoso certainly isn't slowing down.

Earlier this year, Vai introduced his latest Ibanez signature model, the dazzling Paradise In Art (PIA) model. Additionally, last month, Vai celebrated his birthday by unveiling a new track, "Candle Power," that featured an entirely new, finger-busting bending technique he calls "joint shifting."

Surely, you might be thinking, that must be enough to tide over a man who's already made such a lasting impression on guitar playing. The truth, however, is that Vai has a lot more in the pipeline.

In an interview with, the maestro revealed that he has not one, not two, not three, not four, but five albums in the works.

“My original plan was to record three trio-based instrumental guitar records that have no overdubs,” Vai said.

“One record was going to be all clean guitar tones. The second one was going to be my normal dirty tone. The third one was going to be this tuned-down eight-string stuff, like the heaviest stuff I could possibly dream of."

“There’s also the Real Illusions trilogy," Vai continued. "I’ve already released two records, so I decided that I should do the third one. I’ve started to pull that together.

“On one of my Alien Guitar Secrets, I did an acoustic and vocal version for a song, 'The Moon And I.' The response was so great that I thought, ‘You know what? I’m going to make an acoustic record.’ Just solo acoustic guitar and vocals."

Don't get too excited about seeing all of these projects come to fruition in the near future, however.

“It’s difficult for me to talk about them because my plans change,” Vai said. “Once I let something out that I’m doing, people expect it right away. So I should preface this with, I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

We'll certainly have our eyes, and ears, peeled either way!

Jackson Maxwell
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Jackson is an Associate Editor at and He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.