Rock 'n' roll is one of two jobs in which you are encouraged to set your tools on fire when you're done with them—the other, of course, is dentistry. Hear hot licks with this GrouponLive deal to see Steve Vai at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Thursday, September 20, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Choose from the following seating options:
- For $20, you get one ticket for balcony seating in rows C–N (up to a $39.10 value, including fees).
- For $30, you get one ticket for mezzanine seating in rows CC–DD (up to a $61.35 value, including fees).
- For $40, you get one ticket for middle-orchestra-left seating in rows M–P (up to a $61.35 value, including fees).
Wearing his trademark rectangular sunglasses with coloured lenses, Steve Vai stands at center stage, six-stringed Ibanez in hand. He fingerpicks his axe, then taps on a pedal that transforms its natural sound into a spacey wail akin to a theremin. Light bends during the solo. His emotional intensity waxes and wanes.
In concert, Vai appeases serious fans with more than 20 gems from his eight-album catalogue, whether it be the synth-heavy “Whispering a Prayer” or “Velorum,” a metal ballad packed with hypnotic harmonies from his latest release, The Story of Light. In addition to his standard set, he often puts an audience member on the spot, asking them to write an original tune and recite the alphabet backwards during a segment called Build Me a Song. Songstress Beverly McClellan, best known for her throaty rendition of Janis Joplin's “Piece of My Heart” on the TV competition The Voice, preps audiences for the guitar acrobatics with an opening set. She reappears later in the night to sing lead on Vai’s funk-tinged stomper “John the Revelator.”
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
The largest soft-seat theatre in Canada, the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts is perhaps most famous for its overhanging marquee outside. The diagonal canopy and its snake-like rows of lights were restored to their original form in 2010, along with the facility’s wood, brass, and marble accents. Inside the lobby, York Wilson’s mural, The Seven Lively Arts, fills eyes with fractured, panoramic representations of various artistic media, from slanted musical staffs to menacing Greek theatre masks.
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