As many of us know, Canadian musician and vocalist Devin Townsend laid down vocals for Steve Vai‘s classic and revered 1993 album “Sex & Religion“. The two would later reconnect again for the first time since the early nineties back in 2017 during an appearance at the Starmus festival.
Townsend recently gave a press conference at this year’s edition of Hellfest, to which he said that he would be “happy” to work with Vai again. He did also make note however that he doesn’t really like the “Sex & Religion” song “Here & Now.”
Townsend said: “I didn’t like that song, but I love Steve. And if he wants me to do something with him, of course I’ll do something with him. He’s a genius, and I love him. I love that guy. But also I think a lot of what made that record interesting yet very odd was the fact that we’re very different. And back then we were really different. Now we’re less different, but we’re still very different. And the Starmus Festival was great to reconnect, but we’re still very different. And I may be wrong, but I think our reasons for doing what we do are fundamentally slightly different, and it’s always a little chocolate and cheese, you know? But among the people who I count as being closest to my heart, he is one of the very few. And as a friend, I would be happy to do anything that he would ask of me because I love him. It’s true.”
As for further Devin Townsend news, he just recently announced the upcoming release of his new studio album “Lightwork” for October 28. The album was produced by Townsend and Gggarth Richardson (BIFFY CLYRO, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE), and features artwork by the legendary Travis Smith (OPETH, KATATONIA). “Lightwork” will be accompanied by a companion record called “Nightwork“, available as part of the limited edition versions of the release.
More details will be revealed in the future along with pre-order information.