Steve Vai

Steve Vai

 

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Steven Siro Vai (/v/; born June 6, 1960) is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer. He was voted the 10th "Greatest Guitarist" by Guitar World magazine,[1] and has sold over 15 million records.[2][3] A three-time Grammy Award winner and fifteen-time nominee,[2] Vai started his music career in 1978 at the age of 18 as a transcriptionist for Frank Zappa,[4] and joined his band from 1980 to 1983.[2] He embarked on a solo career in 1983 and has released eight solo albums to date.[5] He has recorded and toured with Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, as well as having recorded with artists such as Mary J. Blige, Spinal Tap, and Ozzy Osbourne. Additionally, Vai has toured with live-only acts G3, Zappa Plays Zappa, the Experience Hendrix tour, as well as headlining international tours.[6]

Vai has been described as a "highly individualistic player" and part of a generation of "heavy rock and metal virtuosi who came to the fore in the 1980s".[7] The launch of the Ibanez JEM guitar developed and co-designed by Vai was described as the "exact moment the entire guitar landscape was reshaped".[8] He also designed the first commercially produced seven-string guitar, the Ibanez Universe, which became popular among bands in various genres the 1990s, including nu metal,[9] death metal, and progressive metal. He released his first solo album Flex-Able in 1984, while his most successful release, Passion and Warfare (1990), was described as "the richest and best hard rock guitar-virtuoso album of the '80s".[10]

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Cupid and His Lasers
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Cupid and His Lasers is a song by musical artist Steve Vai, released on November 18, 2017.
Ghosts of Mars
 
Ghosts of Mars is a 2001 American science fiction action horror film written, directed and with music by John Carpenter.
Passion and Warfare
 
Passion and Warfare is the second studio album by guitarist Steve Vai, released in September 1990 through Relativity and Epic Records.
Real Illusions: Reflections
 
Real Illusions: Reflections is the seventh studio album by guitarist Steve Vai, released on February 22, 2005 through Epic Records.

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Joe Satriani Compares Teaching Steve Vai to Play Guitar to Teaching Kirk Hammett
  –  January 9, 2018
Steve Vai was 12 years old and could not play guitar at all when ... I mean, he's just such a unique individual as a musician."
‘Streaming for Vengeance’ With Steve Vai, Brendon Small, Full Metal Jackie + More
  –  January 12, 2018
In a world where you either evolve or become extinct, it’s critically important to identify those inevitable shifts, so we put together a panel of innovative minds to look towards the future of music creation and streaming technology. Steve Vai gives ...
Want to Learn Steve Vai's 'Crossroads' Guitar Solo? Watch This Video
  –  January 11, 2018
Whipping out a Superstrat and belting out Steve Vai's solo from the famous Crossroads guitar-duel scene has been a nifty little party trick since the movie came out back in 1986. Now, however, thanks to a fairly new YouTube channel called Digil Music Tabs ...
Steve Vai: The guitar-totting Gandalf on Radha Soami Satsang, Zappa, and all things musical
  –  October 24, 2017
A follower of the Radha Soami Satsang (Beas), Steve Vai who has three Grammys to his credit and has ... Vai has had a fair bit of experience transcribing music, leading back to his days at Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee, Vai sent both a notated ...
Joe Satriani Compares Teaching Steve Vai to Play Guitar to Teaching Kirk Hammett
  –  January 9, 2018
Steve Vai was 12 years old and could not play guitar at all when ... They were both fantastically dedicated musicians, as they are today." Last year, Kirk remembered his first lesson from Joe, telling CFOX: "It was actually very poignant.
Spinal Tap bassist to release star-studded studio album
  –  January 19, 2018
Harry Shearer, aka Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls, will release his debut solo album in April - featuring Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Taylor Hawkins, Chad Smith, Rick Wakeman and more Harry Shearer, aka Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls, has announced he’ll ...
Take a Trip Through the Notebook That Steve Vai Used to Teach Dweezil Zappa Guitar
  –  January 19, 2018
It's not an uncommon thing for a father to ask a friend of his to teach his son a thing or two, especially if that friend is especially skilled at something, but that situation takes on a very uncommon flair when it's Frank Zappa asking his bandmate and ...
Spinal Tap's Derek Smalls To Drop Debut Solo Album In Character
  –  January 19, 2018
touring guitarist Joe Satriani and it also sees the return of Steve Vai who worked on the original Spinal Tap music. 'Lukewarm Water Live' will take Smalls to New Orleans' Saenger Theater on April 14th with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as ...
Spinal Tap's Derek Smalls Recruits Guitar Greats For New Album
  –  January 19, 2018
For his forthcoming debut solo album, Smalls Change, the Spinal Tap bassist (better known as comedian/actor Harry Shearer) enlisted a slew of guitar greats, including Steve Lukather, Skunk Baxter, Peter Frampton, Waddy Wachtel, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai ...
Steve Vai to Guitarists: Picking Needs to Be Experimented With Too!
  –  January 19, 2018
"When I first started, my tone was terrible due to my picking technique." Steve Vai said the impact of guitar picking on the overall tone is something many guitarists tend to neglect, explaining to Guitar World (transcribed by UG): "Picking needs to be ...
Satriani brings G3 Tour back to Utah
  –  January 19, 2018
“I could say that I’m surprised at the durability of G3 and how much it’s grown, but in a way I’m not,” Satriani said of G3 Tour, which has also featured guitar legends like Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Yngwie Malmsteen and Kenny Wayne Shepherd in ...
Harry Shearer’s Spinal Tap Character Announces Solo Album Featuring A Ton Of Classic Rock Guys
  –  January 18, 2018
As Rolling Stone reports, David Crosby, Donald Fagen, Peter Frampton, Taylor Hawkins, Chad Smith, Rick Wakeman, Dweezil Zappa, Joe Satriana, and Steve Vai will appear on the album. The fictional Smalls described the album as “halfway between ‘rage ...
Spinal Tap Bassist Derek Smalls Announces Star-Studded Solo Album, 'Smalls Change'
  –  January 18, 2018
The "lukewarm water" of Spinal Tap returns with the help of Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Peter Frampton, Dweezil Zappa, Steve Lukather, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Richard Thompson and a host of others. The "lukewarm water" of Spinal Tap returns with the help of ...
Rejoice! There's a new Spinal Tap album on the way (sort of)
  –  January 18, 2018
“Hell Toupee” (featuring the Hungarian Studio Orchestra) 12. “Gummin the Gash” (featuring Steve Vai, Gregg Bisonnette and Jane Lynch) 13. “She Puts the Bitch in Obituary” (featuring Richard Thompson and Jane Lynch)
Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls teams up with Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers members for new album
  –  January 18, 2018
Joe Satriana and Steve Vai. Smith appears on a track called ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Transplant’, while Hawkins features on ‘Butt Call’. The album has been described as “halfway between ‘rage against the dying light’ and trying to find the light.”
Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls Recruits All-Star Lineup for ‘Smalls Change’ Album
  –  January 17, 2018
Other guests include Steve Lukather, Judith Owen, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Larry Carlton, Donald Fagen, Peter Frampton, Waddy Wachtel, Todd Sucherman, Paul Shaffer, David Crosby, Dweezil Zappa, Steve Vai, Greg Bissonette ...
Spinal Tap Legend Derek Smalls To Release His First Solo Album
  –  January 17, 2018
Think again. 12. Gummin the Gash – Derek with Steve Vai (guitar), Gregg Bisonnette (drums, Ringo Starr) and Jane Lynch (vocals) Losing your teeth closes one door, and opens another. A celebration of the meeting of two toothless cavities. 13. She Puts the ...
Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls announces debut solo album, Smalls Change, shares title track: Watch
  –  January 17, 2018
Faith No More – (feat. The Hungarian Studio Orchestra and Todd Sucherman (drums, Styx)) 12. Gummin the Gash – (feat. Steve Vai (guitar), Gregg Bisonnette (drums, Ringo Starr) and Jane Lynch (vocals)) 13. She Puts the Bitch in Obituary – (feat.
Spinal Tap Bassist Returns With David Crosby, Peter Frampton on Solo LP
  –  January 17, 2018
David Crosby, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, Peter Frampton, Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith, former Yes member Rick Wakeman, Dweezil Zappa, Joe Satriana and Steve Vai will appear on the record with many others. Smalls described ...
Harry Shearer Is Putting Out A Superstar-Studded Solo Album As His Fictional Spinal Tap Character
  –  January 17, 2018
“Hell Toupee” (featuring the Hungarian Studio Orchestra) 12. “Gummin the Gash” (featuring Steve Vai, Gregg Bisonnette and Jane Lynch) 13. “She Puts the Bitch in Obituary” (featuring Richard Thompson and Jane Lynch) 14.”When Men Did Rock ...
The 7 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week
  –  January 15, 2018
It’s served as “who’s who” of six-string icons over the past 20-odd years with previous lineups ranging from Steve Vai and Eric Johnson to Steve Lukather and Robert Fripp. Feel free to throw up some hook’em horns as a proper show of devotions ...
JOE SATRIANI Says 'G3' Tour Was Created Because 'Success Had Isolated' Him From Everybody
  –  January 14, 2018
The tour, which launched in 1996 with Satriani along with Eric Johnson and Steve Vai, has since showcased some of rock's best guitarists, including John Petrucci (DREAM THEATER), Steve Morse (DEEP PURPLE), Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, Robert Fripp and ...
Black Jacket Symphony breathes new life into "Led Zeppelin II"
  –  January 11, 2018
Heartbreaker," the first track on side two — back when albums had sides — features guitar-tapping techniques later much-copied by players including Eddie van Halen, Steve Vai, and practically every spandex-wearing guy you've ever seen in a bar.
Special Mojo
  –  January 10, 2018
It comes out four days before the fifth stop—Salt Lake City—on G3 2018, the 17th iteration of the tour that debuted in 1996 with Satriani, Steve Vai and Eric Johnson as the original axe-god trinity. Immensely popular among fans of instrumental guitar ...
Latest G3 summit features axemen Satriani, Petrucci and Collen
  –  January 6, 2018
The G3 tour first happened in 1996, and past outings have found Satriani joined by such top-tier guitarists as Steve Vai, Petrucci, Eric Johnson and Robert Fripp. The wild card on this year’s tour would seem to be Collen. Unlike other G3 artists ...
Steve Vai enthrals crowd in Meghalaya
  –  October 30, 2017
GUWAHATI: The verdant hills of Meghalaya came alive on Saturday when guitar legend Steve Vai enthralled thousands of music lovers at the third edition of the NH7 Weekender in Jowai. It was the Grammy award-winner's first ever performance in the country.
Steve Vai: The guitar-totting Gandalf on Radha Soami Satsang, Zappa, and all things musical
  –  October 24, 2017
He’s come to India three times in the past 20-odd years. Each time his visits have taken him to Beas, Amritsar. A follower of the Radha Soami Satsang (Beas), Steve Vai who has three Grammys to his credit and has sold over 15 million records, will finally ...

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