July 11, 2008

About - Steve Vai (Wikipedia)

Steve Vai
Steve Vai in 2007
Steve Vai in 2007
Background information
Birth name Steven Siro Vai
Born June 6, 1960 (1960-06-06) (age 48)
Carle Place, New York
Genre(s) Instrumental rock, Hard rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock Neo-classical metal
Instrument(s) Guitar, vocals
Years active 1980 - present
Associated acts David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, Alcatrazz, Frank Zappa, G3
Website Official website
Notable instrument(s)
Ibanez JEM
Ibanez Universe

Steven "Steve" Siro Vai (born June 6, 1960 in Carle Place, New York) is an American instrumental rock guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, producer, and guitar virtuoso often regarded as one of the world's best shredders. After starting his professional career as a music transcriptionist for Frank Zappa, Vai would also record and tour in Zappa's backing band starting in 1980. The guitarist began a solo career starting in 1984 and has released 13 solo albums as of 2008. Apart from his work with Frank Zappa, Vai has also recorded and toured with numerous musical artists including Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth and Whitesnake. Vai has been a regular touring member of the G3 Concert Tour which began in 1996. In 1999 Vai started his own record label Favored Nations with the intent to showcase, as Vai describes: "...artists that have attained the highest performance level on their chosen instruments.".[1]

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