DOB: June 6, 1960
From: Carle Place, New York
Bands: David Lee Roth, Zappa, Solo
Steve Vai is a rock guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and producer. Steve Vai is known as one of the world’s greatest guitar virtuosos.
Vai started his professional career with Frank Zappa. He recorded and toured in Zappa’s band from 1980 to 1982. He then began a solo career in 1983 and has released 13 solo albums as of 2008. Apart from his work with Frank Zappa, Vai has also recorded and toured with Public Image Ltd., Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake. He has composed music for movie soundtracks and in 1999 Vai started his own record label, Favored Nations.
Vai continues to tour regularly, with his own group and fellow guitar instrumentalist friend Joe Satriani on the G3 series of tours. Billy Sheehan, former David Lee Roth and Mr. Big bassist also joined him for a world tour.
In 1990, Vai released his critically acclaimed solo album Passion and Warfare. The song “For the Love of God” was voted #29 in a readers’ poll of the 100 greatest guitar solos of all time in Guitar World Magazine.
Steve Vai has been acclaimed as one of the most accomplished guitarists of all time. He is famous for his technical mastery of the guitar as well as stylish performance techniques that set him apart from the rest of the pack of aspiring guitar greats. Through his music and success, Vai remains true to his roots and strives to contribute to the world with his music. He founded the Make A Noise Foundation in 1986 to help provide young, talented musicians with instruments and options for developing their talents. By staying true to his own style and beliefs, working to better the world through his music, and putting in the time and effort to become a technical master.
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