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Steve Vai and 2Cellos Play AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" at Guitar Center

This video might not be new—in fact, it was posted to YouTube in ancient ol' 2013—but it's been making the rounds on Facebook and Twitter in recent days.So, in case you missed it ... Check out this video of 2Cellos—Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser—performing AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" at a Guitar Center store.In the clip, guitar legend Steve Vai is hosting a signing event at the store, and he (and... …

Hear Steve Vai's Isolated Guitar from "For the Love of God"

Sorry for yet another isolated guitar track, but we couldn't let this one go by. You'll agree when you start listening to it.It's Steve Vai's isolated Ibanez guitar from his 1990 masterpiece, "For the Love of God." It's one of many standout tracks on Passion and Warfare, an album Vai once described as "Jimi Hendrix meets Jesus Christ at a party that Ben Hur threw for Mel Blanc."“The song is... …

The Top Five Weirdest Ibanez Guitars—Featuring Guitars of Steve Vai

Guitar Nerds have covered the weird axes of Gibson and Fender in previous videos. So where to go next?“We thought we’d cover something a bit more shreddy,” says Mark of Guitar Nerds. “So it’s time for the top five weirdest Ibanez guitars ever made.”Among those that made the cut are models created for Reb Beach, Muse’s Matt Bellamy and—making two appearances on the list—Steve Vai, easily the... …

Watch Steve Vai's Exclusive 'Front and Center' Interview and Performance Clip

Front and Center, a riveting live-music series on public television, has debuted a new episode featuring Steve Vai.Below, you can enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the episode. The video features part of Vai's recent peformance at New York City’s Iridium club, the smallest venue Vai has played in years, plus a revealing interview that was shot prior to his performance.“When I wrote... …

Steve Vai Shares His Private Guitar Collection

When Steve Vai appeared on the cover of the September 2016 issue of Guitar World to discuss his latest projects—including the new 25th-anniversary version of his masterpiece, Passion and Warfare—he agreed to let us photograph several guitars from his staggering private collection.Below, you'll find photos of 10 guitars (mostly Ibanez), each of which is accompanied by a revealing tidbit courtesy... …

Steve Vai Shows the Creation of His Woody JEM Custom Ibanez Guitar

Guitar virtuoso Steve Vai recently shared a video on his official YouTube channel showing the creation of his custom Woody JEM, a guitar he had created by Ibanez specially for the Vai Academy “All About the Guitar” 2015 camp.As it begins, the video shows Vai arriving at Hoshino headquarters and sitting down to discuss the guitar’s specs with Mike Taft, artist relations manager for Ibanez, and... …

Steve Vai to Perform with Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles

Steve Vai has announced a unique show that'll take place 2 p.m. March 11 at Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall. The event—which teams the guitarist with the highly respected American Youth Symphony and conductor Carlos Izcaray—will find Vai performing his own music fused with orchestral material. On either end of Vai's performance, the audience will be treated to Igor Stravinsky's The Rite... …

Steve Vai Talks About His New Carvin Audio Legacy Drive Preamp Pedal

Steve talks about his history with Carvin Audio and the new Legacy Drive Preamp Pedal in this brand-new video interview.Vai wanted his Legacy tube tone in a format he could pack in a carry-on, so Carvin Audio worked with him to create the new Legacy Drive pedal. You can learn more about the pedal below the video.The Legacy Drive Pedal features:• 12AX7 TUBE STAGES The ability to reproduce the... …

Dweezil Zappa and Steve Vai Shred Frank Zappa's "Trouble Every Day"

Below, check out a particularly tasty (guitar-wise) scene from the 2008 Zappa Plays Zappa DVD (which, I might add, comes highly recommended).The clip kicks off just as Dweezil Zappa and Steve Vai are about to launch into a blistering guitar duel on Frank Zappa's "Trouble Every Day" (which was revamped by Frank and his band as "More Trouble Every Day" in the early Nineties).or this particular... …

Forgotten Guitar: Steve Vai's 1990 Appearance on MTV’s 'Headbangers Ball'

In May 1990, Steve Vai guested as host of MTV’s Headbangers Ball. Filmed around the release of Vai’s second studio album, Passion and Warfare, and during his stint with Whitesnake, Vai couldn’t have been more "in demand." His appearance was heavily advertised at the time, with many fans writing in, hoping to get a response from the virtuoso himself. In the three clips below, Vai provides us... …

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