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Stream Tuesday’s Interview with Steve Vai Right Here

BackStory Events, Guitar World and Ibanez invite you to join us for the live stream of our exclusive interview with Steve Vai.The interview will take place Tuesday, August 22, at 6 p.m. EST, live from the Cutting Room in New York City.We’ll discuss the release of Modern Primitive—his Passion and Warfare 25th-anniversary release—and cover career highlights and insights from this guitar genius.... …

Steve Vai on His Favorite Guitarist: "It's Hard to Realize How Great He Is—Not Many People Understand"

The gang over at Music Radar recently sat down with guitar legend Steve Vai and asked him to name "the 10 guitarists that blew his mind." You can check out this full list right here; but if you wanted to get right to the meat of the list—Vai's fave guitarist—read on."I very rarely agree with the term 'best guitar player'," Vai says. "It just seems so obscene to put something so subjective into... …

Steve Vai Invites Guitarists to Vai Academy 4.0

Always dreamed of getting some in-person guitar instruction from Steve Vai? Here’s your chance.At the Vai Academy, which will take place January 3 to 7, 2018, at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs in Palm Springs, California, you can join Vai, Steve Morse, St. Vincent, Yngwie Malmsteen and other special guests for four nights of non-stop guitar.Now in its fourth year, the event is targeted toward... …

Steve Vai's Course in Ear Training, Part 1

GuitarWorld.com is revisiting Steve Vai's classic column, "The Ultra Zone," for this crash course in ear training.I could never overstate the importance of a musician’s need to develop his or her ear. Actually, I believe that developing a good “inner ear”—the art of being able to decipher musical components solely through listening—is the most important element in becoming a good musician.... …

Seven Kick-Ass Seven-String Guitar Songs

Look around you. There seems to be a seven-string renaissance happening at the moment. Actually, eight-string guitars seem to be going pretty strong, too.But there's something particularly satisfying about plugging in a seven and riffing out in between the traditional ranges of the guitar and bass.Don't get me wrong; eight strings are great for getting right down into low-end territory and... …

Watch Steve Vai Perform Led Zeppelin Classics with Zepparella

Zepparella rocked the third annual Malibu Guitar Festival this past weekend—and they had a little help from Steve Vai.Vai joined the popular all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band for several classic Led Zep tunes, including "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" and "Whole Lotta Love," both of which you can check out below."It’s going to be a little different from a normal Zepparella show," Zepparella... …

Steve Vai Talks Malibu Guitar Festival, Favorite Live Shows and More

In anticipation of the Malibu Guitar Festival, which kicked off yesterday, May 18, and runs through May 21, we sat down with Festival performer and all-around guitar virtuoso Steve Vai to chat about the week’s festivities, guitars and more.Now in its third year, the Malibu Guitar Festival brings together some of the world’s greatest players for four days of all things guitar, along with unique... …

Watch Steve Vai Play a Fan's Parker Fly Guitar

Warning: There's nothing newsy or earth-shattering about this story; it's just a little something posted by a guitar geek for other guitar geeks. You've been warned!An interesting new clip turned up on YouTube earlier this spring; it shows someone handing Steve Vai a Parker Fly guitar at the 2015 Vai Academy in Vail, Colorado."Steve was waiting for his tech to find his [Ibanez] EVO," writes... …

Watch Steve Vai and Nuno Bettencourt Play "Yankee Rose" and "Voodoo Child" at a Bowling Alley

On a Wednesday night in January, a few friends got together for a low-key gig at Hollywood's Lucky Strike—a hidden bowling alley that doubles as a rock venue.The gig, which was dubbed Soundcheck Live, was hosted by none other than Nuno Bettencourt.He and his friends—including Steve Vai, Phil X, Richie Kotzen, Tom Morello, Stu Hamm and Kenny Aronoff—filed on and off the stage all night long,... …

Steve Vai and Steuart Smith Perform "Hotel California" as Eagles Look On

The 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors aired on CBS December 27, 2016, celebrating James Taylor, Al Pacino, Mavis Staples, Argentine pianist Martha Argerich and the Eagles.The annual broadcast usually features at least one emotional performance (Remember when Heart completely crushed "Stairway to Heaven" as Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones looked on in 2012?), and December 27 was no... …

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