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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... …

Watch Steve Vai and Generation Axe Congratulate Neal Schon on Rock Hall Induction

On April 7, Journey were among the honorees at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 32nd annual induction ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.The event brought Journey—including longtime guitarist Neal Schon—together with their former singer, Steve Perry, who hasn't been a Journey man since 1998."There were so many emotions, and I was first to speak, so It was actually a bit surreal... …

Ritchie Blackmore Talks "Highway Star"; Covers by Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Joe Satriani and More

The bulk of this story is from the Guitar World archives, from our "100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time" series. Enjoy!“Highway Star” is but one highlight of Machine Head, Deep Purple’s greatest triumph.Ironically, it almost never came to be. In early 1972, shortly after retreating to Montreaux, Switzerland, to record, the British band was beset by a wealth of problems. "First, the place they... …

Steve Vai: Five Things We Learned from His New Ernie Ball 'String Theory' Episode

String Theory is a web series from Ernie Ball that explores the sonic origins of some of music's most innovative players.Today we’re happy to bring you the latest episode in the series, which stars Steve Vai. In the clip, which you can watch below, Vai shares many stories, including how he started playing guitar, his introduction to Ernie Ball strings, his influences and more.In fact, he... …

Steve Vai: “Frank Zappa’s Advice Saved Me Literally Millions of Dollars”

Steve Vai was all of about 20 years old when he began performing with Frank Zappa in 1980. By then, Zappa was a seasoned professional who had been in the music business almost as long as Vai had been alive.It would follow that Zappa might have some advice for Vai about how to have a long and successful music career.As Vai tells Rick Beato in the premiere episode of Beato’s new show, Sounding... …

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