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Watch Steve Vai Talk Riffs, Gear, Led Zeppelin on 'My Favorite Riff with Nikki Sixx'

Yesterday, former Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx sat down with Steve Vai to talk riffs, gear and Led Zeppelin on his series, My Favorite Riff with Nikki Sixx.Vai also tells Sixx some anecdotes about his time working with Frank Zappa, discussing both an instance in which he transcribed one of Zappa's famously lewd stories into a guitar piece, and how Zappa would push his bandmates into... …

Here's Your Chance to Own a Piece of Steve Vai's Gear

Reverb.com and LA’s Techno Empire have partnered to sell nearly 30 pieces of gear owned by legendary guitarist Steve Vai. The Techno Empire Reverb Shop features guitars, amps, cabinets, and more from Vai’s personal gear collection.“These items are part of a small cache of gear that Steve was clearing out of his studio and touring rig,” said Techno Empire’s founder and CEO Sleven Rucci-Airo. ... …

Steve Miller, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Warren Haynes, Joe Bonamassa and More Play "I'm Tore Down"

On June 9, 2015—in celebration of what would've been Les Paul's 100th birthday—a truly impressive cast of six-string personalities gathered in New York City to pay tribute to the late guitarist, songwriter and inventor.In fact, the guitar community threw one hell of a party right in Times Square, not far from the Iridium, the club where Les Paul regularly performed during the last years of his... …

Steve Vai Confirms Participation in Frank Zappa Hologram Tour

Steve Vai has confirmed that he will participate in the upcoming Eyellusion/Zappa Family Trust Frank Zappa hologram tour, explaining his involvement in a lengthy Facebook post.The initial press release announcing the tour claimed that former Zappa collaborators such as Vai, Adrian Belew (who has since confirmed that he is not, in fact, participating in the tour) and Ian Underwood had "committed... …

Steve Vai Left Speechless After Dueling with a Brazilian Fan

We're not sure how we missed this one. A little over two years ago (June 27, 2015, to be exact), a young Brazilian guitarist's dream came true; the guitarist—Patrick Souza—got to share the stage with his idol, Steve Vai.But it's a lot more interesting than it sounds; in fact, the pair engaged in a guitar duel that left Vai speechless.For a bit of context, Vai was conducting a guitar workshop in... …

Dweezil Zappa Will Not Participate in Upcoming Frank Zappa Hologram Tour

Dweezil Zappa—son of legendary guitarist Frank Zappa—has confirmed that he will not participate in the upcoming Eyellusion/Zappa Family Trust Frank Zappa hologram tour.Shortly after the tour's announcement, Zappa tweeted a clip from the film Goodfellas in which Ray Liotta laughs maniacally. He captioned the clip by saying, “This seems appropriate at this moment in time.”A user then asked Zappa,... …

Watch Frank Zappa and Steve Vai Play "Stevie's Spanking" in 1982

"I feel comfortable playing with Steve Vai," Frank Zappa told Guitar World in 1982. "I mean, I like the way he plays. I think he's really a great guitar player. He does everything on the guitar that I don't do."He does all of the stock Stratocaster noises and he makes everything that Van Halen ever dreamed of and then some. He reads music. He plays sixteenth notes, which I don't play. And he... …

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,... …

Guitarist Searches for Tabs When Someone Requests a Steve Vai Song

Guitarist David Smash—whose YouTube moniker is Dovydas—was performing a solo gig at a brewery in Bradenton, Florida, one Tuesday night this summer.Besides the fact that it was a slow night (his audience consisted of five people, which happens to the best of us), everything was going along just fine—until someone threw him a curve ball and requested a Steve Vai song. The song in question is ... …

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.... …

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