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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... …

Forgotten Guitar: 'Crossroads' and Its Unsung Guitar Hero, Arlen Roth

In early 1984, director Walter Hill contacted Arlen Roth—guitarist, columnist and co-creator of the Hot Licks instructional video series—about a new film he was about to make starring Ralph Macchio.It was to be centered on the blues and present a modern twist on the mythology and legend tied to the late Robert Johnson.The problem was Macchio couldn’t play guitar. Roth, it turns out, was the man... …

Carvin Audio Announces Steve Vai Legacy Drive Preamp Pedal

Steve Vai and Carvin Audio have announced the new Steve Vai Legacy Drive preamp pedal. Vai wanted his Legacy tube tone in a format he could pack in a carry-on bag, so Carvin Audio worked with the guitarist to create the new Legacy Drive.From the company: Take your tone anywhere with the versatility and portability of the Legacy DRIVE pedal. The Legacy Drive pedal features:12AX7 TUBE STAGES: The... …