I recently had the honor of watching Steve Vai during an unaccompanied soundcheck and was surprised by what I heard. There was something different about his sound, a ballsy low-mid energy that gave his tone the kind of depth and earthy elements it had back in his mid-Eighties Flex-Able/David Lee Roth period. I later learned that the source of this scorching tone is Vai’s new set of DiMarzio Gravity Storm pickups. Whereas his Evolution pickups featured cutting attack, in-your-face presentation and extremely dense upper harmonics, the Gravity Storms are warm and fat, with a kicking low-end edge.
Former Star Trek and T.J. Hooker star William Shatner, 82, has released the music video for "Ponder the Mystery," the title track from his new album, which was released October 8. Although the song features Steve Vai on guitar, Vai does not appear in the video. The guitarist (and background singer) in the video is Billy Sherwood, the album's producer.
Former Star Trek and T.J. Hooker star William Shatner, 82, has announced another album. His latest effort, Ponder the Mystery, will feature guest appearances by guitarists Steve Vai, Al Di Meola, Vince Gill and Robby Krieger of the Doors and will be released October 8.
Dave Weiner has been a member of Steve Vai’s band for more than a decade and has toured the world with him seven times over. On their latest tour, Weiner was given the opportunity to not only play with Vai’s band, but also to open with a solo acoustic set, supporting his instrumental album, A Collection of Short Stories.
If you look at the elements of that record, it contains many of the things I enjoy doing today. It has history, melody, and the lyrics are wonderful. Along with its enchanting and exquisite melodies, West Side Story has attitude and a tremendous amount of frenetic energy. It's emotional, theatrical and technical. It's everything.
Steve Vai will present The Story Of Light Live, a full-on spectacle of a concert performed live in Los Angeles. AXS TV will premiere the performance 8 p.m. August 25 with an encore showing 12:10 a.m. ET August 26.
A few years ago, the editors of Guitar World magazine compiled what we feel is the ultimate guide to the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time. The list, which has been quoted by countless artists, websites and publications around the world, starts with Richie Sambora's work on Bon Jovi's “Wanted Dead or Alive” (100) and builds to a truly epic finish with Jimmy Page's solo on "Stairway to Heaven" (01).
Holy crap. Is it over when you start to dress like that onstage? Schenker with Chicago Bulls NBA shorts and a leather motorcycle jacket with Oakley shades to pull the look together? As Heidi Klum used to say on Project Runway, "I'm sorry, Michael, you are out ... auf Wiedersehen."