The sight of Steve Vai conversing amiably in his Hollywood studio with Korn's James "Munky" Shaffer and Incubus' Mike Einziger, both of whom could serve as alternative poster boys, is surprising, to say the least. But these guitarists, their dreadlocks, Adidas trainers and baggy pants notwithstanding, have come not to bury Vai, but to praise him.
“I was always one of those guys who was a seeker after truth,” Steve Vai says. “I want to know what’s going on.” True enough. Vai’s relentless quest “to know what’s going on” has enabled him to plumb the transductive, vibratory mysteries of the electric guitar and come up with tonalities and techniques never before imagined. His place of honor in guitar history is secure. After all, of all the guitarists who emerged in the Eighties shred scene, Vai is quite arguably the most innovative.
The legendary Steve Vai has officially announced an August 14 release date for his new album, The Story of Light, which is set to appear courtesy of his Favored Nations label. Check out the interactive artwork for the album below.
Steve Vai and Vai.com have just posted some interesting items to eBay: the modded Marshall full stack Vai used on David Lee Roth's 1986 Eat 'Em and Smile album and lengthy supporting tour. The starting price was $1,000.
The next installment of Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp takes place Thursday through Monday, February 20, in Hollywood, California. There current batch of the camp's celeb guitarists reads like a very cool NAMM booth appearance roster.