“I couldn’t play the Hydra and I was in a lot of pain. Then things shifted into gear. I felt like I’d reached another dimension of performing”: Steve Vai on his Inviolate tour struggles, upcoming G3 reunion and first-ever music with Joe Satriani

Steve Vai
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When Steve Vai recently ended his Inviolate world tour, he’d spent 19 months playing 194 shows across 51 countries – the most exhaustive road trip of his 40-plus-year career.

Giving his mad-scientist, three-necked Hydra guitar a well-deserved breather, and also resting his 63-year-old bones, Vai tells Guitar World: “It’s always nice to complete tour cycles, which usually consist of making a record, conceiving it, writing it, recording it, rehearsing it, and touring it. I feel like I live a charmed life.”

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.