Meet Dante Frisiello, Steve Vai's new guitar sideman who went from law school to playing with his hero

Dante Frisiello and Steve Vai performs at Teatro Dal Verme on April 07, 2023 in Milan, Italy.
(Image credit: Sergione Infuso/Corbis via Getty Images)

It couldn't have been easy for Dante Frisiello to set aside the safety of a traditional job to chase his six-string dreams. But caution be dammed, the young guitarist did just that.

Of course, choosing to do so via Steve Vai's band was a bold first step to that end. What's more, filling the shoes of longtime Vai cohort Dave Weiner was bolder than bold. But great things aren't accomplished by sitting back and watching the world pass by, right?

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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.