“The guitar duel scene with Ry Cooder wasn’t working. Ry called up Guitar Player and asked who the new hotshot on the block was”: Steve Vai on how he got the career-defining Crossroads gig

Steve Vai performs at the Limelight in Chicago, Illinois on June 27, 1987
(Image credit: Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

Steve Vai has called starring in Crossraoads’ iconic guitar duel scene a pivotal moment in his career.

Speaking in the latest issue of Guitar World, which uncovers the stories behind 1984’s most ground-breaking guitar albums, he discussed how the success of his debut solo record, Flex-Able, helped open doors to big opportunities for the young guitarist. 

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.