Watch Steve Vai hand his guitar to a teenage fan mid-show, who then brings the house down with his insane playing

Steve Vai
(Image credit: Steve Vai/Instagram)

Best of 2022: The European leg of Steve Vai’s Inviolate World Tour saw a glorious finale in Barcelona on July 19, when the virtuoso stepped into the crowd and gave his electric guitar to a teenage boy to play the set’s encore track, Fire Garden Suite IV – Taurus Bulba.

Vai had played 17 tracks at the Teatro Tivoli – including Tender Surrender, Bad Horsie, Little Pretty and For the Love of God – before taking a break prior to the show’s encore. Upon his return, and as he began playing Fire Garden Suite IV – Taurus Bulba, he noticed the boy in the audience, whose father had shown him a clip of him playing guitar on the cab ride to the venue.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.