Steve Vai: Kurt Cobain and Billie Joe Armstrong's playing is "virtuosic"

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When Kurt Cobain and Nirvana first unleashed Nevermind on the world, Steve Vai was coming off a stint in Whitesnake and recording insane electric guitar instrumentals like this.

So you could be forgiven for assuming a guy like Vai might not appreciate the playing of someone like Cobain. But you’d also, apparently, be wrong.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.