Steve Vai leads 7,968 guitarists in a world record-breaking performance of Jimi Hendrix classic Hey Joe

Steve Vai performing Hey Joe in a world record guitar ensemble
(Image credit: Steve Vai / Instagram)

Steve Vai was on hand in Wrocław, Poland at the weekend to help break the record for the world’s largest performance of Jimi Hendrix classic, Hey Joe.

The record attempt took place on May 1 and formed the centerpiece of the town’s annual Thanks Jimi festival, which saw Wrocław’s historic Market Square dominated by nearly 8,000 guitar players.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.