Steve Vai tore a tendon in his shoulder while making pizza

Steve Vai
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Steve Vai seems to have made a habit of sustaining injuries in rather unusual ways. Back in March, he revealed he had to undergo surgery for trigger finger after holding a guitar chord for too long.

Shortly afterwards, the virtuoso revealed he'd also undergone surgery for a prior shoulder injury, which he now attributes to “50 years of abuse playing the guitar”. Naturally, Vai refused to let the injuries hinder his creative output, and released a song entitled Knappsack – which he plays with one hand – while recovering.

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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.