History Music / SteveVai

6th Nov '15 7:32:59 AM Akriloth2160
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Although, since 1984, his solo career has been his main focus, Vai has contributed to other acts, including Music/OzzyOsbourne, Music/{{Whitesnake}}, Music/{{Motorhead}}, and Music/DavidLeeRoth. His SignatureSong is "For The Love Of God".

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Although, since 1984, his solo career has been his main focus, Vai has contributed to other acts, including Music/OzzyOsbourne, Music/{{Whitesnake}}, Music/{{Motorhead}}, Music/{{Alcatrazz}} and Music/DavidLeeRoth. His SignatureSong is "For The Love Of God".
30th Oct '15 5:30:22 PM nombretomado
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More currently, Vai contributed to the VideoGame/{{Halo}} 2 soundtrack with a rock version of the game's main theme. This version of the theme was included as downloadable content on the XBox 360 version of GuitarHero III. Even more recently, a few of his songs have been featured on the RockBand Network. He is also known for the extra introductary solo on the ''Film/BillAndTed'' version of Music/{{KISS}}'s "God Gave Rock and Roll to You II."

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More currently, Vai contributed to the VideoGame/{{Halo}} 2 soundtrack with a rock version of the game's main theme. This version of the theme was included as downloadable content on the XBox 360 version of GuitarHero III. ''VideoGame/GuitarHero III''. Even more recently, a few of his songs have been featured on the RockBand VideoGame/RockBand Network. He is also known for the extra introductary introductory solo on the ''Film/BillAndTed'' version of Music/{{KISS}}'s "God Gave Rock and Roll to You II."
12th Oct '15 2:45:17 PM Tonestronaut
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[[caption-width-right:339:Yes, that is a three necked guitar. No, its not just for show.]]

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[[caption-width-right:339:Yes, that is a three necked guitar. No, its it's not just for show.]]
29th Aug '15 9:35:46 PM Adept
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* "Sex & Religion" (1993) (featuring vocals from a then-unknown {{Devin Townsend}})

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* "Sex & Religion" (1993) (featuring vocals from a then-unknown {{Devin Townsend}})Music/DevinTownsend)
11th Apr '15 2:36:18 AM Nanogon
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* "The Story of Light" (2012)
4th Mar '15 1:08:53 PM Patachou
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[floatboxright:Influences:
+ Music/JeffBeck, Music/JoeSatriani, Jimmy Page, Music/FrankZappa]



In the 70s, Vai took some guitar lessons from Joe Satriani, played in some local bands and followed up on his lessons by attending the Berklee College of Music. In 1979, he sent Frank Zappa a transcription of Zappa's drum instrumental, "The Black Page," from ''Music/ZappaInNewYork'' and a tape of some of his guitar playing. Zappa was so impressed by this, that he hired Vai on to transcribe many of his guitar solos. Not long after this, he was promoted to full band member status. Zappa actually felt that Vai was so good that he called him "his little Italian virtuoso" and would credit him as performing "stunt guitar" or "impossible guitar parts." Part of this was because Vai would encourage audience members to bring in musical scores to see if he could sight read them. Of course, all good things must come to an end and he left Frank Zappa in 1982 to focus on a solo career.

Although, since 1984, his solo career has been his main focus, Vai has contributed to other acts, including Music/OzzyOsbourne, Music/{{Whitesnake}}, Music/{{Motorhead}}, and Music/DavidLeeRoth.

More currently, Vai contributed to the {{Halo}} 2 soundtrack with a rock version of the game's main theme. This version of the theme was included as downloadable content on the XBox 360 version of GuitarHero III. Even more recently, a few of his songs have been featured on the RockBand Network. He is also known for the extra introductary solo on the ''Film/BillAndTed'' version of Music/{{KISS}}'s "God Gave Rock and Roll to You II."

[floatboxright:
Influences:
+Music/JeffBeck, Music/JoeSatriani, Jimmy Page]

Studio discography:
* Flex-Able (1984)
* Flex-Able Leftovers (1984)
* Passion and Warfare (1990)
* Sex & Religion (1993) (featuring vocals from a then-unknown {{Devin Townsend}})
* Alien Love Secrets (1995)
* Fire Garden (1996)
* The Ultra Zone (1999)
* Real Illusions: Reflections (2005)

[[AC:This guitarist may exhibit the following tropes:]]

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In the 70s, 1970s, Vai took some guitar lessons from Joe Satriani, played in some local bands and followed up on his lessons by attending the Berklee College of Music. In 1979, he sent Frank Zappa a transcription of Zappa's drum instrumental, "The Black Page," from ''Music/ZappaInNewYork'' and a tape of some of his guitar playing. Zappa was so impressed by this, that he hired Vai on to transcribe many of his guitar solos. Not long after this, he was promoted to full band member status. Zappa actually felt that Vai was so good that he called him "his little Italian virtuoso" and would credit him as performing "stunt guitar" or "impossible guitar parts." Part of this was because Vai would encourage audience members to bring in musical scores to see if he could sight read them. Of course, all good things must come to an end and he left Frank Zappa in 1982 to focus on a solo career.

Although, since 1984, his solo career has been his main focus, Vai has contributed to other acts, including Music/OzzyOsbourne, Music/{{Whitesnake}}, Music/{{Motorhead}}, and Music/DavidLeeRoth.

Music/DavidLeeRoth. His SignatureSong is "For The Love Of God".

More currently, Vai contributed to the {{Halo}} VideoGame/{{Halo}} 2 soundtrack with a rock version of the game's main theme. This version of the theme was included as downloadable content on the XBox 360 version of GuitarHero III. Even more recently, a few of his songs have been featured on the RockBand Network. He is also known for the extra introductary solo on the ''Film/BillAndTed'' version of Music/{{KISS}}'s "God Gave Rock and Roll to You II."

[floatboxright:
Influences:
+Music/JeffBeck, Music/JoeSatriani, Jimmy Page]

!! Studio discography:
* Flex-Able "Flex-Able" (1984)
* Flex-Able Leftovers (1984)
"Flex-Able Leftovers"(1984)
* Passion "Passion and Warfare Warfare" (1990)
* Sex "Sex & Religion Religion" (1993) (featuring vocals from a then-unknown {{Devin Townsend}})
* Alien "Alien Love Secrets Secrets" (1995)
* Fire Garden "Fire Garden" (1996)
* The "The Ultra Zone Zone" (1999)
* Real "Real Illusions: Reflections Reflections" (2005)

!! Appearances on other musicians' albums:

!! Music/FrankZappa
* ''Music/TinseltownRebellion'' (1981)
* ''Music/ShutUpNPlayYerGuitar'' (1981)
* ''Music/YouAreWhatYouIs'' (1981)
* ''Music/ShipArrivingTooLateToSaveADrowningWitch'' (1982)
* ''Music/TheManFromUtopia'' (1982)
* ''Music/ThemOrUs'' (1984)
* ''Music/ThingFish'' (1984)
* ''Music/FrankZappaMeetsTheMothersOfPrevention'' (1985)
* ''Music/JazzFromHell'' (1986)
* ''Music/{{Guitar}}'' (1988)
* The "You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore" series.

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[[AC:This guitarist may exhibit the following tropes:]]



* HiddenDepths: Steve Vai is an avowed apiarist [[note]] beekeeping [[/note]], who even gives school children lectures about the subject.



* {{Instrumentals}}: He is known for his impressive guitar solos.



* SignatureSong: For the Love of God

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* SignatureSong: For the Love of GodSingerNameDrop: Zappa once wrote a song about Vai's antics with a groupie called "Stevie's Spanking", from ''Music/ThemOrUs''.
25th Feb '15 12:47:01 PM MrMatt
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+Jeff Beck, Music/JoeSatriani, Jimmy Page]

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+Jeff Beck, +Music/JeffBeck, Music/JoeSatriani, Jimmy Page]
21st Jan '15 11:58:04 AM Patachou
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In the 70s, Vai took some guitar lessons from Joe Satriani, played in some local bands and followed up on his lessons by attending the Berklee College of Music. In 1979, he sent Frank Zappa a transcription of Zappa's drum instrumental, "The Black Page," and a tape of some of his guitar playing. Zappa was so impressed by this, that he hired Vai on to transcribe many of his guitar solos. Not long after this, he was promoted to full band member status. Zappa actually felt that Vai was so good that he called him "his little Italian virtuoso" and would credit him as performing "stunt guitar" or "impossible guitar parts." Part of this was because Vai would encourage audience members to bring in musical scores to see if he could sight read them. Of course, all good things must come to an end and he left Frank Zappa in 1982 to focus on a solo career.

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In the 70s, Vai took some guitar lessons from Joe Satriani, played in some local bands and followed up on his lessons by attending the Berklee College of Music. In 1979, he sent Frank Zappa a transcription of Zappa's drum instrumental, "The Black Page," from ''Music/ZappaInNewYork'' and a tape of some of his guitar playing. Zappa was so impressed by this, that he hired Vai on to transcribe many of his guitar solos. Not long after this, he was promoted to full band member status. Zappa actually felt that Vai was so good that he called him "his little Italian virtuoso" and would credit him as performing "stunt guitar" or "impossible guitar parts." Part of this was because Vai would encourage audience members to bring in musical scores to see if he could sight read them. Of course, all good things must come to an end and he left Frank Zappa in 1982 to focus on a solo career.



More currently, Vai contributed to the {{Halo}} 2 soundtrack with a rock version of the game's main theme. This version of the theme was included as downloadable content on the XBox 360 version of GuitarHero III. Even more recently, a few of his songs have been featured on the RockBand Network. He is also known for the extra introductary solo on the ''Film/BillAndTed'' version of {{KISS}}'s "God Gave Rock and Roll to You II."

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More currently, Vai contributed to the {{Halo}} 2 soundtrack with a rock version of the game's main theme. This version of the theme was included as downloadable content on the XBox 360 version of GuitarHero III. Even more recently, a few of his songs have been featured on the RockBand Network. He is also known for the extra introductary solo on the ''Film/BillAndTed'' version of {{KISS}}'s Music/{{KISS}}'s "God Gave Rock and Roll to You II."
30th Mar '13 6:23:13 PM JIKTV
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'''Steve Vai''' is, like his mentor, JoeSatriani, an [[{{instrumentals}} instrumental rock]] and ProgressiveRock guitarist from NewYork. His first major claim to fame was playing for and transcribing songs for FrankZappa, but he has an extensive solo discography that takes many cues from both Zappa and Satriani.

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'''Steve Vai''' is, like his mentor, JoeSatriani, Music/JoeSatriani, an [[{{instrumentals}} instrumental rock]] and ProgressiveRock guitarist from NewYork. UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. His first major claim to fame was playing for and transcribing songs for FrankZappa, Music/FrankZappa, but he has an extensive solo discography that takes many cues from both Zappa and Satriani.



Although, since 1984, his solo career has been his main focus, Vai has contributed to other acts, including OzzyOsbourne, {{Whitesnake}}, Music/{{Motorhead}}, and [[VanHalen David Lee Roth.]]

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Although, since 1984, his solo career has been his main focus, Vai has contributed to other acts, including OzzyOsbourne, {{Whitesnake}}, Music/OzzyOsbourne, Music/{{Whitesnake}}, Music/{{Motorhead}}, and [[VanHalen David Lee Roth.]]
Music/DavidLeeRoth.



+Jeff Beck, JoeSatriani, Jimmy Page]

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+Jeff Beck, JoeSatriani, Music/JoeSatriani, Jimmy Page]
25th Oct '12 10:11:16 PM Aiguille
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More currently, Vai contributed to the {{Halo}} 2 soundtrack with a rock version of the game's main theme. This version of the theme was included as downloadable content on the XBox 360 version of GuitarHero III. Even more recently, a few of his songs have been featured on the RockBand Network. He is also known for the extra introductary solo on the BillAndTed version of {{KISS}}'s "God Gave Rock and Roll to You II."

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More currently, Vai contributed to the {{Halo}} 2 soundtrack with a rock version of the game's main theme. This version of the theme was included as downloadable content on the XBox 360 version of GuitarHero III. Even more recently, a few of his songs have been featured on the RockBand Network. He is also known for the extra introductary solo on the BillAndTed ''Film/BillAndTed'' version of {{KISS}}'s "God Gave Rock and Roll to You II."
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