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

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



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->''"I loved the guitar, and I had all of this music in my head. My passion for the guitar and the ideas for what I could create musically were equal. So that's where I was."''


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 ''VideoGame/GuitarHero III''. Even more recently, a few of his songs have been featured on the VideoGame/RockBand Network. He is also known for the extra introductory 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 Xbox 360 version of ''VideoGame/GuitarHero III''. Even more recently, a few of his songs have been featured on the VideoGame/RockBand Network. He is also known for the extra introductory solo on the ''Film/BillAndTed'' version of Music/{{KISS}}'s "God Gave Rock and Roll to You II."


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

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Steve Steven Siro Vai (born June 6, 1960) is, like his mentor, Music/JoeSatriani, an [[{{instrumentals}} instrumental rock]] and ProgressiveRock guitarist from UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. His first major claim to fame was playing for and transcribing songs for Music/FrankZappa, but he has an extensive solo discography that takes many cues from both Zappa and Satriani.


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

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

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* TheAce: Oh boy, is he. One of the fastest and cleanest virtuosos to ever pick up the axe.


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 ''VideoGame/GuitarHero III''. Even more recently, a few of his songs have been featured on the VideoGame/RockBand Network. He is also known for the extra introductory 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 ''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 ''VideoGame/GuitarHero III''. Even more recently, a few of his songs have been featured on the VideoGame/RockBand Network. He is also known for the extra introductory solo on the ''Film/BillAndTed'' version of Music/{{KISS}}'s "God Gave Rock and Roll to You II."


* "Flex-Able" (1984)
* "Flex-Able Leftovers"(1984)
* "Passion and Warfare" (1990)
* "Sex & Religion" (1993) (featuring vocals from a then-unknown Music/DevinTownsend)
* "Alien Love Secrets" (1995)
* "Fire Garden" (1996)
* "The Ultra Zone" (1999)
* "Real Illusions: Reflections" (2005)
* "The Story of Light" (2012)
* "Modern Primitive" (2016)

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* "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 Music/DevinTownsend)
* "Alien ''Alien Love Secrets" Secrets'' (1995)
* "Fire Garden" ''Fire Garden'' (1996)
* "The ''The Ultra Zone" Zone'' (1999)
* "Real ''Real Illusions: Reflections" Reflections'' (2005)
* "The ''The Story of Light" Light'' (2012)
* "Modern Primitive" ''Modern Primitive'' (2016)



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* "Modern Primitive" (2016)


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".


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."


[[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.]]


* "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)



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* "The Story of Light" (2012)


[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)

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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''.

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