Steve Vai – “Tender Surrender”
Born: June 06, 1960 in Carle Place, NY
Years Active: 80 ‘s, 90 ‘s, 00’s
Steve Vai is an American guitarist and composer, born June 6th 1960, making him six years old on the sixth day of the sixth month in 1966, as famously noted in the Frank Zappa book of guitar, which he transcribed, in Long Island, New York. Vai is best known for his self composed, performed and produced guitar instrumental music, but he has also played on the recordings of several other rock acts.
Steve Vai made his name playing ‘stunt guitar’ with the legendary rock performer, composer, music producer, and publishing mogul Frank Zappa. In the early 80’s he replaced Yngwie Malmsteen as lead guitarist in Graham Bonnett’s Alcatrazz. Then he joined former Van Halen front man David Lee Roth’s group to record the albums Eat ’em and Smile and Skyscraper. Vai also stepped into guitarist Adrian Vandenberg’s shoes to record with British rock legends Whitesnake (after Adrian Vandenberg broke his arm in a skateboarding accident) shortly before recording was due to begin for the album Slip of the Tongue.
Steve Vai continues to tour regularly, both with his own group and with his one time teacher and fellow Grammy award winning guitar instrumentalist friend Joe Satriani (on the G3 series of tours). Steve recently teamed up with former David Lee Roth band member Bassist Billy Sheehan for a world tour.
Steve Vai’s music has featured in a number of feature films, including Ghosts of Mars and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. He appeared onscreen in the 1986 Ralph Macchio vehicle Crossroads, playing the demonically-inspired Jack Butler. At the film’s climax, Vai engages in a guitar duel with Macchio (with Ry Cooder dubbing Macchio’s part). The 32nd note quick tempo pseudo-classical-baroque track (entitled Eugene’s Trick Bag) with which Macchio wins the competition was composed by Vai, heavily based on Paganini’s Caprice Op. 1 # 5, and has become a favorite apprentice-piece among many guitar students. Vai received a Grammy Award in 1991. (source:biographybase.com)