Maailman paras kitaristi saapuu Suomeen

Vai puhutaanko nyt mielipideasioista? Okei, kuinka tahansa, mutta maailman taitavimmaksi nykykitaristiksi monissa yhteyksissä ja äänestyksissä nostettu Steve Vai kipuaa Helsingin Nosturin lavalle 5. toukokuuta.

Myös näyttelijänä ja mehiläiskasvattajana tunnetun 53-vuotiaan virtuoosin saavutusten lista on käytännössä loputon, joten mainitaan tässä yhteydessä vaikkapa muutamia Vain työtä arvostaneita yhteistyökumppaneita vuosien varrelta: Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Frank Zappa, Whitesnake, Joe Satriani, Motörhead, The Devin Townsend Band, David Lee Roth, Public Image Ltd ja tietenkin Iwrestledabearonce!

Rage Against The Machine -herra Tom Morello sanoo Steve Vaista puolestaan seuraavaa:

”Some instrumental guitar players are lost in a muso fog. Steve Vai is not one of them. He’s an artist, and one of the greats. I’ve certainly learned from him, especially from his work ethic. I started playing guitar very late, when I was 17 years old. I felt really behind, and when I read about Steve’s practice regimen it really encouraged me. It also nearly killed me! While doing my college studies I was also practicing eight hours a day to amass the kind of technique that I admired in players like him and Randy Rhoads.

Once, Steve was doing a presentation at GIT, and he asked me to do it with him. He told me he’d also invited Steve Lukather, Stanley Jordan and Joe Satriani. I said, “No, bro, it sounds like it’s gonna be a shred-off.” But he said, “We’re not even gonna play; we’re just gonna discuss our craft.” So I said, “Okay, I’ll do it.”

A couple of days before the event, he says to me, “Just bring your amp and guitar along in case we have to demonstrate techniques.” So of course, I get there for soundcheck, and my worst nightmare has come true: it was six of us in a row with our guitars, and it was nonstop shredding the whole time!”