Steve Vai looked fondly at rock bands at his high school and admitted he and his co-workers used to fly around gardens to help make their shows more effective.
As he was about to become better known for making intricate, intricate music, Vai recalled his enjoyment of playing covers of the songs of major ’70s rock bands.
“I can enjoy going to a creperie and eating pancakes, then in the evening I can enjoy going to a fancy restaurant,” Vai said. VWMusic in a recent interview, explaining the different disciplines. “My culinary pleasures are based on my appetite, and it’s the same with my guitar playing.” He said he was “lit up in a big way” by rock music, checking out the names of Led Zeppelin, Queen and Deep Purple. “I was in rock bands and we were playing Kiss, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper…and I loved that feeling.”
He started learning composition at the age of six, by which time he already knew he wanted to be a composer. “Throughout my early years I listened to all kinds of classical music, and I scribbled down notes, and then, when I was maybe 10 or 11, I started composing,” he said. -he declares. “And when I was 12, I entered a music theory class in high school for 12th graders, and for six years, every day, I was heavily instructed in composing music… At the same time, across the tracks, we’re stealing lights off people’s lawns to use in our light show at our concerts We used to do high school dances and detonate smoke bombs and stuff on stage, he was simply the best!”
When he encounters the music of Frank Zappa, the disciplines come together in his mind. “He did everything,” Vai noted. “He was merging all of these things together, and I was like, ‘Wow, I can really do whatever I want. a long period within Zappa’s group. “I really enjoyed it,” Vai said of his 80s rock era. “I felt like I wore that badge proudly and authentically because that music was in my blood. It was the wonderful pancakes at the creperie… But throughout all of this, I knew that at some point, this unique kind of offbeat music that I had in my head had to come out.
This led to his second solo album, 1990 passion and war. “And it’s never over,” Vai said. He released his latest LP, Inviolatein January and begins a world Tour in support of the June release, with rescheduled North American dates in autumn.
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