Guitarist

Steve Vai

  • Jun 06, 1960 (age 60)
  • 6' 1" (1.85 m)
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2017
Modern Primitive
AlbumJul 7, 2017

Modern Primitive

Modern Primitive released.
2016
Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar
TV ShowJan 24, 2016

Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar

In this docuseries, rock star …
In this docuseries, rock star Sammy Hagar travels the country to meet up with various other musicians to chat, perform, and otherwise have a good time. The show's guest list includes an all-star cast of musicians who were popular in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. The series aired on AXS TV.
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2015
Stillness in Motion: Vai Live in L.A.
AlbumApr 7, 2015

Stillness in Motion: Vai Live in L.A.

Stillness in Motion: Vai Live in L.A. released.
2014
Sharon Isbin: Troubadour
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MovieNov 10, 2014

Sharon Isbin: Troubadour

Winner of the 2015 ASCAP …
Winner of the 2015 ASCAP Television Broadcast Award, this one-hour documentary portrait of multiple GRAMMY-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin shows us a trailblazing performer and teacher who over the course of her career has broken through numerous barriers to rise to the top of a traditionally male-dominated field. The film explores what it takes to nurture a dream against all odds to become a world class musician. Performances are showcased from international concert stages, the GRAMMY Awards and the White House. Guests and interviews include Joan Baez, Martina Navratilova, First Lady Michelle Obama, Garrison Keillor and David Hyde Pierce; rock legends Steve Vai, Janis Ian and Leslie Gore; composers Tan Dun, John Corigliano, Christopher Rouse and Joan Tower; jazz greats Stanley Jordan and Paul Winter; fiddler Mark O'Connor; and many others. Narrated by NPR's Susan Stamberg, the film combines performance and documentary focusing on Sharon Isbin's unusual and inspiring journey which has expanded and transformed the landscape of the instrument. In addition, the film explores her role as teacher of a new generation of guitarists at both The Juilliard School, where she created the first guitar department, and the Aspen Music Festival. The documentary explores how Isbin's career has intersected with many different aspects of today's musical world beyond the realm of classical music. This includes television, film music, NASA, and collaborations with other contemporary musicians from the rock, pop, folk, jazz and Latin genres.
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2012
The Story of Light
AlbumAug 14, 2012

The Story of Light

The Story of Light "Real Illusions: ...of a..." is the eighth studio …
The Story of Light "Real Illusions: ...of a..." is the eighth studio album by guitarist Steve Vai, released on August 14, 2012 through Favored Nations Entertainment. It is Vai's first full-length studio album since 2005's Real Illusions: Reflections. On May 23, 2012 The Story of Light was made available for pre-order through Vai's official website with an instant download of "Gravity Storm". The track "John the Revelator" contains a sample of Blind Willie Johnson's song of the same name. "The Moon and I" was initially released as a VaiTunes digital only single in 2010. However, due to the personal nature of the song, Vai decided to remix it and include it on the album. The album debuted on Billboard 200 at No. 78.
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Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet
MovieMar 3, 2012

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet

A documentary film about the …
A documentary film about the extraordinary life of a famous, musical prodigy who has been battling against Lou Gehrig's Disease for 22 years. A paralyzing, terminal illness with no real treatment or cure, it has trapped Jason inside of his body for over 15 years; unable to move, unable to speak, and unable to play the instrument which propelled him to international stardom at just 19 years of age. Using an eye communication system invented by his father, Jason is able to escape the confines of his own body and release the music that is trapped inside of his mind.
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2011
The Essential Steve Vai
AlbumMar 15, 2011

The Essential Steve Vai

The Essential Steve Vai released.
2010
I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band!
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TV ShowMay 1, 2010

I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band!

I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band! is …
I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band! is a documentary television series broadcast on BBC Two, narrated by Mark Radcliffe and first broadcast from 1 May to 5 June 2010. The series charts the history of rock music, with the first five episodes focusing on different members of a typical band, such as the singer or the guitarist. The final episode is special live episode, featuring "industry experts discuss their favourite musicians before creating the ultimate fantasy band." This will also feature the result of a public vote, which will ask viewers who they think are the greatest rock bands and band members.
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Where the Other Wild Things Are: Live in Minneapolis
AlbumApr 13, 2010

Where the Other Wild Things Are: Live i…

Where the Other Wild Things Are: Live in Minneapolis released.
Playlist: The Very Best of Steve Vai
AlbumJan 26, 2010

Playlist: The Very Best of Steve Vai

Playlist: The Very Best of Steve Vai released.
2009
Where the Wild Things Are
AlbumSep 29, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are is …
Where the Wild Things Are is a 2009 album by American guitarist Steve Vai. The album was recorded and filmed at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN as part of Vai’s “Sound Theories” world tour. The 2 hour and 40 minute set contains several new tracks and re-orchestrated pieces culled from Vai's catalog. Steve Vai is joined on stage by Alex DePue, Ann Marie Calhoun, Bryan Beller, Jeremy Colson, Dave Weiner and Zack Wiesinger.
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SongJan 1, 2009

Whispering a Prayer
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SongJan 1, 2009

Bad Horsie
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SongJan 1, 2009

Die to Live
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Nomination2009

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Nominated for "Now We Run".
Grammy Award
SongJan 1, 2009

Frank
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SongJan 1, 2009

Fire Garden Suite
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SongJan 1, 2009

For the Love of God
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Naked Tracks
AlbumJan 1, 2009

Naked Tracks

Naked Tracks released.
2008
That Metal Show
TV ShowNov 15, 2008

That Metal Show

That Metal Show is a talk show that premiered on VH1 Classic on …
That Metal Show is a talk show that premiered on VH1 Classic on November 15, 2008 and ended on May 9, 2015 with a span of 14 seasons. Hosted by Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine, the series features three hosts interviewing musicians from the hard rock and heavy metal genre in addition to artists and non-musicians who are metal fans while various segments intervene throughout the episode.
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Tattooed
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MovieNov 7, 2008

Tattooed

Award winning documentary about Tattooing and the …
Award winning documentary about Tattooing and the controversial world that surrounds it, including interviews with international top Tattooists and Musicians. In 93 minutes you get it all - entertainment, instructive information and interesting facts about the world of Tattooing.
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The Story of the Guitar
TV ShowOct 5, 2008

The Story of the Guitar

The Story of the Guitar released.
Crazy
MovieMar 2, 2008

Crazy

Inspired by the life of Hank Garland, CRAZY is the story …
Inspired by the life of Hank Garland, CRAZY is the story of a legendary guitar player who emerged from Nashville in the 1950's.
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Nomination2008

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Nominated for Grammy …
Nominated for Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
Grammy Award
Award2008

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Won Grammy Award for Best …
Won Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
Grammy Award
2007
Sound Theories Vol. I & II
AlbumJun 26, 2007

Sound Theories Vol. I & II

Sound Theories Vol. I & II is …
Sound Theories Vol. I & II is a 2007 album by American guitarist Steve Vai. The album was recorded with the Metropole Orchestra in Netherlands in mid-2004/2005 and released on June 26, 2007. Volume I features Vai playing guitar with the orchestra, which has itself earned worldwide acclaim by backing artists ranging from Mike Keneally, Terry Bozzio, Tony Bennett and Natalie Cole to Nancy Wilson and the Yellowjackets. Volume II features the Orchestra performing compositions written by Vai, including "Shadows and Sparks" and "Bledsoe Bluvd."
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Nomination2007

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Nominated for "The Attitude Song".
Grammy Award
2006
Passion and Warfare/The Ultra Zone
AlbumSep 4, 2006

Passion and Warfare/The Ultra Zone

Passion and Warfare/The Ultra Zone released.
Metalocalypse
TV ShowAug 6, 2006

Metalocalypse

Metalocalypse is an American adult animated television series, …
Metalocalypse is an American adult animated television series, created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha, which premiered on August 6, 2006, and concluded with a one-hour special, Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem, on October 27, 2013 on Adult Swim. The television program centered on the larger-than-life melodic death metal band Dethklok, and often portrayed dark and macabre content, including such subjects as violence, death, and the drawbacks of fame, with hyperbolic black comedy. The show was widely heralded as both a parody and a pastiche of heavy metal culture.
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2005
G3: Live in Tokyo
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AlbumOct 25, 2005

G3: Live in Tokyo

G3: Live in Tokyo is a live album and DVD recorded at the …
G3: Live in Tokyo is a live album and DVD recorded at the Tokyo International Forum during the 2005 G3 tour, featuring Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and John Petrucci.
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Hell's Kitchen
TV ShowMay 30, 2005

Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen is an American reality competition television …
Hell's Kitchen is an American reality competition television series based on the British series of the same name, and also hosted by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. It has been broadcast on Fox since 2005.
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Real Illusions: Reflections
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AlbumFeb 22, 2005

Real Illusions: Reflections

Real Illusions: Reflections is …
Real Illusions: Reflections is the seventh studio album by guitarist Steve Vai, released on February 22, 2005 through Epic Records. The album reached No. 147 on the U.S. Billboard 200, as well as No. 88 on the Dutch albums chart and No. 110 on the French albums chart.
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The 7th Song: Enchanting Guitar Melodies - Archives Vol. 1
AlbumFeb 5, 2005

The 7th Song: Enchanting Guitar Melodi…

The 7th Song: Enchanting Guitar Melodies - Archives Vol. 1 …
The 7th Song: Enchanting Guitar Melodies - Archives Vol. 1 released.
Nomination2005

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Nominated for "Lotus Feet".
Grammy Award
2004
Passion and Warfare/Sex & Religion
AlbumSep 28, 2004

Passion and Warfare/Sex & Religion

Passion and Warfare/Sex & Religion released.
Live in London
AlbumJun 20, 2004

Live in London

Live in London released.
G3 Live: Rockin' in the Free World
AlbumMay 3, 2004

G3 Live: Rockin' in the Free World

G3 Live: Rockin' in the Free World released.
G3: Live in Denver
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AlbumFeb 24, 2004

G3: Live in Denver

G3: Live in Denver is a live DVD of G3, the touring band in which …
G3: Live in Denver is a live DVD of G3, the touring band in which Joe Satriani and Steve Vai invite another player to come tour with them. In 2003, Yngwie Malmsteen was the chosen one. Along with this DVD, a double-CD album was released, G3: Rockin' in the Free World. The DVD was recorded at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, on October 20, 2003. Despite the name on the DVD case, when played the title that appears on screen is "G3: Live From Denver" rather than "G3: Live in Denver".
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G3: Rockin' in the Free World
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AlbumFeb 17, 2004

G3: Rockin' in the Free World

G3: Rockin' in the Free …
G3: Rockin' in the Free World is a double live album by the G3 project that was recorded at The Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, on October 21, 2003. The album featured the touring lineup of the project leader Joe Satriani, frequent member Steve Vai and guest guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen. A DVD of the same tour, but with a different track list, was released as G3: Live in Denver.
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Nomination2004

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Nominated for "Whispering a Prayer".
Grammy Award
2003
Live at the Astoria, London
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TV ShowDec 9, 2003

Live at the Astoria, London

Live at the Astoria, London is …
Live at the Astoria, London is Steve Vai's first live solo DVD, filmed at the Astoria in London on December 6 and 7, 2001. It contains a feature-length audio commentary from Vai and the band.
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The Infinite Steve Vai: An Anthology
AlbumNov 18, 2003

The Infinite Steve Vai: An Anthology

The Infinite Steve Vai: An …
The Infinite Steve Vai: An Anthology is Steve Vai's compilation album that was released in 2003 (see 2003 in music). This two-disc compilation spans Vai's entire solo career, featuring the best tracks from most of his albums including Fire Garden, Passion and Warfare, Alien Love Secrets and The Ultra Zone. One song is even included from his Whitesnake days ("Kittens Got Claws") and one from his Alcatrazz days ("Lighter Shade of Green"). The songs on the album do not appear chronologically relative to Vai's career.
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Mystery Tracks Archives, Vol. 3
AlbumSep 23, 2003

Mystery Tracks Archives, Vol. 3

Mystery Tracks Archives, Vol. 3 released.
Mystery Tracks – Archives Vol. 3
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AlbumJun 6, 2003

Mystery Tracks – Archives Vol. 3

Mystery Tracks – Archives …
Mystery Tracks – Archives Vol. 3 is the 12th studio album released by guitarist Steve Vai. It is the third in a series of discs collecting unreleased tracks, demo recordings and other bits. The track Speeding is a playable song in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, although it is a re-record. This Is Volume 4 in "The Secret Jewel Box".
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Various Artists – Archives Vol. 4
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AlbumJun 6, 2003

Various Artists – Archives Vol. 4

Various Artists – Archives …
Various Artists – Archives Vol. 4 is a collection of songs Steve Vai has contributed to other projects and records including Public Image Ltd., tracks from the Hendrix tribute In From The Storm with the London Symphony Orchestra, and a collaboration with Chick Corea from The Songs Of West Side Story, among others.
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Nomination2003

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Nominated for "Essence".
Grammy Award
2002
American Idol
TV ShowJun 11, 2002

American Idol

American Idol is an American singing competition television …
American Idol is an American singing competition television series created by Simon Fuller, produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, and distributed by Fremantle North America. It initially aired on Fox from June 11, 2002, to April 7, 2016, for 15 seasons. It had a hiatus for two years, until March 11, 2018, when a revival of the series aired on ABC.
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The Elusive Light and Sound, Vol. 1
AlbumJun 4, 2002

The Elusive Light and Sound, Vol. 1

The Elusive Light And …
The Elusive Light And Sound, Vol. 1 is a 2002 compilation album by Steve Vai. The album collects many of the songs that Vai recorded for movies and television shows. The album is Volume 1 in "The Secret Jewel Box".
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2001
Alive in an Ultra World
AlbumJun 19, 2001

Alive in an Ultra World

Alive in an Ultra World is a …
Alive in an Ultra World is a live album by Steve Vai, recorded during The Ultra Zone world tour in 2000, and released in 2001. The songs compiled on this album were written specifically for the countries that Vai and his band were visiting. Aside from "Devil's Food", which is found on Vai's previous album Fire Garden, these songs were penned during long soundchecks and could not previously be found on any other album. Due to logistical complications, some songs could not be recorded in the nation they were written for.
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Sex & Religion / Alien Love Secrets
AlbumJan 1, 2001

Sex & Religion / Alien Love Secrets

Sex & Religion / Alien Love Secrets released.
Nomination2001

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Nominated for "Whispering a Prayer".
Grammy Award
Nomination2001

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Nominated for "No Substitutions: Live in Osaka".
Grammy Award
Nomination2001

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Nominated for "Whispering A Prayer".
Grammy Award
Award2001

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Won award for "No Substitutions: Live in Osaka".
Grammy Award
2000
Archives, Volume 1: The 7Th Song
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AlbumNov 7, 2000

Archives, Volume 1: The 7Th Song

The 7th Song, Enchanting …
The 7th Song, Enchanting Guitar Melodies (Archives Vol. 1) is a 2000 album by guitarist Steve Vai. It is his first compilation album, but unlike a standard "greatest hits" or "best of" album, all of the songs on it (save for the three new tracks and the hidden track) can be found on one of Vai's previous albums as the 7th track. The 7th track on each of his albums is meant to be the most emotional and well articulated piece on the album. "Christmas Time is Here", while not previously released on a Vai album, can nonetheless be found as the 7th track on the 1996 Christmas compilation, Merry Axemas.
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The 7th Song: Enchanting Guitar Melodies Archives, Vol. 1
AlbumNov 7, 2000

The 7th Song: Enchanting Guitar Melodi…

The 7th Song: Enchanting Guitar Melodies Archives, Vol. 1 …
The 7th Song: Enchanting Guitar Melodies Archives, Vol. 1 released.
1999
The Ultra Zone
AlbumAug 21, 1999

The Ultra Zone

The Ultra Zone is a 1999 album from guitarist Steve Vai. The …
The Ultra Zone is a 1999 album from guitarist Steve Vai. The Ultra Zone is structurally similar to Vai's previous album, Fire Garden, in that the first half of the album consists mainly of instrumentals, and the second half mainly of vocal songs; however, unlike Fire Garden, The Ultra Zone is not formally divided into two "phases".
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Nomination1999

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Nominated for "Windows to the Soul".
Grammy Award
1997
SongJun 24, 1997

In My Dreams With You
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G3: Live in Concert
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AlbumJun 3, 1997

G3: Live in Concert

G3: Live in Concert is a live album and DVD by the G3 project, …
G3: Live in Concert is a live album and DVD by the G3 project, led by Joe Satriani. It was released in 1997 by Epic Records. This lineup of G3 includes Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson and Steve Vai. In 2005, a DVD of this concert was also released.
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Nomination1997

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Nominated for "For the Love of God".
Grammy Award
1996
Fire Garden
AlbumSep 17, 1996

Fire Garden

Fire Garden is the fourth studio album by guitarist Steve Vai, …
Fire Garden is the fourth studio album by guitarist Steve Vai, released on September 17, 1996 through Epic Records. The album reached No. 106 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and remained on that chart for two weeks, as well as reaching the top 100 in three other countries.
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1995
Alien Love Secrets
AlbumMar 21, 1995

Alien Love Secrets

Alien Love Secrets is an EP by guitarist Steve Vai, released …
Alien Love Secrets is an EP by guitarist Steve Vai, released on March 21, 1995, through Relativity Records. The EP reached No. 125 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and remained on that chart for two weeks, as well as reaching No. 72 on the Dutch albums chart.
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Nomination1995

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Nominated for Grammy …
Nominated for Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
Grammy Award
1993
Sex & Religion
AlbumJul 27, 1993

Sex & Religion

Sex & Religion is a studio album by guitarist Steve Vai, released …
Sex & Religion is a studio album by guitarist Steve Vai, released under the band name "Vai" on July 23, 1993 through Relativity Records. The album features future Devin Townsend Project and Strapping Young Lad singer and guitarist Devin Townsend on vocals. Townsend also co-wrote the tracks "Pig" and "Just Cartilage", the latter of which was only released as a bonus track in Japan. Vai also co-wrote "In My Dreams with You" with Desmond Child and Roger Greenawalt.
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Award1993

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Won award for "Sofa".
Grammy Award
Nomination1993

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Nominated for "Sofa".
Grammy Award
1992
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
TV ShowMay 25, 1992

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

The Tonight Show with Jay …
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno was an American late-night talk show hosted by Jay Leno that first aired from May 25, 1992, to May 29, 2009, and resumed production on March 1, 2010 until its ending on February 6, 2014.
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1990
Passion and Warfare
AlbumMay 1, 1990

Passion and Warfare

Passion and Warfare is the second studio album by guitarist …
Passion and Warfare is the second studio album by guitarist Steve Vai, released in May 1990 through Relativity and Epic Records. It has been certified Gold by the RIAA. It was written based on a series of dream sequences that Vai had when he was younger, and in the guitar music book of the album, Vai sums it up as "Jimi Hendrix meets Jesus Christ at a party that Ben Hur threw for Mel Blanc". It was all recorded in The Mothership studio at his home in the Hollywood Hills, a 1,600-square-foot (150 m²) building in which his guitar parts for Whitesnake's 1989 album Slip of the Tongue were also recorded. As such, Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale has small spoken parts on the album; Coverdale, Adrian Vandenberg and Rudy Sarzo are credited with backing vocals.
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Best Rock Instrumental Performance
Nomination1990

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Nominated for "Passion and Warfare".
Grammy Award
1988
Pia Maiocco
Marriage1988

Pia Maiocco

Pia Maiocco (born February 25, 1962) is an American bass …
Pia Maiocco (born February 25, 1962) is an American bass guitarist and backing vocalist best known as a former member of the all-female hard rock band Vixen.
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1986
Crossroads
MovieMar 14, 1986

Crossroads

Ralph Macchio is Lightning Boy. A kid who can make a slide …
Ralph Macchio is Lightning Boy. A kid who can make a slide guitar sing. Blind Dog is an old pro who knows it. Together, they're headed to a place where deals are made. And legends are born.
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1982
Late Night with David Letterman
TV ShowFeb 1, 1982

Late Night with David Letterman

Late Night with David …
Late Night with David Letterman is an American late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman. It premiered on NBC on February 1, 1982, and concluded on June 25, 1993. Letterman began hosting Late Show with David Letterman on CBS in August 1993. The series has since been reformatted as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers.
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1960
Steve Vai
BirthJune 1960

Steve Vai

Steve Vai was born.
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