Steve Vai

~ Person


Steven Siro "Steve" Vai (/vɑːɪ/; born June 6, 1960) is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer. He was voted the 10th "Greatest Guitarist" by Guitar World magazine, and has sold over 15 million records. A three-time Grammy Award winner and fifteen-time nominee, Vai started his music career in 1978 at the age of 18 as a transcriptionist for Frank Zappa, and joined his band from 1980 to 1983. He embarked on a solo career in 1983 and has released eight solo albums to date. He has recorded and toured with Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, as well as having recorded with artists such as Mary J. Blige, Spinal Tap, and Ozzy Osbourne. Additionally, Vai has toured with live-only acts G3, Zappa Plays Zappa, the Experience Hendrix tour, as well as headlining international tours.

Vai has been described as a "highly individualistic player" and part of a generation of "heavy rock and metal virtuosi who came to the fore in the 1980s". The launch of the Ibanez JEM guitar developed and co-designed by Vai was described as the "exact moment the entire guitar landscape was reshaped". He also designed the first commercially produced seven-string guitar, the Ibanez Universe, which became popular among bands in various genres the 1990s, including nu metal, death metal, and progressive metal. He released his first solo album Flex-Able in 1984, while his most successful release, Passion and Warfare (1990), was described as "the richest and best hard rock guitar-virtuoso album of the '80s".

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Year Title RatingReleases
1984 Flex-Able 5 6
1990 Passion and Warfare 4.5 7
1995 Alien Love Secrets 5 4
1996 Fire Garden 3.65 4
1999 The Ultra Zone 5 5
2005 Real Illusions: Reflections 5 1
2009 Naked Tracks 5 1
2012 The Story of Light 3.5 2
2016 Modern Primitive / Passion and Warfare 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2000 The 7th Song, Enchanting Guitar Melodies Archives Vol. 1 5 3
2003 Archives, Volume 3: Mystery Tracks 5 2
2003 Archives, Volume 2: FZ Original Recordings 1
2003 Archives, Volume 4: Various Artists 1
2003 The Infinite Steve Vai: An Anthology 1
2008 Original Album Classics 1
2010 Playlist: The Very Best of Steve Vai 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2001 Alive in an Ultra World 2
2001 Live at the Astoria London 2
2004 Live in London 1
2007 Sound Theories, Volume 1: The Aching Hunger 1
2007 Sound Theories, Volume 2: Shadows & Sparks 3
2009 Where the Wild Things Are 2
2010 Where the Other Wild Things Are 2
2015 Stillness In Motion Live In L.A. 3
1983-03-18: My Father's Place, New York, NY, USA 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title RatingReleases
2002 The Elusive Light and Sound, Volume 1 2


Year Title RatingReleases
1990 The Audience is listening / The Animal / Erotic Nightmares 1
1995 Tender Surrender 1
1998 Bad Squad 1
1999 Jibboom 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1984 Flex-Able Leftovers 5 4

Other + Interview

Year Title RatingReleases
The Secret Jewel Box Interview 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
Passion and Warfare 1
The Aching Hunger Bonus Show Part One 1

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