Tag Archives: Instrumental rock

Steve Stevens


STEVE STEVENS (1959–PRESENT). While a guitarist of many talents, including progressive rock and flamenco, Steve Stevens is without a doubt best known as Billy Idol’s stage and studio foil, where, armed with a Les Paul and a glam rock image borrowed from equal parts Johnny Thunders and Siouxsie Sioux, he has infused the best of the veteran punk rocker’s material with a hard rock edge that helped the two crossover into mainstream success in the 1980s and has continued to drive their career into Read more [...]


JOE SATRIANI (1956–PRESENT). Among the key metal guitar heroes and virtuosos who usually shun playing with egotistical frontmen, Satriani is a rare example of a guitar innovator of the eighties and nineties who still maintains his relevance to the present day. Satriani started as a sideman, playing with Mick Jagger and Deep Purple before starting off on his own, and quickly became a solo artist, specializing in dynamic and fluid solos that are more artistic than merely musical wanking. Most of Read more [...]
Steve Vai


STEVE VAI (1960–). One of the most recognizable guitarists on the rock scene over the last twenty years, Vai, along with his erstwhile teacher Joe Satriani, has only worked within established groups for short periods of time, instead having established a successful solo career of largely instrumental albums. After graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Vai started his professional career in 1979 as a transcriber for Frank Zappa, going on to play guitar for Zappa’s band for Read more [...]