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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 [...]


ALCATRAZZ (1982–87; 2007–PRESENT). Classic lineup: Graham Bonnet (vocals), Yngwie Malmsteen (guitar, 1982–83), Jimmy Waldo (keyboards), Gary Shea (bass), Jan Uvena (drums), Steve Vai (guitar, 1984–85), Danny Johnson (guitar, 1985–86). Alcatrazz is perhaps best remembered as the group that launched shredmeister Yngwie Malmsteen into international prominence. Formed in 1982, the band featured ex-Rainbow and Michael Schenker vocalist Graham Bonnet, bassist Gary Shea, and keyboardist Read more [...]