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Steve Vai Biography
Steve Vai (Full name- Steven Siro Vai) is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer who was born on June 6, 1960, in Carle Place, New York, the U.S. He started his music career at the age of eighteen, in 1978, as a transcriptionist for Frank Zappa. Vai later joined Zappa’s band from 1980 to 1983. He is a fifteen-time Grammy Award nominee and a three-time winner.
Vai has released eight solo albums to date since embarking on a solo career in 1983. He has recorded with artists such as Mary J. Blige, Spinal Tap, and Ozzy Osbourne and has also recorded and toured with Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake. Vai has headlined international tours and toured with live-only acts G3, Zappa Plays Zappa, and the Experience Hendrix tour too.
Steve Vai Age
He is 62 years old as of 2022. Vai was born on June 6, 1960, in Carle Place, New York, the U.S. He celebrates his birthday on the 6th of June every year.
Steve Vai Education
He has not disclosed information on where he attended High School or College/ University. The information will however be updated as soon as it is available.
Steve Vai Height|Weight
He stands on an average height of 5 Feet 4 inches and weighs around 70kgs.
Steve Vai Family
He was born in Carle Place, New York on June 6, 1960, as the fourth son of John and Theresa Vai. He is of Italian descent and his family immigrated from Italy. However, he has not revealed information regarding his family members, this information is currently under review and will be updated soon.
Steve Vai Wife
He is married to the former bassist of the band Vixen, Pia Maiocco. His wife also appeared in the 1984 film, Hardbodies. Vai is a vegetarian and a beekeeper who regularly tends to his beehives on his Encino property. He has resided in Encino, Los Angeles with his family, since the late 1990s.
Steve Vai Children
Vai and his wife have two wonderful children, Julian and Fire Vai. He has not revealed information regarding his kids. This information is currently under review and will be updated soon.
Steve Vai Career
Steve Vai began taking guitar lessons from fellow New York native Joe Satriani in 1973. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1978, to further pursue his interest in music composition and theory. He began working for Frank Zappa as a transcriptionist while at Berklee, and in the middle of his fourth semester, moved to California to start his career as a session and touring artist for Zappa. Vai auditioned for and became a full-time member of Zappa’s band, after leaving Berklee College of Music and moving to California and went on his first tour with Zappa in late 1980.
Vai joined David Lee Roth’s post-Van Halen band as lead guitarist, together with former Talas Bassist Billy Sheehan on bass; and former Maynard Ferguson drummer Gregg Bissonette on drums in 1985. The band released their debut album Eat ‘Em and Smile, on July 7, 1986, which was both a critical and commercial success, reaching number four on the Billboard 200 albums chart and selling over two million copies.
Brad Tolinski, Guitar World magazine editor, commented on Vai’s playing at the time, saying that; “Vai’s guitar wizardry is so profound that in earlier times he would have been burned as a witch.” Eat ‘Em and Smile is frequently evaluated as one of the greatest rock albums of the 1980s albeit retrospectively. The group’s Eat ‘Em and Smile Tour began in August 1986 until February 1987.
Steve Vai Jem
After joining Roth’s band in 1985, Vai designed the JEM guitar, a unique instrument that incorporated a series of groundbreaking designs. These designs have become staples in features throughout the guitar industry. In 1986, Vai began working with Ibanez to develop the guitar, and the first production Ibanez JEM 777 guitars were released in 1987.
Steve Vai Passion And Warfare
Vai recorded Passion and Warfare, his second studio solo album, at his home studio from 1985-90. Vai bought out of his Capitol Records contract and signed on with Relativity Records for the release of Passion and Warfare in 1989 after leaving Roth’s band. The album was written based on a series of dream sequences that Vai had when he was younger and has been certified Gold by the RIAA. Vai sums it up as; “Jimi Hendrix meets Jesus Christ at a party that Ben Hur threw for Mel Blanc”, in the guitar music book of the album.
Steve Vai Band
Vai put together a new band for a five-month world tour of the United States, Europe, South America, and Australia in support of Sound Theories Vol. I & II and Visual Sound Theories. Steve Vai started auditioning violin players to complement the new lineup while evaluating unique options for the band. This new band was called the String Theories band and featured previous The Breed members Jeremy Colson (drums) and Dave Weiner (guitar and sitar), along with new members Bryan Beller (bass), Alex DePue (violin), and Ann Marie Calhoun (violin). Vai’s The Breed tour began in June 2007 and ended in December the same year.
Steve Vai Guitar | Ibanez
Vai prides on a staggering private collection of guitars. Most if his guitars are Ibanez, each of which is accompanied by a revealing tidbit courtesy of Vai. Top among his most celebrated guitars are:
- Ibanez JEM777 SP (Shocking Pink)
- Ibanez UV77 7-string with a burnt finish
- Ibanez UV77SVR Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Limited Edition
- “Bones”—custom built by Performance Guitar
- “Flo”—modified Ibanez JEM77 with true-temperament neck
- “Woody”—custom Ibanez JEM
- Ibanez Jem77 7-string baritone
- Ibanez JEM77 Floral Pattern
- Fender Stratocaster “Sticker Strat”
- “Cherry Blossom”—Strat-style Ibanez with a custom paint job and doodles by Steve Vai
Steve Vai Tour
Vai began touring in European and Asian countries, such as Russia and China, as well as South America in the 1990s. Vai performed on a program broadcast to over two billion viewers on the Chinese television station BTV’s Spring Festival Global Gala in 2014. Following the broadcasting of this event on January 26, 2014, Vai became the first rock artist ever broadcast on a Chinese television program.
Steve Vai Albums
- Flex-Able (1984)
- Passion and Warfare (1990)
- Sex & Religion (1993)
- Fire Garden (1996)
- Flex-Able Leftovers (1998)
- The Ultra Zone (1999)
- Real Illusions: Reflections (2005)
- The Story of Light (2012)
- Modern Primitive (2016)
Steve Vai Awards
- 1993: Steve Vai – Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “Sofa” from Zappa’s Universe
- 2002: Steve Vai et al – Best Pop Instrumental Album for No Substitutions: Live in Osaka
- 2008: Steve Vai et al – Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “Peaches en Regalia” single from a Zappa Plays Zappa tour
Steve Vai Salary/Net Worth
He has an estimated salary ranging between $70,000 – $125,000 and has an estimated net worth of $1 Million -$5 Million which he earns from his music career.