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Friday, November 15, 2013

Sunday To-Do: Steve Vai

Posted By on Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 10:41 AM

click to enlarge Steve Vai performs Sunday night at Juanita's.
  • Steve Vai performs Sunday night at Juanita's.


STEVE VAI
8 p.m. Juanita's. $25 adv., $30 day of.


Guitar geeks rejoice: Steve Vai is coming to town to melt your faces with his insane guitar virtuosity.

Vai has to have appeared on more "Greatest Guitarists of All Time" lists than anyone not named Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton or Jimmy Page. He's up there with all of your Eddie Van Halens and Joe Satrianis and Yngwie Malmsteens, regarded as one of the most wickedly brilliant rock guitarists ever.

He's also had one of the most interesting careers of any of his few peers, having started playing "stunt guitar" for Frank Zappa, and going on to join the likes of Whitesnake and David Lee Roth (remember "Just Like Living in Paradise," with those icy, brilliantly sharp guitar lines? That was Vai), and recording albums with artists as diverse as Alice Cooper, Public Image Ltd. and Joe Jackson, along with releasing a bevy of solo albums that get guitar nerds all in a tizzy.

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