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Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour: Steve Vai

Steve Vai is a virtuoso guitarist, visionary composer, and consummate producer who sculpts musical sound with infinite creativity and technical mastery.

At age12,he started taking guitar lessons from Joe Satriani. At 18, he began his professional musical career transcribing for, and then playing with, the legendary Frank Zappa. More than three decades, 15 million album sales and three GRAMMY Awards later, Vai continues to use unbridled guitar virtuosity and soulful artistry to explore the spectrum of human emotion. He has proven himself, in his own right, to be one of music’s true originals.

“I make music to push my own buttons,” explains Vai. “I’ve always been

“I make music to push my own buttons,” explains Vai. “I’ve always been driven by an addiction to create sounds that are unique — not better than what other people do, just different.”

That obsession remains the guiding force behind Vai’s ongoing musical evolution and what he loves most about being a musician.

“For me, the real gravy is when I hear a strange or beautiful sound in…

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