Steven Siro Vai, 6 June 1960, Carle Place, New York, USA. Vai began his musical career at the age of 13, forming his first rock band, Rayge, while still at school. At this time he was tutored by Joe Satriani, who was to have a profound effect on his style for years to come. He studied jazz and classical music at the Berklee College Of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, before relocating to Los Angeles, California, in 1979. He was recruited by Frank Zappa as the lead guitarist in his backing band, while he was still only 18 years old. By 1984 Vai had built his own recording studio and had begun experimenting with the fusion of jazz, rock and classical music. These pieces were released on the self-financed 1984 albums Flex-Able and Flex-Able Leftovers, and were heavily influenced by Zappas offbeat and unpredictable style.
In 1985, Vai replaced Yngwie Malmsteen in Alcatrazz, then moved on to even greater success with David Lee Roth and later...
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