Tag: steve vai

Is Yngwie Malmsteen the Greatest Rock and Roll Guitarist Since Jimi Hendrix?

By Andrew Catania The historical archives of the heavy metal rock speak for the sheer class of Jimi Hendrix. As soon as his fingers came in touch with the metal chords, it was as if he was magically squeezing out tones that poured into the ears as profoundmusical fantasies that humanity had never heard before. It was as if his riffs, shreds and chord pulls came out…

Vinnie Moore: Still Shredding

By Andrew Catania Vinnie Moore is one of the most influential and important guitarists to emerge out of the guitar god boom of the mid to late 1980’s. Boasting nine studio albums, he’s one of the most recognizable artists on the Shrapnel record label. Beginning his career at the tender age of 12, Moore played clubs and bars…

Steve Morse: The Introduction

By Andrew Catania There’s not much that hasn’t already been written about Steve Morse. A storied career, Steve has done such phenomenal things as being involved in bands as the Dixie Grits, to playing with shredders Steve Vai and Joe Satraini. Morse’s career took off slowly, often culminating in abrupt junctures where most musicians would…

Eric Johnson: #1 Guitar Hero

By Andrew Catania Eric Johnson began playing guitar at the age of 11. He played with his first touring band in 1968, a psychedelic group called Mariani. The band shared the bill with ZZ Top and Bloodrock in their home state of Texas. Johnson was trained in classical music but was heavily influence by the guitar styles of…

Joe Satriani Interview: Joe vs Shockwave

By Aman Khosla Joe Satriani needs no introduction, folks – but here it is anyway. The biggest-selling instrumental rock guitarist of all time, he’s had two platinum and four gold albums and received 15 Grammy nominations. He’s hit the billboard charts and actually had his stuff on the radio. Yep – instrumental rock guitar on…

The “Steve” behind the “Vai”

by Aman Khosla This interview was originally published in our “Holy Grail Issue” So, Steve Vai – most every guitar player knows that name. In a league of his own, Vai has been a major icon and most certainly a household name in the world of guitar for over three decades and counting. Nine studio…