Speaking in a recent interview with Andy Hall from Lazer 103.3 radio station, guitar legend Steve Vai explained that how Alice Cooper influenced him.

He said that Alice Cooper was his main model for a big period of his life. Here’s the statement:

“It’s kind of surreal. You mention Alice Cooper. When I was a kid, he was my main go-to for music for a big period of my life. I just loved the theatre in it, he’s an incredible songwriter and Alice is just a cool guy.

We used to just sit and listen to his music and do everything we could to get a ticket to go see his show which we could never go see back then because I was too young. All of the sudden, when you get a call from him, it’s, like, ‘Really?’ Then it’s like you’re going to give this guy everything you’ve got. I’ve had some great encounters with Alice. He’s fantastic.”

Interviewer asked “last time he was truly impressed by someone’s guitar virtuosity” and Steve responded:

I see that stuff all the time. With the advent of the Internet, people send me stuff and I see six-year-old girls playing these completely impossible guitar things and I’m just marveling at it. Even then, sometimes I’ll look and go, ‘How do they do that?’ A part of me, of course, knows how, but the fact they branched out into it.

There’s been this constant evolution in the performance of the guitar. It’s just crazy to see. People come into the world and they look around and they go, ‘This is what everybody’s doing, so this is where I got to start.’ And you see these incredible things. I see it all the time.”

You can listen the entire interview from below.