In a recent conversation with Ultimate Guitar, the guitar master Steve Vai revealed the details of his experiences during the tours with Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth.
The guitar legend Steve Vai talked about the reason why he had been working solo for years in an interview with Ultimate Guitar. He also mentioned about his experiences while working with Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth.
The interviewer asked about why Steve preferred to build a solo career and didn’t want to join a big band. He explained whether the reason was the freedom to work on the songs he wanted or not:
“Yeah, I have sort of a split musical personality. Part of me has rock ‘n’ roll in my blood and I really love the energy of being an arena performer.”
Then, Steve revealed the details of working with David Lee Roth during their tours in the 1980s. He also said that working with Roth was a big opportunity to play the rockstar card. Here’s what he said:
“In the ’80s, when I was touring with David Lee Roth and Whitesnake and even Frank Zappa, there were huge gigs.
With Roth and Whitesnake, it was an opportunity to play the rockstar card. It was great fun but there was this type of music in the back of my head that wouldn’t let go. It was there since… as long as I can remember. It wasn’t a particular song or anything, it was just a perspective on music creation.
From then on, I realized that I had a particular musical voice and I know how to express it – from plugging in the guitar to miking the cabinets to recording the drums and bass, and constructing the music – it’s the hook, line, and sinker. That vision is like a plaything. I entertain myself with it.”
Additionally, Steve mentioned the rare cases he might have enjoyed working with a big group:
“But I usually don’t go out on tour unless it’s with a group of guys who are really doing something interesting – like when I played with Zappa Plays Zappa or the Experience Hendrix Tour or something like that.”
Steve Vai also unveil some information about a possible upcoming tour with an anonymous band:
“I recently got an offer from somebody – I don’t want to mention who – but this other guitar player offered for me to go out on tour with a couple of other guys and do the music from his band, and I love that band. And if that works out, that would be a situation where I feel it would be cool to go out with some other guys.”
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