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  posted on 12/11/2009 at 10:39 PM
Folks, I've just watched some of the "Where The Wild Things Are" DVD broadcast on the Paladia Channel. All I can say is wow! Steve Vai is ... awesome ... incredible ... etc., etc. Really none of these adjectives do him justice. The music was superb and what a band - two violinsts/keyboards, guitar, bass and a fantastic drummer putting on a clinic in modern synphonic drumming. Folks do yourself a favor and sample a little of this. There is a-whole-nother world of music out there. The only way I can think of how to express how much I enjoyed this is to compare it to something else and I just won't do that because I believe it to be unfair. The fact that Steve owns and runs his own record company, Favord Nations, which promotes great music and that he chose to record this DVD in an American city ... all right it's Minneapolis ... just more props to him. Brave, new ... indeed.

 

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  posted on 12/11/2009 at 10:47 PM
Steve was one of the highlights from the Dallas Crossroads Festival:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_7iRZzlSzI&feature=fvw

Started out playing with Frank Zappa when he was a teenager.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6cplMM3d_Q

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U9Lqki7Y9k

 

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  posted on 12/11/2009 at 11:15 PM
Saw him with Zappa in 1981 and it was amazing .

 

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  posted on 12/11/2009 at 11:31 PM
Thanks for the heads-up - I just set the DVR to record the midnight showing.

On a similar note; don't miss "Santana - Multicultural Warrior" when its on HDNet. Great sound, great band, hot show!

 

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  posted on 12/11/2009 at 11:33 PM
One of the true greats:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IrWyZ0KZuk

 

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  posted on 12/12/2009 at 10:22 AM
Good post Charles, Steve Vai is a different & amazing player -- it said it best on that Zappa record, "Steve Vai, Impossible Guitar Parts" -- will sure keep an eye out for that show, haven't kept up w/his stuff -- then again, my vinyl copy of Passion & Warfare is a jewel -- the guy has a sense of humor too!!

 

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  posted on 12/12/2009 at 12:19 PM
I watched it on Paladia too...excellent..but then,I've seen him several times...I've been a big fan of his for years...

 

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  posted on 12/12/2009 at 01:04 PM
I was channel surfing last night and came across this. Started watching and I couldn't stop. I've listened to some of his studio stuff in the past and was never blown away by it, but I really enjoyed the show.
 

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  posted on 12/12/2009 at 01:47 PM
Vai gets a free pass for posing, no go directly to jail for him.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2009 at 02:58 PM
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Vai gets a free pass for posing, no go directly to jail for him.





LOL,his posing is hard to take,that's for sure...

 

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  posted on 12/12/2009 at 03:20 PM
Saw him with Zappa. Frank introduced him as "Stevie Vai, our stunt guitarist. He can do anything Eddie Van Halen can do and better" After about 2 minutes we thought who the hell is this guy?

 

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  posted on 12/12/2009 at 04:46 PM
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LOL,his posing is hard to take,that's for sure...





Well it is posin' but in a goofy sort of way. If making facial expressions is posing, then we're all guilty. Hey it's instramental music. Steve's just providing some entertainment for your buck. The fact that he can pose and dance while ripping it like that is amazing. I wouldn't be able to keep the drool from coming out of my mouth if I attempted to play something that complicated.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2009 at 08:22 PM
Tried to watch this one last night on Palladia but having been up til 4 after the Derek Trucks/LIRR tour, just couldn't do it. Saw two G3 shows in the past and was blown away by Steve Vai.
I won tickets to the 2003 show at the Beacon from WRCN. The DJ kinda quized me before he said I was the winner...guess he didn't think there were any Long Island girls who knew who Yngwie Malmstten was.
Always a treat to see Eric Johnson. His Jimi Hendrix covers are some of my favorites and I loved Ah Via Musicom.
And of course, Steve is a Long Island boy.

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  posted on 12/12/2009 at 10:05 PM
Steve can rip....

as for the posing thing, well it is what it is..maybe that is just what comes out of his soul..

If you stand on a stage and force yourself to be stoic, then you are worried about how you appear..and you are guilty of posing in a differnt way, are you not ?

 

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  posted on 12/13/2009 at 07:42 AM
Yeah I sometimes wonder how Derek can stand so still when he's playing some of the most awesome guitar licks and then I look down at his feet for a second and realize we're tapping our feet in time together

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  posted on 12/13/2009 at 11:22 AM
I havenít seen the show yet but I am sure itís good. We saw him on G3 one year and I can tell you that he is the real deal. His kind of movement is not really posing. You canít be a dick and play on the G3; no egos out there.

This is one of the reasons that I have my reservations about Chickenfoot. I really love Satriani as a solo instrumentalist, and the G3 is one of the greatest things ever. I hope it happens again.

 

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  posted on 12/13/2009 at 11:50 AM
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Steve can rip....

as for the posing thing, well it is what it is..maybe that is just what comes out of his soul..

If you stand on a stage and force yourself to be stoic, then you are worried about how you appear..and you are guilty of posing in a differnt way, are you not ?



Excellent post as always Lefty. Of course you never say anything bad about anybody! We could all benefit by trying that approach. Folks watched this again last night ... simply amazing ... if you don't like the posing, close your eyes and the music alone will take you to wonderful places. Brilliant is the only way to describe Steve. Absolutely "friggin'" brilliant. And everybody in his band is too! Two fiddlers? Come on!!! And Jeremy Colson is one of the absolute best drummers I've seen in a long while. Jon, watch him instead of Steve and you'll see a cat working his ass off. Great, great, great ... !!!

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  posted on 12/13/2009 at 12:21 PM
Gotta say I really didn't care for Chickenfoot. A friend lent me the CD and I gave it a listen or two before I gave it back to him and I love Satriani and like Sammy Hagar. Especially didn't like Avenida Revolution, not so much for the music but the lyrics. Maybe the songs just too true. Just some random musings.

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  posted on 12/13/2009 at 12:30 PM
No one's mentioned the best part of a pretty cool movie he was in:





The dude can flat out play, that's for sure...

 

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  posted on 12/13/2009 at 03:52 PM
No sh*t sandman. How can you not like Jack Butler? Did anybody else but me see the irony in Crossroads. Ralph Macchio (sp?) was a classical guitarist who wanted to be a bluesman. Yet he won the battle with Jack Butler playing classical licks ala Yngwie not blooze. Is it just me?

 

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  posted on 12/13/2009 at 08:43 PM
Steve Vai playing with Jack Butler.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrBLnB3ze5Y

 

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  posted on 12/14/2009 at 12:58 PM
his appearence on the Zappa Plays Zappa DVD is phenominal as well.
I have been into Vai for a very long time- His Flexable and Flexable Leftovers from the early 80's were great- stuff he wrote while in Zappa's band. "Salamanders In the Sun" sound like a continuation of The Black Page. Really hear the Frank influence in his early arrangements and still today.

 

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  posted on 12/14/2009 at 03:23 PM
I agree smatter not only that but some of the posing, staging and silliness that Hasija evidently has a problem with is also directly influenced by Zappa. Something tells me that is just the way Steve is. Speaking of Zappa's influence no one ever seems to mention Col. Bruce Hampton ret., the east coast of southern frank Zappa. (Who knows maybe he evolved independently. Lol!) He has had plenty of talented players doing stupid stuff. (Remember the spitting kleenex out of the mouth and going "milk"? What was that all about? Zambi?) I'll be the first to admit that I never got Zappa, but like Col. Bruce he had some amazing musicians pass through the ranks.

 

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  posted on 12/14/2009 at 03:41 PM
Remember when he played for David Lee Roth? Eddie Van Halen called it a "clown show"!

hahahaha! typical EVH!

 

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  posted on 12/14/2009 at 03:54 PM
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Remember when he played for David Lee Roth? Eddie Van Halen called it a "clown show"!


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