Steve Vai has some serious credits to his name. Before he made a name as a solo artist, he spent time backing a variety of heavyweights -- from Frank Zappa to Johnny Lydon of Public Image Limited (yes, Johnny Lydon/Rotten of the Sex Pistols called Vai for support) to David Lee Roth to Whitesnake. Not surprisingly, it was with the latter two pop-oriented projects that he came into the national spotlight -- in addition to his scorching, devil-fueled performance across from Ralph Macchio in the mostly lame film Crossroads. But the real guitar wizardry began in full with his debut record Flex-Able and the more developed Passion and Warfare -- both high concept albums featuring dizzying seven-string slinging and an epic variety of tunes, from wicked Metal riffing and a slew of guitar textures to the occasional overblown musical mush. Vai may fall on his face with his experiments at times, but it's nice to see a guitar god think about breaking boundaries and concentrating on composition for a change.
Steve Vai Concert Films
Stillness In Motion
Runtime: 6 hr 9 minStillness In Motion: Vai Live in L.A. was recorded October 2012 at Club Nokia in LA while Steve was on his two year worldwide Story of Light tour. This live performance features new, arresting arrangements of his classic material and fan favorites.
Steve Vai Top Tracks
Blues for Jimi
Runtime: 1 hr 14 minThis unique concert was filmed at the London Hippodrome in 2007. It formed a part of the launch for the Jimi Hendrix “Live At Monterey” programme and featured Gary Moore and his band performing classic Hendrix tracks. At the end of the night Gary was joined by Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox of the Jimi Hendrix Experience for 3 tracks. Gary Moore was one of the finest British guitarists of all time and is one of the few players who could pay homage to Jimi Hendrix’s groundbreaking and truly distinctive guitar style. This is a stunning tribute from one master guitarist to another.
Live At Montreux 1986/1993
Al di Meola
Runtime: 46 minAl Di Meola was one of the dominant figures in jazz rock fusion in the seventies and eighties, first with Return To Forever, which also featured Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke, and later as a solo artist. His albums have dominated the US jazz charts and he has frequently earned top honors in Guitar Player magazine’s polls. From the late 1980s onwards he has moved away from jazz fusion to concentrate primarily on acoustic guitar, with an increasing Latin influence. This concert by him at Montreux Jazz Festival 1986 is a solo performance. For 45 minutes long Al Di Meola manages to keep the attention of the audience, not only with a good sense of humor but certainly also with a great variety of style and dynamics. Especially for guitarists this concert is a pleasure to watch, since it contains many close-up shots of Al Di Meola showing his amazing technique.
Runtime: 1 hr 12 minBest known for his groundbreaking sound as part of the ‘70s prog-rock group Yes, Steve Howe is widely recognised as one of the greatest guitar players ever. In a career spanning half a century in which he was voted “Best Overall Guitarist” for five consecutive years, he has played with some of the industry’s biggest names and at some of the world’s most prestigious venues. This superb film ‘Steve Howe’s Remedy - Live’ includes an intimate feature length concert filmed during his 2004 European Tour at the Newcastle Opera House.
Get Your Buzz On Live
Runtime: 1 hr 37 minShot in HD with 16 cameras over 3 Sold-Out shows, "Chickenfoot Get Your Buzz On" offers the viewer a Once-In-A-Lifetime chance to see 4 Rock and Roll Legends share the stage and blow the fans away with their combined inordinate talents to one collective whole. The band, formed in 2008 consists of Sammy Hagar (Van Halen and Montrose), Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Chad Smith (The Red Hot Chilli Peppers) and Guitar Hero Joe Satriani.
Live in Concert
Runtime: 1 hr 9 minThree giants of the guitar - Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Eric Johnson - deliver six-string acrobatics on G3 - Live In Concert. The first of many G3 tours organized by Satriani, this show features powerful sets from each player capped by an all-star jam.
Live in San Francisco
Runtime: 2 hr 37 minRecorded at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco, Joe Satriani's Live In San Francisco finds the legendary guitar virtuoso taking fans through a 150-minute, 25-song odyssey including "Cool #9," "Surfing With The Alien" and many more.
Rock and Roll Party Honoring Les Paul
Runtime: 1 hr 27 minFilmed on 9 June 2010 at the Irridium Jazz Club in New York City, forever associated with the legendary Les Paul, this Film captures Jeff Beck celebrating the great man with a selection of Les Paul songs and other great rock 'n' roll tracks on what would have been Les Paul’s 95th birthday. Jeff Beck is joined by some very special guests including Imelda May and her band led by Darrel Higham on many of the tracks plus appearances by Gary US Bonds, Brian Setzer and Trombone Shorty. The intimate setting puts you right there in the audience for a performance featuring stunning musicianship and truly great songs.