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
One Night in Dublin
Runtime: 1 hrOn August 20th 2005, on what would have been his 56th birthday, a statue of Phil Lynott was unveiled in Dublins Grafton Street by his mother. There to witness the event were members of Thin Lizzy from throughout the bands career. Later that evening they joined forces under the leadership of Gary Moore for a concert that paid tribute to Phil Lynotts memory. The core band of Moore, Jethro Tull bass player Jonathan Noyce and Thin Lizzys one and only drummer Brian Downey were joined by the stellar guitar talents of Brian Robertson, Scott Gorham and Eric Bell for a set of Lizzy and Gary Moore classics.
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.
Live in Tokyo
Runtime: 1 hr 48 minThe 2005 G3 tour featured guitar legends Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and John Petrucci. Recorded on May 8th at the Tokyo Forum, G3 Live In Tokyo includes individual sets by each six-stringer, followed by an evening-ending all-star jam session.
Beyond the Supernova
Runtime: 57 min30 years after the release of his multi-platinum selling album, Surfing with the Alien, Joe Satriani searches for the next step in his career. "Beyond the Supernova" is a tour documentary that offers a glimpse into the mind of the guitarist. Join Satriani while he performs music from Shockwave Supernova through Asia and Europe as he looks back on his career. We learn of the autobiographical concept behind the record and how it plays into determining Joe Satriani's next creative step. We'll also go behind the scenes of the Surfing To Shockwave World Tour featuring performances from Joe, Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller and Marco Minnemann, as well as cameo appearances by guitarists Steve Vai and Guthrie Govan.
Live in Tokyo
Runtime: 1 hr 32 minFilmed at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Japan on April 9th 2014, these Japanese dates were the first to feature Jeff Beck’s new backing band of Jonathan Joseph (drums), Nicolas Meier (guitars) and Rhonda Smith (bass). The setlist includes some freshly minted songs that fans will never have heard before. In contrast to Beck’s previous visual releases, Performing This Week…Live At Ronnie Scott’s and Rock ‘N’ Roll Party, which both filmed in small clubs, Live In Tokyo is filmed in a major concert arena and has a very different, more expansive feel.
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.