Some guys have better careers than others.
Vai and Satch were always in focus,they have the strongest careers ever.
Luck,connection with the right people and hard work are the foundation of a strong career.
If Macalpine and others don't have it probably they failed in some of these things or their music reached less people.
And there's no such a comparison like =
If Vai and MacAlpine were appearing at different venues in my town I'd be at the MacAlpine gig!!!
because everybody have their own tastes,some prefer Macalpine ,some Vai and some .............................Hammett !!!!
I have about 10 Macalpine albums and I don't like even 1 song,I like some passages which I used for studying.I really don't like his harmonies and shredding all the time is really boring as hell.
A good musician plays what song needs and never make a song just to fit all his technique inside of it.
Even when he plays slow I don't like.
Even on piano he's a boring shredder.
A great guitarist? Of course he is.
A good musician? Not to me.