Re: Vai in July's GuitarPlayer Magazine
Here's a quote from paragraphs 2, 3 & 5 from Michael Molenda's prologue and introduction to the actual interview.
"Perhaps this is why it's so shocking that the guitar god known as Steve Vai is nowhere near as dangerous as Apollo, Mars and Mercury after a bacchanal at a strip joint. Sure, his frightening command of the guitar can turn lesser technicians to soap powder, and his stellar compositional skills are too advanced for some people to dare comprehend. And, yeah, the man has sold gazillions of records, runs his own label, and has lived more of the rock-star life than 16 seasons of VH-1's Behind the Music.
But, he has also been blissfully married for decades to his Berklee College of Music sweetheart, is a doting father, embraces spirituality and charity, gets kind of goofy about art and dance and history and even keeps bees for crissakes. He's also extremely gracious and approachable- which must be breaking some guitar god rules of engagement...
...In both bearing and action, Vai has proven himself to be a benevolent guitar god who chooses not to hover above the mortal throng, instead seeking every opportunity to celebrate bitchin' noises, creative spirit and deep soul. He's one of those deities who makes it just a little bit cooler to be able to hold a guitar in your hands."
Finally, someone has nailed it as to what makes Steve Vai such a cool person and a great guitarist and composer.
The interview was short and sweet, but very much to the point. Don't miss picking up a copy of this issue of GP.