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    New Steve Vai Interview- Frank Z, The Hydra, DLR and more!



    Can you believe Steve Vai 'dropped by' the show this month!? I'm honored... Hope you enjoy this one.

    For Episode #120 we caught up with the legendary guitarist, Steve Vai. It's a wide ranging chat (indexing coming soon) that covers subjects like- The current G3 tour, possible band projects for 2024, his work on Zappa's "Jazz Discharge Party Hats" and other Man From Utopia tracks, the story behind the Zappa band playing The Allman Brothers tune Whipping Post. Also, Steve goes into detail about his most recent album, Inviolate. Including the genesis of his new triple neck axe, The Hydra and the song that was inspired by it, The Teeth of The Hydra. Another recent release, the Vai/Gash album is discussed as well and the brilliant friend of Steve's that inspired it. We also touch upon Steve's days with David Lee Roth. Memories of the Skyscraper album and an honest assessment of Dave's vocal abilities at the time. We finish things with a chat about Steve's use and love of the electric sitar. Big thanks to our co-host, Vaylor Trucks for bringing some inspired questions to the proceedings!
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    His name is Stevie Vai, and he's a crazy guy
    Last November, I recall, he needed a spanking....

    Sweet! Coincidentally I listened to (most) of Tinseltown Rebellion last night in headphones. Some crazy great guitar solos by FZ and Vinnie/Arthur Barrow rhythm section is off the charts. My question to him would've been: How the fuck did you transcribe the FZ Guitar Book with no software assistance back then??!! Vinnie's parts too!

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    Will give this a listen tonight. Steve, and Vinnie are two of my favorite musicians to listen to expound on music and life. Greg Bendian did a great interview with Vinnie last week.

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    I'd like to borrow Greg's address book.

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    Now indexed....

    00:38 Thoughts on the recent G3 tour & what Steve is up to for the rest of 2024 (and 2025), including the Satch/Vai tour that happens in 2024/25. + Some new songs they are collaborating on.
    05:20 A new group Steve is part of that is still under wraps but promises to “surprise and delight the fans”. You've probably heard some rumors....
    07:00 Vaylor asks Steve about the creation of Zappa's “The Jazz Discharge Party Hats”. The 'song' where Steve played along with Frank's spoken word monologue... + Various thoughts on working with Frank and his amazing music.
    17:12 Thoughts on Steve's compositional process...
    19:15 Vaylor gets the details on Frank adding the Allman Brothers “Whipping Post” to his setlist. At long last....
    21:25 Deciphering “Ya-Yo Gakk”.....
    22:25 Details on Steve's recent album, Inviolate. His love of double (and triple) necked guitars. The genesis of his three necked “Hyrda” guitar.
    24:00 Also, the heart shaped guitar from the 80s (seen in the Just Like Paradise video) & it's creation & use.
    25:52 Thinking up the Hydra triple neck...
    27:00 Specifics unique to the Hydra- details on the different necks. + Sustainer, guitar synth, & sample & hold
    28:00 How Steve came to nail down the layout and look of the Hydra & it's cinematic inspiration.
    29:20 First drafts of the Hyrda- from paper proofs to reality... Thanks to Ibanez's inspired design team.
    29:45 Writing the song, “Teeth of the Hydra”, on/for the Hyrda triple neck. Demands, worries and limitations overcome...
    33:50 Playing the Hyrda for the first time and the surprises that came with it.
    37:20 Making the video for the song, “Teeth of the Hydra”.
    39:00 Details on the tuning of each of the Hyrda's three necks, the amps each run into and if a chiropractor is needed on the road...
    46:25 More on the making of the video and eventually
    52:20 Thoughts on the Experience Hendrix tour
    54:00 The recently released Vai/Gash album. It's genesis and Steve's love of motorcycles. Him building them early on and the ones he acquired along the way.
    1:01:15 Steve's thoughts on rock and roll lead singers. The rock star singer DNA...
    1:04:45 Thoughts on David Lee Roth as a singer
    1:06:35 Thoughts on Eat Em And Smile VS Skyscraper
    1:09:35 The Coral electric sitar- Frank and Steve's usage of it
    1:10:15 Is that slide on “Bad Horsie”? & Closing remarks


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    Like, bump!

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