By Robert Cavuoto
Legendary guitarist Steve Vai was at the Cutting Room in NYC this Tuesday evening not to perform, but rather for an entertaining, enlightening, and insightful interview hosted by Brad Tolinski; former Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World Magazine.
Whether the crowd of guitar enthusiasts at the Cutting Room tonight knew Steve’s legacy with Frank Zappa, Dave Lee Roth, Whitesnake, or his extensive body of solo work; they were all there to be a part of this once in a lifetime event.
Through Brad’s uncanny knowledge of Steve body of work, fans got a retrospective look into Steve’s career in his own words. During the hour long interview, Steve talked about his early beginnings and having no expectations of being famous. He just opened his mind to creating the weirdest music possible! The pure joy of making records and releasing them was more for his own pleasure than anyone else.
The two also chatted about the success of Steve’s 1990 release, Passion and Warfare as well as what went into putting out the 25th Anniversary edition which includes the CD Modern Primitive. The songs on that CD were either unreleased and/or re-imagined versions of songs from his days in the band The Classified. It turns out Modern Primitive is Steve’s favorite CD as he finds it adventurous and quirky.
Steve did not perform, but he did have one of his Ibanez Jem Guitar’s on hand; FLO III to be exact. He shared with the enthusiastic crowd how and why designed the guitar, how he came up with the idea of the floating tremolo, and the true purpose of the monkey grip.
If you weren’t in NYC for the event, it was streamed that evening as well as filmed. The full uncut interview can be seen and enjoyed here!