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BackStory Presents: Steve Vai Live from The Cutting Room 8/22/17

August 25th, 2017
Steve Vai Live from The Cutting Room 8/22/17

Steve Vai Live from The Cutting Room 8/22/17

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!

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December 12th: Benefit For Tony MacAlpine @ the Wiltern Theater, LA

December 14th, 2015


December 12th: Benefit For Tony MacAlpine @ the Wiltern Theater, LA

Included in the show were:

  • John 5 & The Creatures
  • Zakk Wylde
  • Mike Portnoy
  • Billy Sheehan
  • Derek Sherinian
  • Steve Vai and band
  • Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt
  • Paul Gilbert

The evening finale was an all-star jam with house band Portnoy, Sheehan, Sherinian, and featuring special guests.

Videos from the benefit show can be viewed below:

MacAlpine’s update on his health:

“Hello my friends,

I would like to say hello to you all and wish you the best during this holiday season. Regardless of whether you are near or far, this is the time of the year that brings friends and family together.

It has been a while since I have had the energy to write, so I will take this time to give you an update of sorts, a small window into some of my daily activities at this point.

Two months after my surgery on August 28th, I have been strictly following the course of these excellent Doctors of Medicine, and progress is being achieved at a rate they as well as I am encouraged by. It is a difficult routine that I must endure for many more months that involves a very intense series of drug therapies and constant analytical procedures that are overwhelmingly draining because of their brutal side effects, but my eyes and heart are on the big picture, which is recovery.

More often than not the biggest hurdle is knowing that after you engage yourself in this fight – this battle on a weekly schedule – you still must reserve some energy to think positive, as that is a very important and necessary mechanic in this healing process.

Your prayers, messages and positive energy are not going unnoticed, and although I have quite a long road ahead, it is not traveled alone, as I have all of you there for support. And I thank you all for that!

I will touch base and give you further updates soon.”

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Steve Vai, Billy Sheehan and Gregg Bissonette ‘Eat ‘Em and Smile’ 30th Anniversary Show

November 25th, 2015
David Lee Roth - Eat 'em and Smile

David Lee Roth – Eat ’em and Smile

TONIGHT, Nov. 25th 2015, Steve Vai, Billy Sheehan and drummer Gregg Bissonette will reunite at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, California, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of David Lee Roth’s Eat ‘Em and Smile album with a one-time-only show.

They’ll be joined by guest vocalist Ralph Saenz, also known as Steel Panther’s Michael Starr.

The show is free, and it’ll kick off 8:30 p.m. It will mark the first time in 30 years that Vai, Sheehan and Bissonette have played together. They’ll be recreating music from the 1986 album and tour.

Eat ‘Em and Smile was the first of two Roth albums to feature Vai and Sheehan.

This show is part of “Ultimate Jam Night,” a series of free performances that take place Wednesdays at Lucky Strike Live. This particular “Ultimate Jam Night” certainly lives up to its name.

The 30th Anniversary of the EAT EM’ and SMILE BAND" featuring STEVE VAI, BILLY SHEEHAN, and GREGG BISSONETTE along with guest vocalist RALPH SAENZ (Steel Panther)

The 30th Anniversary of the EAT EM’ and SMILE BAND” featuring STEVE VAI, BILLY SHEEHAN, and GREGG BISSONETTE along with guest vocalist RALPH SAENZ (“Michael Starr” of Steel Panther)

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November 7th, 2015


(Los Angeles, CA) Guitar legends Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde and John 5, along with drum powerhouse Mike Portnoy, bass icon Billy Sheehanand keyboard phenomenon Derek Sherinian are joining forces to play a benefit concert for guitar and keyboard virtuoso Tony MacAlpine, who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer.

The Benefit for Tony MacAlpine will take place at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on December 12, 2015, at 7:00pm, featuring performances from John 5 & The Creatures, Zakk Wylde with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian; Steve Vai and band, and culminating in an all-star jam with house band Portnoy, Sheehan, Sherinian featuring special guests. Eddie Trunk will serve as master of ceremonies for the night.

In addition to this extraordinary musical event, Steve Vai, John 5, Paul Gilbert and Joe Satriani have all graciously donated personal guitars to be auctioned during the event.  Tony’s gear manufacturers Ibanez, Hughes & Kettner, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Source Audioand Voodoo Lab have also generously donated equipment to be raffled.

Tony’s cancer diagnosis comes on the heels of his wife’s diagnosis with breast cancer in June, making the situation even more trying for Tony and his family.

“Tony is a dear friend, an absolutely sweet human being and one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever worked with,” says Mike Portnoy, “We are coming together to help raise money and awareness to help him fight his battle and come out on top!”  Adds Steve Vai, “It’s a great privilege to take to the stage with my friends Zakk, John, Mike and Billy in support of our dear friend Tony. Tony has always been blessed with an exceptional talent and more so, he’s an exceptionally cool guy. It’s a great cause and will be a magical evening of guitar extravaganza.”

“Tony has been such an inspiration to me,” says John 5 “He is an incredible musician and an unbelievable talent. Please let’s all come together and beat this!”
“Tony is our brother. We look forward to making a historical night, and raising a lot of money to help our friend in need.” said Derek Sherinian.

Tony MacAlpine is widely known as a guitar virtuoso who is just as skilled on the keys. Edge of Insanity, his classic debut album, was recently ranked by Guitar World magazine as one of the Top Ten Shred Guitar Albums of all time. Aside from his solo work, Tony has also been part of several rock supergroups including Planet X with Derek Sherinian and Virgil Donati; PSMS (Portnoy/Sheehan/MacAlpine/Sherinian); as well as the Grammy nominated CAB with bassist Bunny Brunel and drummer Dennis Chambers. MacAlpine also spent seven years playing guitar and keys in Steve Vai’s touring band The Breed.
Tony’s most recent album Concrete Gardens was released in May.  Tony toured the US in June to promote the album, but was forced to cancel tours of Asia, Australia and Europe when his health deteriorated.

Tickets are on sale: Saturday November 7, at 10am PT through, with all proceeds going to help Tony and his family.  A GoFundMe campaign will be set up for fans who can’t make the show, but still want to contribute.

Doors will be at 7 pm with the show set to begin at 8 pm. For tickets, visit

Tickets for the Benefit For Tony MacAlpine are on sale now:

This special event will take place at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on December 12, 2015, at 7:00pm, featuring performances from John 5 & The Creatures, Zakk Wylde with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian; Steve Vai and band, and culminating in an all-star jam with house band Portnoy, Sheehan, Sherinian, and featuring special guests. Eddie Trunk will serve as master of ceremonies for the night.

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From Hell’s Heart: 7/8/9(!?) stringed guitars – Yea or Nay?

May 29th, 2015

From Hells Heart

From Hell’s Heart:
7/8/9(!?) stringed guitars – Yay or Nay?

The standard guitar used by most metal guitarists is a 6-stringed instrument. In the past several years we’ve seen/heard a lot of players using 7 stringed guitars, and even some pushing the envelope with 8 and, yes, even 9 strings. Why? Does it make things more interesting? Heavier? More progressive? Is it a waste of time? We asked our contributors to choose a side and back up their “Yea or Nay” decision with examples of players/bands.

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STEVE VAI @ Mandella Hall, Belfast

August 31st, 2013

Steve Vai

@ Mandella Hall, Belfast

August 29th, 2013

Review by Jonathan Traynor

Photography by Paul Verner

Steve Vai @ Mandela Hall, Belfast

Steve Vai @ Mandela Hall, Belfast

FOR some, Steve Vai is just simply a fantastically fast and talented guitar player – but there is sometimes among the few who have not witnessed him live are those who doubt that he can deliver a coherent live rock show.

Until this Mandella Hall date I was one of those – of course I admire his recorded output, but could I really put up with two and a half hours of widdly, widdly guitar worship?
Thankfully I could.
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Steve Vai – Story of Light Tour – Dave Weiner to open shows for Steve Vai EU Tour

November 28th, 2012


”A Collection of Short Stories: Vol. 1″ is the first installment from Dave’s raw, unaccompanied instrumental acoustic series. “I wanted the listener to feel as if I was playing the guitar for them”, Dave says, “like they were right there in the room with me. The movement on the strings, the breathing. The wood of the guitar is speaking, and it’s all captured in its beautiful natural form.”

For the last 13 years, the only constant in Steve Vai’s touring career has been guitarist, Dave Weiner. Fresh out of college in Pennsylvania, Dave moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to attend Musician’s Institute: Guitar Institute of Technology. “No matter how many years of schooling I went through, after it was over, I always said I was heading to LA to go to GIT”, Dave explains. “Since I was 10 years old, I knew guitar was my calling… and school in sunny LA where I play guitar all day sounds like a great place to get something started.” The first day of school, Dave found MI’s job board and faxed in his resume to a local management company looking for interns. That night, Dave received a call from a woman named Ruta Sepetys. “It was a name that I recognized, but didn’t know where from. We chatted and she eventually named her clients, the last of which was Mr. Steve Vai.” Once Dave met Mr. Vai during his intern experience with Ruta, Dave submitted his demo he had been working on during MI. Weeks after turning in his demo, the phone rings. “I really liked your demo. You can obviously play.”, said Mr. Vai. “I’m about to start rehearsals for a world tour, I could use another guitar player. Would you like to join the band?” Dave Weiner has been recording and rocking on tour with Mr. Steve Vai ever since.

Dave Weiner is opening for Mr. Vai’s Story of Light tour to support his new record, “A Collection of Short Stories: Vol. 1.” The world tour has already begun and will continue on til late 2012. For tour dates, visit

Track Listing:
1. Daybreak
2. Once We Were
3. A Sigh of Bliss
4. The Four Winds
5. The Trillium’s Launch
6. Reverie
7. Torchwood
8. Scent of a Memory
9. A Midnight Stroll
10. The Farewell

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STEVE VAI: The Circus, Helsinki

November 17th, 2012

Steve Vai

Steve Vai



23’st October 2012


Steve Vai is an extraordinary American guitarist who has sold over 15 million albums worldwide. The man started his career in the early 80’s in Frank Zappa’s band with whom he recorded and toured for two years. Vai began a solo career in 1983 and to this date he has released eight studio albums, several live releases and played with several other bands including David Lee Roth and Whitesnake. Steve Vai has often been called a man who set the standard for guitar virtuosity in the 80’s and he has won three Grammy awards. The latest album STORY OF LIGHT was released through Vai’s own Favored Nations Records earlier this year and the following tour now finally bring the man back to Finland after seven year break.
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STEVE VAI Looks Back On DAVID LEE ROTH’s Eat ‘Em And Smile – “It Was One Of My Favorite Times In My Whole Musical Career; It Was Just Glorious”

August 22nd, 2012

In a new interview with, legendary guitarist STEVE VAI discussed his new album The Story Of Light as well as working with DAVID LEE ROTH for the Eat ‘Em And Smile album and tour. An excerpt is available below:

Examiner: Regarding the song ‘Yankee Rose’, were there actually any words ever considered or written for that guitar conversation you had with Dave for that?

Vai: “Yeah, there were some words I was thinking in my mind, but I can’t remember what they were. Something silly, you know (laughs).”

Examiner: It’s a great way to start a cut.

Vai: “Yeah. When I joined the band—I have a very quirky, esoteric guitar nature, but I’m also a big fan of rock and metal. So when I joined that band, or any band that I join, I assess the situation and I come to grips with what I think the appropriate contribution would be, but I also have to be myself at some point. So in opening up the record and doing ‘Yankee Rose’, I thought, What can I do here that’s completely preposterous that’s very me but still has rock and roll integrity and people will get a kick out of it? And I always have the talking guitar thing in my arsenal, so it was the perfect opportunity to pull it.”

Examiner: People are always analyzing whether the original Eat ’Em and Smile band was better musically than the original lineup of VAN HALEN. What are your thoughts about this?

Vai: “‘Better’ is such a subjective term, you know? I just don’t respond to these competitive comparisons. They’re useless and meaningless, because if it’s better for one person and not for another, then they’re both right. Your opinion is the important thing. You can never deny the immense talent, rock credibility and iconic historical contribution that Van Halen made. And Edward Van Halen is a guitar god of the highest order. I have immense respect and love for Edward, you know? I would probably be playing the guitar very differently if he never came along. He’s a totally inspired person.

When we started Eat ’Em and Smile, Dave got the best musicians he could, who he thought was the best. And I thought it was a hell of a band. It was one of my favorite times in my whole musical career, because we were rock stars, you know? And touring with somebody like Dave, you can’t even imagine what it was like. It was just glorious, man. And I knew it was fleeting, and I knew it was something that I wasn’t going to be doing my whole life, because my brand of music in my own head is very different. So, if you like Van Halen better than the Eat ’Em and Smile band, then you’re right. And if I like Eat ’Em and Smile better than Van Halen, then I’m right. But I don’t like one better than the other. The Eat ’Em and Smile band was fierce. And that’s it.”

Go to this location for the complete interview.

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Steve Vai to release new solo album THE STORY OF LIGHT August 14 on Favored Nations Records, with guest vocalists including Aimee Mann and Beverly McClellan

July 24th, 2012
Steve Vai to release new solo album THE STORY OF LIGHT August 14 2012

Steve Vai to release new solo album THE STORY OF LIGHT August 14 2012

Virtuoso guitarist and visionary composer will release The Story of Light, a new solo album of original material, on August 14. The title comes out on Favored Nations Entertainment, the label Vai founded in 1999. Its sprawling and expressive 12-song set continues a conceptual and cosmic narrative arc begun on the artist’s acclaimed 2005 album Real Illusions: Reflections (also Vai’s most recent solo studio release).

Although The Story of Light is largely instrumental, the album does feature guest vocalists including singer-songwriter Aimee Mann—dueting with Vai on “No More Amsterdam,” which she also co-wrote—and Beverly McClellan, a season one finalist on The Voice. McClellan appears on “John the Revelator,” a track inspired by a vintage recording of blues singer Blind Willie Johnson, whose acid-soaked vocals are in the mix as well. Other highlights include the title track (which opens the album), “Gravity Storm,” “The Moon and I,” and “Velorum.”

Throughout, three-time GRAMMY-winner Vai’s lead guitar is as lyrically resonant as it is technically masterful, his licks and solos bending sounds and in listeners’ minds in equal measure. The Story of Light follows the journey of a man driven mad by grief, intertwining tragedy, revelation, enlightenment, and redemption.

“I’m always pursuing knowledge, I’m a seeker of spiritual equilibrium—and music is a big part of that,” says Vai. “I’ve been obsessed with these kinds of ideas for years.” Looking ahead, Vai envisions a third set of songs that will unravel the mysteries and reveal truths that swirl through both The Story of Light and Real Illusions: Reflections. The completed trilogy, intended to be cinematic—even operatic—in scope, will include lyrics and narration.

The Story of Light is available as of today for online pre-sale orders. This special pre-sale selection of bundled packages is offered exclusively through Vai’s website,, where complete details on the products and ordering information are available. Each package includes an instant download of a track from the new album personally selected by Vai, “Gravity Storm.”

Steve Vai

Steve Vai

Following up the 2009 live album Where The Wild Things Are, The Story of Light, is Vai’s 16th solo effort. In support of its release, Vai will begin a tour of North America on August 15th in Fort Lauderdale Florida, accompanied by his band—who are also featured on the new album: Dave Weiner (guitar), Jeremy Colson (drums), Philip Bynoe (bass), and Deborah Hensen (harp, vocals, keyboards).

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June 7th, 2012




Virtuoso guitarist and visionary composer Steve Vai has just announced his official 2012 North American Tour in support of the upcoming release The Story of Light, a new solo album of original material, to be released on August 14th via Favored Nations Entertainment. The tour kicks off the next day, August 15, at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida’s Revolution, and ends October 13 in Agoura Hills, CA.

In addition to regular concert ticket sales, Vai fans can purchase a unique and special premium package – the EVO Experience – which includes a meet and greet pass, a Q&A session with Steve Vai, access to sound check, a 2012 Story of Light Tour Program, an exclusive EVO Experience laminate and a number of other Vai merchandise items. EVO Experience premium tickets will soon be available for purchase through Vai’s website, A limited number of EVO Experience tickets are available for each show.

The Story of Light is available for online pre-sale orders, including a special pre-sale selection of bundled packages, on


North American Tour Dates:
8/15 Ft. Lauderdale FL | Revolution

8/16 St. Petersburg FL | Palladium Theatre

8/17 Lake Buena Vista FL | House of Blues

8/18 Jacksonville FL | Florida Theatre

8/20 Charlotte NC | The Fillmore

8/21 Nashville TN | Marathon Musicworks

8/22 Asheville NC | Orange Peel

8/23 Atlanta GA | Centerstage

8/24 N. Myrtle Beach SC | House of Blues

8/25 Durham NC | Carolina Theatre

8/26 Richmond VA | The National

8/28 Washington DC | The Howard Theatre

8/29 Stroudsberg PA | Sherman Theatre

8/30 Glenside PA | Keswick Theatre

8/31 Westbury NY |Theatre at Westbury

9/2 Lancaster PA | Chameleon Club

9/4 Ridgefield CT | The Ridgefield Playhouse

9/5 Wilmington DE | The Grand Opera House

9/6 Greensburg PA | Palace Theater

9/7 New Brunswick NJ | State Theatre

9/8 Morristown NJ | Mayo Performing Arts Center

9/9 Albany NY | The Egg

9/11 New York NY | Best Buy Theater

9/13 Boston MA | Wilbur Theatre

9/14 Northampton MA | Calvin Theatre

9/15 Concord NH | Capitol Center

9/16 Lebanon NH | Lebanon Opera House

9/17 Quebec QC CAN | Capitole Du Quebec

9/18 Montreal QC CAN | Metropolis

9/20 Toronto ON CAN | Sony Centre

9/21 Royal Oak MI | Royal Oak Music Hall

9/22 Buffalo NY | University of Buffalo Center for the Arts

9/24 Cleveland OH | House of Blues

9/26 Minneapolis MN | The Brick

9/27 Milwaukee WI | Pabst Theater

9/28 Chicago IL | House of Blues

9/29 St. Louis MO |The Pageant

9/30 Salina KS | The Stiefel Theatre

10/1 Denver CO | The Ogden Theatre

10/3 Boise ID | Knitting Factory

10/4 Seattle WA | The Moore Theatre

10/5 Vancouver BC | Commodore Ballroom

10/6 Portland OR | Roseland Theater

10/7 Napa CA | Uptown Theatre

10/9 San Francisco CA | Regency Ballroom

10/10 Sacramento CA | Ace of Spades

10/11 Anaheim CA | City National Grove of Anaheim

10/12 Los Angeles CA | Club Nokia

10/13 Agoura Hills CA | Canyon Club

Steve Vai Online: Website | Facebook | Twitter

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GRAHAM BONNET – Alcatrazz, solo artist, ex- Rainbow, MSG, Impellitteri

March 26th, 2012

Graham Bonnet

Graham Bonnet



Graham Bonnet is an English rock vocalist and songwriter who started his musician career already in the late 60’s with the band Marbles. Bonnet is best known about his brief career in Rainbow with whom he recorded classic album DOWN TO EARTH in 1979 and working with Michael Schenker Group on ASSAULT ATTACK in 1982. He has later on recorded and performed as a solo artist, leaded his own band Alcatrazz and worked on numerous projects including Moonstone Project, Anthem and Lyraka. Bonnet has been a regular visitor in Finland on the past ten years and this year made no exception here. I was able to catch with the man himself on late March in Helsinki and here are the results of our interesting discussion. Read on!

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May 2nd, 2011


ON-GOING EBAY AUCTION FORcHumanity Thru Music – In Benefit of Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary EBAY AUCTION NOW!!


HOLLYWOOD, CA – (May 2, 2011) – Besides the love of music, rockstars have a soft spot for our four legged furry friends. With the help from so many artists and actors with their charitable donations of instruments and signed memorabilia, FUR & FEATHER ANIMAL SANCTUARY comes closer to breaking ground in the next year for the first fully solar and wind powered, no-kill animal sanctuary. The sanctuary will also provide the community with a low-cost animal clinic, education and cultural center.

Every day we will add items from artists such as STEVE VAI, PAUL GILBERT, MARKY RAMONE, COM-CON Icon PAUL DINI, RICHIE KOTZEN, DEF LEPPARD, PHIL COLLEN, WENDY DIO, GEORGE LYNCH -that is just a few of the celebrities that donated items – Other items include JOHN LENON litho posters,DISNEY figures, jewelry, clothing, tons of CD’s and more – GO BID NOW!!!!!

Shop eBay NOW!

More items coming!! Keep an eye out for additions of cool signed memorabilia from your favorite rockstars!! All items come with signed letters of authentication for your collection!

Did you know?

-Between four million and six million pets are euthanized every year because they are homeless.

– An animal in a shelter is killed every 1.5 seconds.

– Only one animal in 10 born in the U.S. gets a good home that lasts a lifetime.

– There is a direct correlation between animal abuse and neglect and child abuse and neglect.

FUR & FEATHER ANIMAL SANCTUARY is a 501(c)(3) that was organized exclusively for charitable, and educational purposes, more specifically for helping homeless and un-wanted animals with medical care, adoption in a no-kill safe environment.

For more information go to (almost finished) or visit them on Facebook now! Just search for Fur & Feather Animals Sanctuary and look for the happy Pit-bull~ To donate to the cause use Paypal and email to or email to get address to send checks~# #

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March 24th, 2011



Guinness Certifies Berkleemusic and Vai Following Live Online Event for Worldwide Guitar-Playing Audience

BOSTON, MA (March 24, 2011) —After several weeks of careful tabulation, it’s now official: Berkleemusic, the online continuing education division of Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music, and Grammy®-award winning guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, have set the Guinness® World Record for the world’s largest online guitar lesson. This first-of-its-kind initiative, held at leading streaming media platform Livestream Studios in New York City on March 3rd, brought together almost seven thousand members of the international guitar community in a celebration of online music education.  Guinness certified the world record based on Berklee having recruited 4,455 students over the first 15 minutes to the lesson. Berkleemusic also announced a donation of $7000—one dollar for each student certified as taking part in the lesson—to the Steve Vai Online Scholarship Fund at Berkleemusic.  The fund rewards and assists outstanding students studying in Berkleemusic’s multi-course certificate programs.

“I am very happy and proud to announce that Berklee College of Music was officially awarded the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest online guitar lesson,” said Berkleemusic Chief Marketing Officer Stefanie Henning.  “This was an amazing collaboration of all the teams here at Berkleemusic with tremendous support from Berklee College of Music PresidentRoger Brown, the College faculty and students, and, of course, the day’s guest of honor, Steve Vai.”

Berkleemusic and Steve Vai have also co-authored a new twelve-week online course: Steve Vai Guitar Techniques. This online course, nearing the end of its first session, presents students with the chance to gain a deep understanding of Vai’s death-defying playing styles, repertoire, techniques, and musical concepts from anywhere in the world, and to incorporate their learnings into their own playing.

Building on the renowned guitar curriculum that Berklee has offered to students for decades, the course is now open for enrollment for the school’s spring term which begins on April 4th, 2011. For more information regarding the course, registration information, and to sample an online guitar course, visit

Vai, who is currently finishing a new solo album and preparing for an extensive world tour to coincide with its fall release, is a Berklee alumnus with a devoted fan base in over seventy countries. He is a passionate advocate for music education and exploration.

“I hope this record encourages players to continue to cultivate their own unique style and spirit on the guitar,” Vai says. “I think this record really showcases the interest that exists in guitar education worldwide. It was a true pleasure working with an institution like Berkleemusic, who shares my interest in helping to bring more skilled musicians into the world.”

Fans can view the archived online lesson, chat and question transcripts, as well as Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel’s pre-lesson promotional videos, at

About is the award-winning online continuing education division of Berklee College of Music, the world leader in music education. Bringing access to Berklee’s acclaimed curriculum to all students anywhere in the world, Berkleemusic is taking a leadership role in educating the next generation of producers, performers, and entrepreneurs on the evolving music industry landscape.  Berklee’s renowned faculty provide a strong portfolio of over 130 online courses and multi-course certificate programs in Music Production, Guitar, Theory, Harmony & Ear Training, Music Business, Songwriting, and more.  Visit for in-depth information on how to advance your music career, sample a lesson, or connect with our dedicated student advising team.


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The World’s Largest Online Guitar Lesson with Steve Vai Watch it Live at 1:30 PM EST, Thursday 3.3.11

March 2nd, 2011


Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel supports Steve Vai and Thursday, March 3 @ 1:30pm EST

Guinness World Record Attempt with On-line Video “Pre-Lesson” forThe World’s Largest Online Guitar Lesson

It’s almost upon us! Help us break a world record!


The lesson will be hosted at on a dedicated Berkleemusic channel from Livestream’s studio in NYC.

Not to be outdone by guitar wizard Steve Vai, Spinal Tap’s lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel is offering his own “pre-lesson” online in advance of Vai’s world record breaking attempt for the world’s largest online guitar lesson.

Check out Tufnel’s exclusive video introduction of Berkleemusic’s FREE online guitar lesson at:

The World’s Largest Online Guitar Lesson is part of a national education campaign to position Berkleemusic as an innovator and leader in online music education and to raise awareness about Berkleemusic’s new online courses.

Steve Vai’s Guinness World Record attempt takes place: Thursday, March 3 at 1:30pm EST and 10:30am PST

Hope to see you there online!

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