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Steve Vai Celebrates Anniversary with Pair of Local Shows

November 9th, 2016

When he was just 13, guitar-virtuoso Steve Vai began taking lessons from another New Yorker who would become known as a shredder, Joe Satriani. But Vai’s first foray into the professional music world was working with Frank Zappa when he was still just a teen. Of course, he’d go on to become what AllMusic calls “a fast-fingered guitar god who’s considered one of rock’s greatest musicians.” He’s since worked with a variety of bands and musicians and in array of genres, guested on countless albums, toured endlessly and even conducted master classes, all the while still finding time to do solo work. His most recent release, the adventurous Modern Primitive (stream it below), which Ultimate Guitar calls “simply stunning,” arrived earlier this year, as did a remastered 25th-anniversary edition of his breakthrough album, Passion & Warfare. And Vai (above, doing “Gravity Storm” live) celebrates the milestone with a pair of local shows, tonight at Town Hall and on Saturday at the Space at Westbury.