Happy Birthday to Steven Siro Vai (born June 6, 1960). He is an American guitarist, songwriter and producer who has sold over 15 million albums. He and his contemporary Joe Satriani are widely regarded as virtuosos on their instruments with their skill extending beyond their affinity for their instrument to their mastery of the technology necessary to present their art to the public. After starting his career as a music transcriptionist for Frank Zappa, Steve Vai recorded and toured in Zappa's band for two years, from 1980 to 1982. He began a solo career in 1983, has released eight solo albums and won three Grammy Awards. He has also recorded and toured with Public Image Ltd., Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth and Whitesnake. Vai has been a regular touring member of the G3 Concert Tour which began in 1995. In 1999, Vai started his own record label Favored Nations, intending to showcase as he describes, "... artists that have attained the highest performance level on their chosen instruments."
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Watch Steve Vai - "Tender Surrender"