guitarist Joe Satriani.
He was influenced by guitarist Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Glen Buxton, and jazz fusion guitarist Allan Holdsworth. In 1985, he joined a group of former Van Halen front man David Lee Roth to record the albums Eat 'Em and Smile and Skyscraper.
In 1986, Vai played with John Lydon's Public Image Ltd on their album Album (also known as Compact Disc or Cassette). Then, in 1989, Vai joined Whitesnake, replacing Vivian Campbell. When Adrian Vandenberg injured his wrist shortly before recording was to begin for the album Slip tongue, Vai played all the guitar parts. Vai also played on the Alice Cooper album Hey God, along with Joe Satriani.
In 1990, Steve Vai released a critically acclaimed solo album Passion and Warfare, The song "For The Love Of God" was voted # 29 in a poll of readers' of the 100 best guitar solos of all time in Guitar World Magazine. In 1994 Vai began writing and recording with Ozzy Osbourne. Only one track from these sessions, "My Little Man", was released on the album Ozzmosis. Despite Vai wrote the track he does not appear on the album.
Steve Vai released his second album entitled Passion and Warfare. The album received international recognition, and Steve won Guitar Player magazine reader's poll in 4 different categories. Steve, the third album titled Sex & Religion released in 1993 and the fourth album Alien Love Secrets was released in 1995. In 1996, the fifth album Fire Garden Steve released. In 1994 Vai received a Grammy Award for his performance on the Frank Zappa song Sofa from the album Zappa's Universe, Vai playing a twin-necked Ibanez.
The beginning of the 21st century saw the release flurry of Vai, including a compilation of instrumental, 7th Song: Enchanting Guitar Melodies Archive, in 2000, and the first full-length live release, Alive in an Ultra World, in 2001, as well as a career that included a giant ten-disc box set of Secret Jewel Box. In 2002 he collected several pieces that he has contributed to movies over the years, including the guitar duel from Crossroads and the theme to Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey and put them together in a collection of 40 songs called The Elusive Light and Sound , Vol. 1.
A series of compilations came next, and after a five year absence from the studio, Vai returned in 2005 with Real Illusions: Reflections. A tour with the Metropole Orchestra followed and he released a ambitious double live set documenting his performance, titled Theory of Sound, Vol. 1-2, in the year 2007. In 2010, he performed with the North Netherlands Orchestra, debuting several new compositions that fused rock music with orchestral arrangements, dubbed "Evo Era." Vai has also appeared on several television in 2010, appearing on The Tonight Show and on American Idol with Mary J. Blige, Orianthi, Travis Barker, Ron Fair, Orianthi, and Randy Jackson.
For years, Steve Vai has guested on countless albums by other artists, including Gregg Bissonette's debut and Submarine, Alice Cooper's Hey Stoopid, Randy Coven's Funk Me Tender, Al Infinite Desire in Meola's, Public Image Ltd. 's Album Joe Jackson's Symphony 1, and Billy Sheehan's Compression, and also releases from Mike Stern, Ozzy, and Meat Loaf. He can also be found in the additional Zappa releases as Jazz from Hell, Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar, Guitar, and on several volumes lasts Again That You Can not Step on the series and the live tribute disc Zappa's Universe. As if his busy schedule was not full enough, Vai pursue a lifelong interest when he began harvesting honey among five bee colonies in the backyard of his house. Greg Prato, Rovi.