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Steven Siro Vai (/v/; born June 6, 1960) is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer. A three-time Grammy Award winner and fifteen-time nominee,[1] Vai started his music career in 1978 at the age of eighteen as a transcriptionist for Frank Zappa,[2] and joined his band from 1980 to 1983.[1] He embarked on a solo career in 1983 and has released eight solo albums to date.[3] He has recorded and toured with AlcatrazzDavid Lee RothWhitesnake, as well as having recorded with artists such as Mary J. BligeSpinal Tap, and Ozzy Osbourne. Additionally, Vai has toured with live-only acts G3Zappa Plays Zappa, the Experience Hendrix tour, as well as headlining international tours.[4]

Vai has been described as a “highly individualistic player” and part of a generation of “heavy rock and metal virtuosi who came to the fore in the 1980s”.[5] He released his first solo album Flex-Able in 1984, while his most successful release, Passion and Warfare (1990), was described as “the richest and best hard rock guitar-virtuoso album of the ’80s”.[6] He was voted the “10th Greatest Guitarist” by Guitar World magazine,[7] and has sold over 15 million records

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