Steve Vai, Professional Guitarist and Amateur Beekeeper, Waxes on Polar Shifting and Limitless Creativity

Steve Vai is truly a guitar icon. He was a protégé of the legendary Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth's answer to Eddie Van Halen after the band and Roth parted ways, and he even battled Ralph Macchio in Crossroads. There hasn't been a guitar magazine printed in the past 30 years that has lacked Vai's likeness published somewhere within its pages.

At a time when guitar athletics were in vogue, Vai managed to rise above the crowd of virtuosic shredders in a way that impacted how people approach the instrument itself. He also manages his own label, Favored Nations, and is, interestingly, an amateur beekeeper.

The guitarist spoke with us about the infinite nature of music, PIL, and Zappa reissues while on the European leg of his tour.

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David Von Bader