I did my first interview with Steve Vai in May of 1990, when he was just 29. He had just released his solo album Passion and Warfare, and was touring with Whitesnake, which was then basking in the glory of its multiplatinum Slip of the Tongue album.
Before Whitesnake Vai had played hired gun for David Lee Roth, playing guitar on two solo albums and cowriting half of 1988’s Eat ‘Em and Smile, including the hit single “Yankee Rose”.
Vai also toured with Roth and played a number of Van Halen tunes live, so at one point in the conversation I asked him if he found it daunting stepping into Eddie VH’s shoes.
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