Steve Vai tells what it’s like performing with Whitesnake

By mbrooks on October 25, 2019
LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 04: (L-R) Bassist Michael Devin, singer David Coverdale and guitarists Joel Hoekstra and Reb Beach of Whitesnake perform at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino as the band tours in support of “The Purple Album” on June 4, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

By Matthew Brooks

Not many artists have gotten around like Steve Vai. He has recorded with some of the greatest of the greats likes Whitesnake, David Lee Roth, Spinal Tap, and Ozzy Osbourne.

He has Frank Zappa, Meatloaf, and Mary J. Blige on his resume, too.

His work appears in video games like “Halo,” “Grand Theft Auto,” and, of course, “Guitar Hero.”

With a list of associated acts longer than Woodstock, everything he will share is an insight few can boast.

Vai recently shared what it was like to play alongside Whitesnake, specifically with David Coverdale.

“David was always a gentleman and all the guys, they were funny, they had a great sense of humor and I got a say, man, David Coverdale got on that stage every night.

“You were talking about, you know, what it must be like for a guy like that to have to tour that much – that’s what he’s built for, you know?

“And David got on that stage every night and he never made any excuses and he just nailed it, it was stunning. I mean, he, that guy can sing.

“And ‘Slip of the Tongue’ is 30 years old and he hasn’t stopped. He’s been continuing to tour and make music and, you know, Whitesnake itself continually changed but he’s the guy.

“And I love seeing that, you know, he’s completely committed to his craft, he has all the goods and that little incarnation of the band, I was just very happy to be a part of it. It was, like, a little… a little life gift.”

The interview can be seen here.

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