Steve Vai spoke to The Press-Enterprise about his years as the guitarist in David Lee Roth‘s post-VAN HALEN solo band, alongside former TALAS bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Gregg Bissonette.
“When I heard Roth was looking for a guitarist, I just knew it was going to be me,” Steve said. “Billy Sheehan had recommended him to me, and I coveted the position. In my early days, I would wonder if I could get a gig. I figured I would go for it and tried out with Alice Cooper, KISS and others. But for some reason, I just knew this would be my gig and I would just have to wait for it. Sure enough, I got the call.”
Even though Steve knew his technique would be compared to that of Eddie Van Halen, he never let the pressure get to him.
“You don’t compete with Eddie Van Halen,” he said. “He was a monolith and brought so much inspiration for me. He’s a genius.”