Happy 57th Birthday to Steve Vai!—Watch Him Flawlessly Cover Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Voodoo Child!’
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This is unreal!
Today we celebrate the legendary Steve Vai’s 57th Birthday! Vai is one of the greatest guitar players we’ve ever seen do it, and his creative style really sets him apart from everybody else!
Everyone knows that Steve Vai is one of the most creative guitarists of all time. He reworks songs with some of the most amazing effects, and is the master of shredding masterful solos! But Vai also has the tendency to surprise people every now and then!
Recently, Vai shocked everyone when he dropped into a bowling alley to shred a ridiculous cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child.” Vai invited a few friends to join him on stage, including Tom Morello, Phil X, Richie Kotzen, Stu Hamm and Kenny Aronoff. The amazing performance stuns the crowd, and offers a slightly alternative take on Hendrix’s classic! They add effects, change a some of the tune and shred some pretty jaw-dropping solos!
Fun Fact: This was recorded after Hendrix had finished the long, slow blues of “Voodoo Chile,” a 15-minute jam that appears earlier on the album. An ABC film crew came into the studio to do a piece on The Experience, and told them to “make like you’re playing, boys.” Jimi said, “Okay, let’s do this in E.” The TV footage was lost.
Take a listen to the amazing cover down below, and prepare to be amazed! “Voodoo Child” starts around 10:15! And again, Happy Birthday, Steve! Have a fantastic day!