After starting his career with Frank Zappa, Vai recorded and toured in Zappa's band for two years, from 1980 to 1982. He began a solo career in 1983 and has won three Grammy Awards. Vai has also sold so far over 15 million albums. Vai has also recorded and toured with PIL, Alcatrazz, Whitesnake and David Lee Roth. He began playing guitar at the age of 13 in 1973 after listening to Jimmy Page’s solo on Led Zeppelin’s “Heartbreaker”.
The following year he took guitar lessons from another great guitarist, none other than Joe Satriani. His influences have been Page, Brian May, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimi Hendrix and also Jeff Beck.