Steve Vai is a living guitar legend. Voted #10 on Guitar World‘s 2012 “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” poll, the axe man was a leader among the talented crop of metal and heavy rock electric guitar masters that came to prominence during the 1980’s. At the age of thirteen, after having purchased his first guitar and begun taking his first lessons with fellow New York native Joe Satriani, Vai became obsessed with the discipline of practice. Vai’s practice routine, consisting of a rigid and structured regiment of ten-to-fifteen hour-a-day practice schedules, became the basis of his work ethic for the rest of his career.Vai got started on his music industry as an 18-year-old transcriptionist for Frank Zappa, and went on to join Zappa’s band for several years before embarking on a decorated solo career. He has also toured with seminal 80’s rock acts like Whitesnake and David Lee Roth, and participated in live projects like Zappa Plays Zappa and “Experience Hendrix,” and has recorded with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Meatloaf, and many more. A thoroughly individual player, Vai’s playing is marked by his technical proficiency and diverse playing techniques, including two-handed tapping, sweep picking, whammy bar acrobatics, and beyondBeyond his own personal playing, Vai is known for his technical innovations in the world of the electric guitar. The Ibanez JEM model that he co-designed (with its trademark body handle) is one of the most iconic instruments in contemporary music. He also designed the first comercially-produced 7-string guitar, the Ibanez Universe, which became virtually ever-present in heavy rock and metal sub-genres throughout the ensuing decade.In honor of his 57th birthday today, take a few minutes to bask in the glory of these classic Steve Vai shred-fests below, like this video of Vai tapping and riffing away on a triple-necked guitar at The Fillmore in Denver on 10/20/03……or this clip of Vai’s shred duel with actor Ralph Macchio from the 1986 film “Crossroads…”Or this clip of Vai and former Ozzy Osborne guitarist Zakk Wylde tag-teaming Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child…”…Or this glamorous live performance of his Alien Love Secrets (’95) instrumental, “Tender Surrender.”Happy birthday, Steve! read more
Arsenal reported interest in Odion Ighalo has gone cold after he struggled in the second half of the season, but the Nigeria striker will still not be short of suitors in the summer as West Bromwich Albion have joined the race for his signature.Arsenal was interested in him during the winter window in January, but Ighalo has failed to replicate his electric form from the first half of the season and so the Gunners’ interest has now cooled, according to UK’s Express and Star News.This comes when West Brom has joined the race to sign the Nigeria international in the summer.‘The Baggies’ want to add at least two new striker to their squad for next season and are mulling a move for the Nigerian who’s expected to cost less than £15 million. West Brom wants to buy new forwards in the window to replace Saido Berahino, who will probably be sold, and former Nigeria star Victor Anichebe, whose contract will not be renewed.The 26-year-old Ighalo has scored 17 goals in all competition in his first top-flight season, netting his 15th EPL goal in a 4-2 loss at Norwich City Wednesday night.Watford have reportedly received a £10m bid from an unnamed Qatari club, but Ighalo is keen to remain in the Premier League.He turned down a £300,000-a-week deal in China last summer in order to stay in England, and instead signed a five-year deal at Watford.Ighalo’s current £30,000-a-week deal at Watford is within Albion’s wage budget.Chairman Jeremy Peace met up with Pulis and technical director Nick Hammond at the training ground this week to go over the club’s summer plans.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
while Belfast hosts the Pro12 title match between Glasgow and Munster.Nenaghs Donnacha Ryan, Cashels Paddy Butler are both included in the Munster team to play in the Pro 12 final and along with CJ Stander they form a formidable backrow.Munster’s Conor Murray and Peter O’Mahony have missed out on selection.
Heavy rain brought proceedings to a halt in Paris last night, with the British number one two sets to one down.They’ll start again at 3-3 in the fourth set.After that, world number one Serena Williams plays Lucie Safarova in the women’s final.
Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Six hotels have been reported for undue care and attention when using machinery to remove seaweed from beach areas.In May, the State Committee of Marine Turtles of Quintana Roo reported six hotels to the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) for dangerous practices around nesting points.Lucelly Ramos Montejo, president of the committee, explained that those reports were the first that occurred when hotels began removing seaweed from their beaches.“All hotels are being asked to be very careful about introducing heavy machinery in the beach areas. Verify that there are no nests near or in the area where cleaning is being done.“The guidelines established by Semarnat must be complied with,” she said. “Preferably its done manually.”She noted that of the six cases, two refer to nesting sites located on concessioned beach areas along the southern coast of the municipality of Solidaridad, while the other four are in the central area of Playa del Carmen.“The notifications are being sent to Profepa so that they do the respective thing. We have six cases, along the 88 kilometers of coastline that the municipality has, two hotels to Tulum and the rest in the downtown area,” she added.Hotels began the removal of the seagrass in April, many of which have hired heavy machinery for the removal, a process that can cause damage if not done with care. Ramos Montejo explained that by the end of May, 18 sea turtle nests were already registered in Solidaridad.Municipal protection committees for sea turtle nests extend to other municipalities including Puerto Morelos, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Solidaridad.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) read more