One of the most legendary names to ever be associated with the guitar, Steve Vai first stepped into the spotlight in 1980 as a guitarist in Frank Zappa's band. Steve was known by Frank as the “Little Italian Virtuoso” for his ability to sight-read random pieces of music that audience members would bring to shows. Vai went on to play stints with Graham Bonnet and gained immediate rock stardom with The David Lee Roth Band, as he was featured on the band's first two releases. After releasing a solo album and touring with Whitesnake and Alice Cooper, Vai formed his own band in addition to participating in the G3 tours with other great guitarists like Paul Gilbert and Joe Satriani. Vai's playing style has been characterized as quirky and angular, due in large measure to his technical ability and copious knowledge of music theory. His use of the floating vibrato has given him a unique sound that impresses the many musicians that follow his work.