Concert Review and Slideshow: Steve Vai at House of Blues

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Steve Vai is the hard rock equivalent of a diva. He made that apparent last night at the House of Blues during an extremely flashy two-hour set that featured wardrobe changes and the kind of indulgent soloing you’d normally associate with female singers in the pop and R&B worlds.


Vai, who arrived on stage wearing a wide-brimmed black hat and brightly colored slacks that he said gave him “Prince legs,” admitted the band was playing its fifth show in as many days and confessed he was feeling a bit “slap happy.” That didn’t keep him from shredding away on the three opening numbers from his new album The Story of Light. The flickering strobes only enhanced Vai’s performance, which was the musical equivalent of a high wire act.

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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