Steve Vai – 4 Degrees Of Separation

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4 Degrees of Steve Vai

Steve Vai - Degrees Of Separation

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Think of musicians associated with iconic guitar athlete Steve Vai.

A few obvious names likely leap to mind: Joe Satriani, Billy Sheehan, Frank Zappa. And of course each one of those names connects to many other famous musicians.

Follow this web of connections outward by several degrees, and things get complicated quickly, especially because Vai has worked with such a variety of musicians–from world-class jazz bassists to Whitesnake.

Did you know that Steve Vai is three degrees away from Barbra Streisand? Four degrees from Duke Ellington? Three degrees from Faith Hill? Five degrees from John Zorn? Two degrees from Cyndi Lauper?


Call up your friends at all hours of the night and day to test their Vai knowledge; say “Hey, betcha can’t connect Steve Vai to James Taylor in three degrees.”

Link them here to prove you were right.

From the Editor:

This obviously isn’t a complete list because nobody has a monitor large enough to handle the chaos that would ensue. We tried to take the most interesting and surprising results from our research. Do you know of another? Let us know!

Credits – there’s a bunch here!
The infographicNotify Design (Justin Floyd)
Research – Nicholas Tozier
The background image – (Hagop Der Hagopian Tlapanco) you’ve really got to see this for yourself in its original form – here
The original photo of Vai that inspired the drawing was taken by Michael Mesker, who was at the time exactly one degree of separation from Vai himself. Good friend of and great guy.

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Nicholas Tozier

Nicholas Tozier is a book hoarder and songbird from the woods of Maine. In 2012 he made a small cameo in Songwriting Without Boundaries by Berklee professor Pat Pattison, and was named one of CDBaby’s top 10 Songwriting Resources to follow on Twitter.

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Matt Blick
11 years ago

Vai played with John Lyndon on an album for PIL so that’s the Sex Pistols

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