Steve Vai’s Star Spangled Banner Circa. 1990

Steve Vai - Star Spangled Banner

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Steve Vai - Star Spangled Banner
Steve Vai – Star Spangled Banner

I can’t believe it was twenty-one years ago when I sat there as a kid and watched Steve Vai play this version of the Star Spangled banner for MTV’s “Rock and Jock” Baseball game.

Does anyone else remember when MTV still remembered what the “M” was for? Not only music – but musicianship was respected by the network.

Anyway, I was floored by this performance, and I went out an bought Passion and Warfare a few months later.

Here’s a great video of that very performance to celebrate the 4th of July with – and if you watch close you’ll see lots of familiar faces in there all dressed up and ready to play baseball.

How American.

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Tim Monaghan

Tim has been playing guitar & bass since he was 12 years old and has been in Jazz, funk, rock & metal bands. Influences include Jeff Beck, Stanley Clarke, Doug Stegmeyer, Baden Powell, Steve Vai, and pretty much anyone else who has a unique style that expresses their individuality. One of Tim’s many hobbies is building, tweaking, and repairing basses and guitars.

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Ben Cox
11 years ago

The reactions of the players and the crowd are pure gold….especially the girl at 1:21…

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