I remember Steve first from "Yankee Rose", Crossroads, and Whitesnake, but at that time I wasn't exactly "Steve Vai aware".
What really got me into this was a song from White Lion, called "Blue Monday", which is a tribute to SRV, from WL's guitarist Vitto Bratta (whatever happened to him?).
I was so impressed by that song, that I asked a friend of mine (guitar player) if he knew if there is such a thing as instrumental rock. He told me that somebody recommended him a guitarist called Steve Vai, and said: remember the guy that played the national anthem at the MTV baseball game some years ago?
It was 1991, and I went to the store and bought P&W.
I was blown away. Hooked for life.
From Steve I got to other players, like Satriani, Johnson, etc. I have over 200 instrumental rock CDs, and I don't even play the guitar.
It's the only music I have in my car. Almost no radio. Just Vai, and other guitar players, but Vai is always there.
Since P&W, I buy Steve's music the day it is released. I'm always anxious to listen to new Vai music.
Now, I got my brother, wife, kids, and some friends listening to Vai music. It really changed my life. Thanks, Steve!