I just heard a killer version of Steve doing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”…what can you tell me about it?
We often get asked about this track, as well as a few others floating around on filesharing services out there called:
Steve Vai – “Beethoven’s 5th”
Yngwie Malmsteen/Steve Vai “Duet”
Satriani/Vai – “Formula 1”
S – “I don’t ever recall playing ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’, or ‘Beethoven’s 5th.’ I don’t ever recall jamming with Yngwie, and I have never heard of a track that Joe and I properly recorded called ‘Formula 1.’ I think it’s all rumors, mistakes or misnamed things.”
VAI.COM UPDATE: Thanks to the many fans who wrote in helping clear up this confusion. We have heard that “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” is actually performed by Chris Impellitteri, and that “Beethoven’s 5th” is performed by Nuno Bettenbourt (we’ve been unable to confirm this).
The track “Formula 1” is apparently a mis-titled version of “Juice” that appeared in the video game “Formula 1”. A Satriani track also appeared in the game soundtrack – hence the confusion.
As far as Steve’s attitude toward filesharing, read his thoughts below…