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Does Steve ever pop into the chat room on his site?
– Jon Warden

Yes, both Steve & Rich visit the chat room on from time to time. (Steve uses the name SSV, Rich usually uses rpike)

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I know this is old news, but whatever happened to the novel that Steve planned to write in conjunction with “Passion and Warfare”?
– Jason Middleton

Steve got about halfway done with it while on tour with Whitesnake in 1990, but we all know how insanely busy Steve keeps himself, so the book eventually was put on the shelf while he toured with Whitesnake, produced Bad4Good, and wrote & recorded ‘Sex & Religion’. Much of the P&W novel actually went on to become the basis for much of the Fire Coma script, which was the inspiration for ‘Fire Garden’. Also, Steve has written several stories based on songs from ‘Fire Garden’, click here if you’d like to check them out!

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I would like more information about the Make A Noise Foundation. I play guitar and wanted to go to MIT [school] but can’t afford to move, much less go to school. I’m teaching myself without much progress.
– Steven Stanford

Information about the Make A Noise Foundation can be found HERE. The nonprofit charitable organization was started by Steve Vai & Richard Pike, and while still in the very early developmental stages, should be up and running very soon. Our goal is to help underprivileged young people who want to play music, and to keep music programs in schools where budget cuts threaten any kind of music education or there are not enough instruments, etc. Our direction is very focused however, and we want to help those who need the help most desperately. Many of the people we will help will be located through schools, etc.

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I need to know if Steve won the Grammy Award for his performance of “For The Love Of God” on the G3 CD….and the answer has got to be yes, because any other is unacceptable to this die-hard fan of the master…peace,
– Jan

The award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance was given to The Chemical Brothers. Other nominees included Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson and Robben Ford. Steve won the Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1994 for “Sofa”, from Zappa’s Universe. In Steve’s words, “Oh well. Better luck next life”.

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Will Steve be coming to Australia on the third G3 tour?
– Mann Family

As far as we know, there are no plans yet for an Australian G3 tour. The most recent G3 Tour (2001) featured Steve, Jon Petrucci and Joe Satriani. You can check out photos here.

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For which movie did Steve record the song “Amazing Grace”? Any other singles on soundtracks? As a proud student of Vaiology, I thank you for the years of inspiration and beg you for more!

– Cj

“Amazing Grace” appears on the “DUDES” original motion picture soundtrack, which was released on MCA Records in the mid 80’s and is now out of print. The song also appears in the movie, albeit a very edited version. Other songs that appeared only on soundtracks include “The Reaper” and “The Reaper Rap” (Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey), “Get The Hell Out Of Here” (Encino Man), and “Now We Run” (PCU). Steve has compiled all his sondtrack music together in one release: The Elusive Light and Sound, Vol. 1. This release was previously only available in the Secret Jewel Box from Light Without Heat, but is now available in Stores on the Favored Nations label.

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I’m building a studio. Can you tell me the name of the author of “The Audio Cyclopedia”? Thanks a lot.
– Arturo

The full title is actually “Handbook For Sound Engineers: The New Audio Encyclopedia” by Glen M. Ballou. It ‘s available from for $115.