It’s not often you get three all-time great guitarists performing together on the same stage, and even more of a rarity when said guitarists call Long Island home. But thanks to some nifty video sleight-of-hand by Carle Place’s own Steve Vai at his homecoming show at The Space at Westbury, he made it happen.
As the cherry on top of an outstanding show, he got to jam with two other members of what I call the Long Island Guitarist Holy Trinity, Westbury’s Joe Satriani and John Petrucci of Dream Theater (from Kings Park).
And, as Vai said, no career retrospective would be complete without a visit from the late, great Frank Zappa.
Which got me to thinking about this esteemed triumvirate of guitarists who are from the Island and have brought us such great music over the years.
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