STEVE VAI - Taming The Wild Things Page 4
by Greg Pratt

Sounds like the wise words of a man content with his career, content with his life. And considering where he's at—where's he's been—he should be. And, did we mention he's a beekeeper in his spare time?

"Well, it's not like I'm a commercial beekeeper; it's a hobby," he says. "I like it because it doesn't take much time and it's an opportunity for me to be by myself and get really close to nature. Bees are fascinating creatures; they have a phenomenal social infrastructure. It takes a couple of hours a month to go in and check the hives. And we get tons and tons of honey; we have a little honey harvest party once a year."

And in closing, we've got the scoop for you Vai nuts in regards to what the man is up to next. Sounds like he's going to be keeping busy, as always.

"It's been so long since I've released a new product," he says. "I'm going to start releasing one song a month digitally only. It's called VaiTunes (laughs). Then I'm going to start working on a new studio record and I've got some cool ideas for the recording and the filming, a very unique filming of a new DVD and a new record. So I'm looking forward to that. I'd like to use this band; I don't know if we can because of peoples' schedules, but if I can, I certainly will. I'm going to be doing a tremendous amount of touring next year; I'll probably do a sweep of the world twice. I'm really looking forward to it. I love getting out there and playing. It's been too long."