Guitar Aficionado

Steve Vai Shreds the Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues”

Check out Vai's flashy two-handed tapping on this hard-driving boogie classic.
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By Christopher Scapelliti

YouTube user Jason Bentz just—as in “just yesterday”—uploaded this video of what must be a pretty memorable Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp experience: jamming with shred virtuoso Steve Vai.

The clip, which appears to be from 2013, shows Bentz cutting heads with Vai on the Doors’ classic “Roadhouse Blues.” Bentz holds his own nicely as he and Vai trade licks and embellish this hard-driving boogie with some flashy two-handed tapping. We have no idea who these other musicians are, but let’s just say they all look pretty happy to be sharing the stage with Vai.

And for those keeping track of such things, this past Tuesday, December 8, was the birthday of Doors frontman Jim Morrison. Consider this a late birthday tribute to the late singer.