Watch Steve Vai Play Guitar with a Hook – in a Captain Hook Costume

We've already seen Steve Vai break new ground in guitar technique this year, and it seems that the virtuoso has now raised the bar once again.

Well... ok, he was just having a bit of fun really, but still, we can't imagine there are too many guitarists out there who could get such musical sounds out of a guitar with a hook for a right hand. 

That, however, is exactly what Vai did when – dressed as Captain Hook – he appeared on Devin Townsend’s "Crappy Halloween Party" stream. On the stream, Vai took a solo during a performance of the Devin Townsend Band’s "Triumph" with the hook attached. I mean, come on!!

Though he ditches the hook after thirty seconds or so in favor of some more traditional Vai-style shredding, he does engage in some fancy swordplay toward the video's end.

You can check out Vai's performance on its own above, and the Devin Townsend Band’s full "Triumph" performance below.

Jackson Maxwell
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Jackson is an Associate Editor at and He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.