Steve Vai’s Stolen Guitar Has Been Found
Apparently, someone thought better of stealing a signature guitar belonging to Steve Vai. Roughly a week after it disappeared from the loading area before a benefit show, Vai's mirrored JEM Ibanez axe – nicknamed "Bo" – has been returned.
The instrument was "found left in the bushes at the gate on Steve's property," Vai's management said, via Facebook. "We do not have any more details on how it got there and will perhaps forever remain a mystery."
Vai was set to perform on Dec. 12 at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles when the theft occurred. As the news spread, a reward was offered – even as outrage over the timing of this mishap grew. Vai was joining Zakk Wylde, Billy Sheehan, Derek Sherinian, Mike Portnoy and John 5 for a concert meant to financially aid the ailing Tony MacAlpine.
"The entire Vai camp is grateful for all the amazing outpouring of support we have seen regarding this issue over the last week," the guitarist's management added. "'Bo' is now ready for 2016, and all the notes she will once again be singing from Steve’s fingers and soul."
Sheehan, John 5 and Vai are all former members of David Lee Roth's band. MacAlpine, who is fighting colon cancer, has previously worked in bands with Vai, Sherinian Portnoy and Sheehan. His wife was also diagnosed with breast cancer last summer.
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