Vai Gives Young Recording Artist Dream Gig For Hundreds of Fans (Hollywood, CA)

For Derek Day, “3” seems to be his lucky number: He had 3 brothers who gave him a passion for literature and music; at age 13 he watched a video of the G3 CONCERTSteve Vai, Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen — and fell in love with the sound of electric guitar; after his first 3 years as a professional musician in LA, Steve Vai saw a video of Derek on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade and saw a spark of magic that inspired him to say, “This guy has a nice fire in him…he has a powerful charisma…”. Via then invited the wild, young Pop/Rock Derek Day to open for him in concert on 1 of possibly 3 concert dates. So, on Saturday, December 10, 2016, Derek Day gets to do what others only dream of: open for his guitar idol, Steve Vai. Day and Vai will appear in concert at The Complex, 536 West South in Salt Lake City, Utah at 7pm. For more information go to:

The child of honorable working-class parents, Derek Day was born & raised in and around Downtown Los Angeles. His older brothers highly-influenced his “right to rock”: Kenneth is a guitar-hobbyist who fostered Day’s love for Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan; Stanley is a UCLA graduate who majored in literature and taught Day the value of words; Waldemar was the first to teach a 10 year old Day SMOKE ON THE WATER, IRON MAN and BLITZKRIEG BOP. But it was the moment Day begged his brother to teach him the opening guitar lick in Derek & the Dominoes LAYLA that that truly cemented his passion for song. Soon after, Dad gave Day his dream guitar: a Pacifica Yamaha like one one Hendrix played. Day spent hours plugged into a small, hand-me-down Fender amp playing PURPLE HAZE, CROSSROADS and WHITE ROOM — songs he still plays now, busking on Hollywood Blvd and the Third Street Promenade between gigs and tours, to keep his “chops” up and build his fan following….and get discovered by Steve Vai.

In 2014, Day & brother Waldemar formed the Radio Rock band HOT STOP and were signed to Blue Elan Records, but after tours and record sales did not pan out, Day left to pursue his solo career.

January 2016 marked a turning point for Derek Day: music manager Ali Shayestah heard him backing actress and fledgling singer Rachel Fox. Ali booked Derek at the infamous Ultimate Jam Night, produced by Quiet Riot bassist Chuck Wright who immediately noticed Derek’s star quality. Derek is now a weekly, regularly featured artist at the historic Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, sharing the stage with: bassist Paul ILL (Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Pink); bassist Philip Bynoe (Steve Vai, Slash); drummer Brendan Buckley (Shakira); dance music chart topper Debby Holiday; guitarist Scotti Hill (Skid Row); frontman Eric Dover (Jellyfish & Slash’s Snake Pit); drummer Mike Dupke(WASP); keyboardist Michael Klooster (Smashmouth); Johnny Martin (Tracii Guns) among other notables.

It is easy to see why Derek is excited to play with his idol, Steve Vai: Vai’s work has been recognized with a long list of awards, including an even dozen from Guitar Player. The TEC Foundation honored Vai with the prestigious Les Paul Award, created in 1991 to salute those who have set the highest standard of excellence in the creative application of technology (past winners include Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Herbie Hancock and Steely Dan). In bestowing it on Vai, TEC noted, “Steve Vai’s sheer breathtaking facility on the guitar is acclaimed in the rock world and beyond… Vai has dedicated his talents to creatively advance the language of music. While many artists fit easily into a single category, Steve Vai remains unclassifiable. He is a musical alchemist of the highest order.”

Derek Day and Steve Vai will appear in concert at The Complex, 536 West South in Salt Lake City, Utah at 7pm. For more information, go to:


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