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- Posted on Jan 19th 2010 11:07AM by Steve Baltin
It started actually several years ago. "Steve Vai's awesome," she tells Spinner. "I've known him since I was 15. My first support was opening for him at this club in Adelaide, Australia and I was so nervous because it was my first support, let alone opening for one of the best guitar players in the world. I just respect him immensely and look up to him and you never stop learning off guitar players like Steve Vai and Santana -- they're my two favorite guitar players."
She's played with Santana, Prince and more, but there is clearly a special chemistry with Vai, as evident here in the 'Highly Strung' video, where the two trade licks back and forth like a guitar-wielding Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. "Getting to do a song with Steve for the record was just awesome and making a video with him was really cool," she says. "It has a real sort of '80s feel to it and was really simple, but it really focuses on my playing" she adds of the sparse clip that finds the two simply engaging each other back and forth in a white room with a giant amp.
When you're only 24, you've just released your debut album and been seen by millions of fans in a major motion picture playing with one of the most famous musicians of all time, where do you go in terms of collaborations? Orianthi isn't worried about running out of ideas at all. "I would love to do a song or a jam with the Edge," she says. "And also I'd like to do a song with Keith Urban. I think he's a great player." Check out the video for 'Highly Strung' below, as well as an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Orianthi and Steve Vai on the set.