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Steve Vai offers statement on Prince’s death

I spoke with guitarist, singer and songwriter Steve Vai nearly a month ago for the Union Leader‘s Weekend section to preview their Generation Axe — A Night of Guitars concert at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom.

Vai, along with guitarists Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi, will appear at the ballroom on May 7.

But in light of the news that Prince was found dead April 21 at his Paisley Park Studios in Minnesota, and considering Prince’s tremendous impact on other guitarists and the world of music, I reached out to Vai’s representative yesterday to find out how Vai felt about Prince and his legacy.

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Here’s Vai’s statement:

“Deep sadness… Prince, you were extraordinary and we are grateful, but please hurry up back so you can reinvent music once again.”

Watch for my upcoming preview on Generation Axe for Union Leader’s Weekend section.

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Portsmouth’s Lady Lamb finishes tour | New Hampshire

Lady Lamb shows off embroidered fan art in Portsmouth, N.H.

I recently saw indie folk-rock artist Lady Lamb in concert in Portsmouth, N.H., but not before I spoke with her on the phone for N.H. Union Leader. From what I remember, Lady Lamb (Aly Spaltro) was big into her Maine roots, loves her time alone, and has a deep affinity for the universe. Good thing I asked where she was born: The one and only Portsmouth. Read my story in the link:

Portsmouth’s Lady Lamb finishes tour Wednesday | New Hampshire.

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