GuitaristDavid Smash-whose YouTube moniker is Dovydas, was performinga solo gig at a brewery inBradenton, Florida, one Tuesday night.
Besides the fact that it was a slow night (his audience consisted of five people, everything was going along just fine-until someone threwhima curve balland requested a Steve Vai song. The song in questionis “Tender Surrender,” a track from 1995’sAlien Love Secrets.
We’ll letSmashtake it from here:
“I was doing my live looping improvisation show,” he says. “One lady was cracking jokes in between songs, and then she threw out the most unexpected request I’ve ever received. I usually don’t include audience interactions in my videos, but this was so rare and funny I just had to keep it in.”
Instead of giving up, theSmash scrambled and seriously thought it through; he searched for tabs online and played his own version of the classic Vai tune. You can watch it unfold below; below that, you’ll find a live performance of the song by Vai (for a bit of context). Enjoy!