Brazilian/American metallers SEPULTURA were joined by legendary guitarist Steve Vai on stage during their May 9 performance at the Rock In Rio USA festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Asked how it was playing with Vai, SEPULTURA frontman Derrick Green told Natalia Britt of California Rock News (see video below): "This was a complete honor jamming with Steve. He's a legend, and it was magical to see him play and to be able to perform with him together was an experience I never imagined."
He continued: "We have the same management, business smanager, and it was a suggestion from them, so we put it together.
"We've done so many collaborations in the past, so, for us, it just seemed something very natural. And I think for him as well, it was something new and very cool to experience."
SEPULTURA recently recorded a new song called "DarkSide" for the Brazilian publisher DarkSide Books. The track was "inspired by the darker side of literature."
This is not the first time a member of SEPULTURA has collaborated with DarkSide Books. Back in 2013, SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser wrote the foreword to the BLACK SABBATH biography "Destruição Desencadeada".
As previously reported, SEPULTURA will celebrate its 30th anniversary by releasing a special tribute to their fans. The band has asked fans to contribute to the artwork for a new track, and the result is "Sepultura Under My Skin", which will be released on June 5 on colored vinyl. The artwork for this release was created using pictures of tattoos of SEPULTURA fans all over the world.
SEPULTURA is currently headlining a North American tour with support from German thrashers DESTRUCTION and American melodic tech-deathsters ARSIS. The mayhem kicked off in Phoenix, Arizona on May 10 and will end on June 14 in Grand Junction, Colorado.
SEPULTURA's latest album, "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart", sold around 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD came out on October 29, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records.