ROCK HOMEWORK

Critic Steve Pond has apparently been wasting his time watching MTV or reading Robert Hilburn's book ("It's Steve, Not Yngwie, for David Lee," Dec. 8).

Many L.A. rock music fans recognize "relative unknown" Steve Vai as the virtuoso guitarist who's been playing impossible lead parts for Frank Zappa since 1980. You remember "Valley Girl," don't you Steve?

It's ironic that after half a dozen albums of superior but obscure work with critically ignored Zappa, Vai will probably become rich and famous overnight in the company of a strictly commercial rock bozo like David Lee Roth.

Roth fans who want to check out Steve Vai should invest in a couple of Zappa albums. Steve Pond should turn off the TV and do his homework.

GREG VLASEK

Long Beach

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