Legendary guitarist Steve Vai paid tribute to Ex-Children Of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho. Vai took to social media yesterday to remember Laiho saying:
“So sorry to hear of the passing of Alexi Laiho of CHILDREN OF BODOM. With his band he was part of a powerful movement that ushered in hi octane, intense Metal at its most brutal and beautiful. I had the good fortune of meeting him several times and being a part of this Guitar World story with him. He was always respectful, personable, quiet and unassuming, but then you’d hear him play and you realize that embodied in that delicate frame was a fiercely confident and monstrous guitar commander of the highest order. Rock on young brother.”
Laiho was a huge Steve Vai fan. In a 2005 interview, Laiho said of Vai, “probably like one of my all-time favorite guitar players ever. I mean, he’s the reason why I started playing guitar anyway.”
Laiho passed away in his home last week in Helsinki, stemming from some long term health issues.