Exclusive Interview with Alex DePue (Part 3)
Where The Wild Things Are was a hugely successful DVD and captures outstanding performances from the band. Were there any challenges you came across on that tour?
AD: In Europe, the electric outlets are quite different. That sucked! I should take a moment to mention my colleague, Ann Marie Calhoun, who is a very gifted violinist. She was an absolute delight to work with as well and we enjoyed many "sectionals" (this was our little inside joke because the word itself sounds only a bit suggestive!) where just she and I would leave the rest of the band, the rhythm section, if you will... and practice our violin parts in a different room.
She is a nice person in its truest form. Ann Marie Calhoun was able to put up with me... and that says a LOT already! But, even more... she also demonstrated the kind of patience with her own self as a musician which is rare to find. Dedicated to excellence, she really stepped up her game to achieve the end result we can all enjoy today on the DVD, "Steve Vai Live! in Minneapolis: Where the Wild Things Are". Ann Marie Calhoun has not once uttered a foul word in all of her life. Not even "dammit". How's that for pure?