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spanky0526 Fri Oct 17 '03
Chronicle Pavilion
Concord, CA, US
Rank: 7 Posted:
Sat May 29 '04
9:18 am
It seemed like the whole band didnt have it all toghether that night but still a awesome show.

alphie
(Althea Mike)
Fri Oct 17 '03
Chronicle Pavilion
Concord, CA, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Mon Apr 26 '04
12:48 pm
awesome show as always, enjoyed it very much-thank you

broboyd
(Dana Boyd)
Fri Oct 17 '03
Chronicle Pavilion
Concord, CA, US
Rank: 8 Posted:
Sat Dec 27 '03
9:52 pm
Joe and Steve Vai were pretty awesome. Yngwie pretty much got old after the 3rd solo. Technically impressive but no feeling at all. He ruined the classic blues song "Red House". When they all played together, you could barely hear anything because it was so loud. When Neal Schon came on stage, he was impossible to hear. Other than that, it was a great show.

Mando Fri Oct 17 '03
Chronicle Pavilion
Concord, CA, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Sun Nov 30 '03
10:28 pm
I Can't put put my opinion of this concert into words, no words can describe it. This concert was the best thing I have ever experienced in my life, I'm not kidding. I was very fortunate to be there because it was a life altering experience. Those of you who were there know what I'm talking about. It has been several weeks since the concert, yet I still can't stop thinking about it, and I don't want to stop thinking about it! I would give just about anything to make it to the rest of the concerts, they are something that everyone should whitness. At this concert in perticular, Joe, Vai, and Malmsteen kicked butt, BIGTIME! They were amazing and by the look on the faces of everyone else in the crowd, I'd say everyone there would agree with me. The only way this concert could have been better would be if it hadn't ended. I, along with all of my friends, would definitely purchase a video of this concert if it were ever made(hint, hint) and we would be the first ones at the box office to purchase tickets if they ever played around here again! GO CHECK OUT A G3 CONCERT NEAR YOU!!!!!!!!!

DS212
(Christopher Jett)
Fri Oct 17 '03
Chronicle Pavilion
Concord, CA, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Mon Nov 17 '03
11:28 pm
Always the best! Keep comming back!

RSVampire
(Ryan Saldivar)
Fri Oct 17 '03
Chronicle Pavilion
Concord, CA, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Tue Nov 04 '03
9:11 pm
freaking awsome! Joe's tone with his new Peavy was just incredable! I loved it. Vai was really a treat as well with Billy Sheehan and Tony Mac Alpine. Malmsteen was great too! Yngwie who? Yngwie Fucking Malmsteen that's who!! By far the best show ever! Even though the monitors blew up... :)

Cuda12
(Joe Perrin)
Fri Oct 17 '03
Chronicle Pavilion
Concord, CA, US
Rank: 9 Posted:
Mon Oct 27 '03
6:58 pm
Being an avid fan of both Joe and Steve for so many years I cant decide where to start. I taught the high school tennis team this year and fortunately I had two of my students with me who had expressed desire to learn to play. "Thx to their moms and dads :)" Once they told me that and I knew the G3 show was upcoming I immediately got them both tickets, and lent them my collection so they would be familiar with some of the tunes played that evening. It was funny when Michelle would turn to me and say, "I know that song"! Hehehe! Erika, (God bless her heart) did not sit down the entire show. After, she confessed to me that the reason for her standing was... she did not want the artist to think she did not like their playing :) LOL! Michelle and Erika expressed sincere appreciation for my taking them and that they are HUGE Joe and Steve fans now. Yngwie, great in his own right, great in his own time, a lil out of place in my opinion, a lil too repetitive, and the 80's act, (twirling guitar, pick kicking), got old quick, but then thats my opinion and I'm sure many in attendence enjoyed his show more so than I. Steve, well what more can be said? The opening song was riviting, awe-inspiring, and left me with my mouth gaping wide open, so much my wife had to step on my tounge to get it back in :). It moved me and the girls were speechless. I thought Steves set ruled the night and I was even more so pleasantly surprised to see Tony McAlpine and Billy Sheehan, two outstanding artists in their own rights. Steves sets were fluid and graceful, everyone playing as one and the music certainly reflected that fact. Thank you STEVE! Joe? Joe is Joe! The badest shredder on the planet without a doubt, however I must agree with the other posts above his set was just not long enough :). When I go to see Joe I like to see Joe for hours, knowing he had to share the stage I knew it would be a short set but for some reason it felt shorter than the last G3 show but.... eithewr way I'm fortunate to have been in attendence and it wont be my last show to see Joe. In fact this is my 16th time seeing Joe live :) Cant wait for the 17th... Thank you Joe for bringing together so much talent under one roof, for bringing your inspiration and magic to the stage and to two new fans of yours, for remaining humble under all your successes, and for giving me a reason to jump into my new Avalanche, crank up the Rockford's and drive for like weeks at a time with no destination in mind :) BTW, Jeff lives but a few blocks from me, one day I hope to gain enough courage to wander over and ask em for a Joe pick, just one... and we do trick or treat at Jeff's house every year, another solid citizen and great being, thx Jeff :)

Bahumit 12
(Michael Phariss)
Fri Oct 17 '03
Chronicle Pavilion
Concord, CA, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Mon Oct 27 '03
8:19 am
There are no words in the English Language that can describe this show. It was my very first G3 Concert and it amazing. Yngwie is one helluva fast guitar shredder. The sound coming out of HUGE Marshall stack (10 heads and 10 cabs) was deafening. I have never heard his music before and I thouroughly enjoyed his set. When Vai came on stage with the 3 neck Jem (12 string, 6 string, 6 string fretless) I knew I was in for something amazing. THe song he played was so magical I was just lost. He played the 6 string and hit the 12 string which made this chourus of violins and sythesizers sound sort of like a bridge rise. He then used a pedal to record the melody he played on the six string and started playing on the other necks. He then did this jam with his other band members where they took center stage and began fretting eachothers necks. HIs drummer and bass player kicked ass!! The song that did it for me was Whispering A Prayer ( I just found out the name of the song). It was one of the few times in my life that I wanted to cry. It was so beautiful. You could see it in everyones eyes as he played. The audience was just entranced. I turned to my wife at that moment and told her that's why I wanted to learn to play guitar. Vai's set was so inspiring. Watching him play is like watching David Copperfield or the street magician Blaine: MAGICAL. Joe was amazing and I enjoyed being able to hear Midnight and Power Cosmic, a tune he originally recorded for Guitar Magazine back in the early 80's. The Jam was cool and I was happy that I got to see Neil Schon on stage for the first time in my life. He's one of my favorite guitarists. For me, this show gets a 10!! Thanks guys, you entertained me and made me want to play guitar even more than ever!!

kevinkarr
(kevin karr)
Fri Oct 17 '03
Chronicle Pavilion
Concord, CA, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Tue Oct 21 '03
6:35 pm

Well here goes nothing…

Saw the great show at the Chronicle Pavilion. Man, was that a tight show. Everyone was on their game that night. Yngwie started off the show. I thought that he did a great job playing. A little loud in some senses, but some people play in different volumes than others and I cannot say anything bad. I thought it was pretty funny. I was up at the front of the show taking pictures and there must have been 1000 guitar picks that Yngwie sent out into the crowd. I think that is cool. It is sort of a giving back in some sense. I think though that at least 100 of them had bounced off my head while trying to get shots off. Then came Steve Vai!!!! What a great performance overall. The three-necked guitar was really a neat thing to see. The whole band was excellent. I have never seen that many caliper of players on once stage before in my life. Billy Sheehan on bass, Tony Macalpine on Keys/Guitar, Steve on Guitar. The new drummer that steve has is great. Sure played a lot of off-time and just kept the drumming going strong all night. And the other guitar player that he had in his band as well was really good too. When they would all trade off on playing the necks of each others guitars, just about made me jump for joy.

Now on to the man……

Joe Satriani. What more can I say than just "The Best". The best guitarist, the best rythem section, the melody of strings. I have seen Joe as many as 10 times if not more. And everytime that I see him play, he never seeces to amaze me with his playing. Jeff Campitelli played drums like he was a machine driven alien from another planet. Probably the same planet that Joe is from. You have to be an alien to play that good. Matt Bissionette is a talent on his own as well. He just sits back and plays his heart out. The photos of his kids on his bass made it probably more special to him. The road must be hard to be away for that long. I look forward to more shows in the Bay Area.

I had the honor of meeting Joe for the first time last year. His attitude towards the fans is the same attitude that his music has. Humble. He was one of the nicest musicians besides Mr. Campitelli that I have met in a long time. It is people like this that I would pay top dollar to see any day.

So thanks for a great G3 tour, and I look forward to seeing the show the next time around.

jratcat Fri Oct 17 '03
Chronicle Pavilion
Concord, CA, US
Rank: 6 Posted:
Mon Oct 20 '03
11:46 am
Yngwie still shreds, steve's set smoked, Joe's mix was bad, but he played great. Other than the sound problems the only thing missing was Stu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

g3mike
(michael coughlin)
Fri Oct 17 '03
Chronicle Pavilion
Concord, CA, US
Rank: 7 Posted:
Mon Oct 20 '03
10:05 am

Good show, Neil Schon was a nice treat, once they got the sound worked out.

For all the Yngwie bashers...he's trying to give a ROCK show, why abuse him for trying to get the crowd fired up. He's trying to get some life outta you posers who before the 1st note are trying to find things wrong with his set. And why must we hear about his weight ? Were you hoping to sleep with him after the show ? That said, his set was kinda weak, too many solos without song structure...why not take this opportunity to pull out more of the instrumentals from the 1st record he never plays anymore...splitting hairs, he's still a master.

I'm always disappointed in the set lengths, why won't Vai do a full tour with Billy & Tony ? No Shy Boy or Attitude song ?

Joe did an excellent piece before the potatohead...kinda a solo piece that had the ideas that eventually became the groove thing. EXCELLENT !!!!!!! didn't play it in LA...

Inspired18
(Brandon Burris)
Fri Oct 17 '03
Chronicle Pavilion
Concord, CA, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Sun Oct 19 '03
2:43 pm
The night started terribly for me. There were problems with the box office and they refused to give me my tickets. I finally got in by a lady working there just giving me some for $8. I took my girlfriend who has only seen Joe once and was really excited. The night got better when I received my aftershow passes. I was so ready to rock. Yngwie is always a blast to watch. His guitar playing still blows me away. I'm a huge Yngwie fan so I loved it no matter what else anybody says. My girlfriend was mesmorized. It's too bad I missed half of Yngwies set because of the ticket situation. He also looked much more sober than at the Reno Hilton show. Then Vai came out and just ruled ass! I've heard the Whispering a Prayer song so many times, but both times I've seen him play it, I get teary eyed. Everything comes together so nicely when he hits the octave above towards the end of the song. I was really glad when he played The Reaper and Get the Hell Out of Here. My girlfriend was excited because she recognized them from Bill and Ted and Encino Man. Then Joe came on...I was speechless. This was my fourth time seeing him and his setlist just couldn't be any more perfect. I don't remember the order but Flying in a Blue Dream, Summer Song, Always With Me..., Starry Night, Potato.., Crushing Day, his old project that he played a little bit of was incredible, and Midnight (which is my all time favorite and was so happy that he played it!). He is always the best. The Jam was alot better this time. Instead of Yngwie cutting off everybody with the soloing, he would stop if he started to interrupt. It was good to see. It was kind of funny that the monitors blew up and when Billy came out, they started playing Journey! It's a shame that they didn't finish it. I heard Joe say, "No way, I'm not singing this one." Journey rules. We finally got into the aftershow area and I didn't think there would be so many people. Steve always seems in a hurry to get out but I still got an autograph and a picture. I felt bad for Steve. He was visiting with friends and family and people would have the nerve to interrupt him for an autograph. I mean give the guy a break for 10 minutes. Joe is the coolest guy. He acts just like a regular guy and is extremely greatful to his fans. I had a few old magzines for him to sign, and he was cool enough to sign everything! I wish I brought more. I got a picture with him too. Yngwie I guess ducked out extremely early, but oh well. On my way out, I asked Joe for a pick, but he didn't have any, but while I was walking away, I found one on the ground! Now I have the complete G3'03 pick collection. I have the biggest respect for all three, but I think Joe won the show. Thanks for the best show I've ever seen.

Melbourne Fri Oct 17 '03
Chronicle Pavilion
Concord, CA, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Sun Oct 19 '03
2:11 pm
This is my third time seeing/hearing Joe play and I was not disappointed. The only thing that could have made it better was for Joe to have played a longer set. All three guitarists were wonderful in very different ways: Malmsteen with his technical style, Vai with his sensitivity, and Joe with that pure white light energy that I have yet to experience anywhere else. All three bands were great ! Thanks guys for sharing.

990racer
(Sal DeRenzi)
Fri Oct 17 '03
Chronicle Pavilion
Concord, CA, US
Rank: 7 Posted:
Sun Oct 19 '03
1:16 pm
I'm writing this review under my boyfriends email. We love you Joe! We were at the pavillion but we were also at the B R Coen winery a few weeks ago and the atmophere and interaction with the performers was best at the winery. Remember you said Hi to Mario as my boyfriend held up his telephone. Mario appreciated that and so did we. Honestly I only know you because my boyfriend and his 6 year old son are always playing your music. I know all your songs now and enjoy them emensly. My first experience with Malmsteen was at the pavillion, I don't really know enough to comment but oh well here it goes, I heard some classical music in his tunes and that was good, but oh my is he ever so obnoxious, really I would never want to meet him. I mean you and Steve know you are good but he thinks he thinks hes the whole show. My boyfriend thought he was very reputitious playing scales in fast forward. I felt he treated Neil Schon like he was above him and sort of above you guys too. That was a little disappointing. Like I said I really dont know enough and I know a lot of people there were there for him. We went to the pavillion so my boyfriends 6 year old could see you and did he ever learn a lot. His expression while playing now mimicks all three of you. It was worth it for that but we will know watch for you playing at winerys or The House of Blues in Las Vegas.

Get a loaf
(Marshall Benson)
Fri Oct 17 '03
Chronicle Pavilion
Concord, CA, US
Rank: 6 Posted:
Sat Oct 18 '03
3:43 pm

Yngwie was absolutely terrible. my friend and i counted over 30 picks thrown into the crowd (not including the jam), all the while doing fucking wrestling moves on his guitar. every song in his set had the same drum beat (his drummer was terrible), the same bass notes in the same key and same scale. same arpeggios, same unimpressive runs over and over. the guitar twirling got old real fast. his playing made me want to get up and leave. i almost did. i almost threw up when i heard Yngwie playing minor arpeggios during his version of red house. i'm terribly sorry for everyone who had to see that.

Steve Vai was awesome, I have never seen him play so well. his improvisation in the beginning was amazing, and his band had my jaw on the floor throughout the set. the reaper kicked ass, everyone's tone was great. i really think vai stole the show.

As for Joe, well, i've never heard his tone this good. the whole band sounded awesome, this is the best i have ever heard them. the mix down was perfect, really professional. BUT, joe did not seem into it. i'll probably get flamed for that, but i have seen joe lots of times, and this time just wasn't the same. he sounded great, but it seemed like he was just going through the motions. i wasn't feeling it.

The jam sucked. Yngwie soloed WHILE joe was singing, and while other people were soloing. talk about no musical etiquette. it was terrible. at times yngwie would just walk off stage, and he would be swinging his guitar around, trying to upstage everyone else while they were soloing. it just got plain obnoxious. it was a mistake to have him on the tour, and i think joe knows it judging from his face while yngwie soloed. but, it was very cool seeing joe jam with steve, if you could forget about yngwie. their chemistry is something you witness, you don't see it.

the pavilion had some sound troubles. there were problems with the stage monitors, and neil schon's amp and the voice mics. by the time the 4th jam song was on, they had it all figured out.

the show would have been awesome without yngwie, an 8 or 9 for sure. why doesn't vai do more solo tours in the US?

coolnnine
(mark fielding)
Fri Oct 17 '03
Chronicle Pavilion
Concord, CA, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Sat Oct 18 '03
2:47 pm
Has anyone out there been to MOMA in SF? Tell me if anything you saw there rivaled Vai's performance last night!!!

MehYam Fri Oct 17 '03
Chronicle Pavilion
Concord, CA, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Sat Oct 18 '03
12:09 pm

WOW, what a show! I've seen Satch twice before this, but this G3 has been my favorite Satch experience. Plus, I won the aftershow passes and got to meet Joe and Steve (and got them to sign the backplates of my JS and JEM - WOOT!). There were too many highlights and suprises to even remember, but I'll list some of them here:

1) Say what you want about Yngwie's style (and there were a few in the crowd who were put off), his technique kicked total ass. He was an 80's god up there! It was a lot of fun

2) Yngwie noodling on a nylon string for a minute. Dunno what the song was, but it was nice

3) Yngwie doing that volume swell thing

4) Vai - wow, what a showman! Very classy, expressive, and energetic performance. He is one with the guitar. He started with his three-neck Jem, which was tuned to open chords. I tried to talk to him after the show about what the chords were, but I had marbles in my mouth! He handled it well ;)

5) The "in the round" part with Tony, Dave, and Billy - classic!!!

6) Satch - a short but great set. My new live favorite is "Flying", and it was nice to hear "Circles" again. The part where he sat on a stool and riffed out the Power Cosmic thing was neato. I would have liked to hear more new stuff, but again, the set was short

7) The Jam - Vai doing "Little Wing" - that was awesome

8) Satch & Vai - handling it very well when Yngwie overplayed! Satch really seemed to dig Yngwie's playing. There was a part where Yngwie was riffing to hell, then suddenly stopped and pointed to Joe, as if to say "okay, you go" - Joe just shakes his head and seems to word out "no way, not after that"... ha!

9) Voodoo Chile - in spite of the technical problems with the mikes and monitors, there was some nice riffing. Yngwie can play slowly and tastefully *really nicely*

10) "Rocking in the free World" - Neil Young was a great choice

11) I mentioned meeting Steve already - meeting Joe was great, he was especially nice and inviting, seemed very eager to say hi.

Thanks guys, for putting on a fantastic show.

Wanna Be Guitar Player Fri Oct 17 '03
Chronicle Pavilion
Concord, CA, US
Rank: 8 Posted:
Sat Oct 18 '03
1:26 am

Well, I just got home from the show and I guess I'm compelled to share a few words. First of all, I take my hat off to show my appreciation for the massive amount of talent displayed by all three guitarists.

Yngwie was first to play and was very fun to watch. His speed is incredible, but frankly its so fast that when he plays you miss a lot of the artistic value in some of his songs in my opinion. Personally, I feel like there's a point of diminishing returns when it comes to speed. It's really great and fun to see someone play fast, but after a while of hearing fast, fast, fast, to the point of a lack of expression in the playing, everything just starts to sound empty. Don't get me wrong, I think there are moments when Yngwie displays a good dose of expression, but a lot of times throughout the set, things start to sound repetitive and somewhat stale, even though he plays so well. I would really like to see Yngwie come up with some diversity in how he expresses himself musically. I just felt as though there was a ton of aggression and anger, and a lack of sensitivity. Of course this is just my opinion and taste, so maybe others aren't concerned with those types of things.

Second on stage was Steve Vai. WOW! I am being completely honest when I say that Steve put on the best under 1 hour set by a guitarist I have ever heard before. I think Steve is better right now than he's ever been in his career. When his set was over he received a standing ovation by the entire audience and no one else received that kind of response. His showmanship and ability to lure you in to feeling his music through your entire body was amazing. Let's put it this way, he dedicated a song to his aunt and uncle and during the tune, my wife was crying. If that isn't feeling and expression I don't know what is. Steve was simply a joy to watch. I'd happily pay to see him again.

Finally Joe came out. Let me state that of all the guitarists, Joe is my personal favorite. That being said, I was somewhat disapointed with the performance. Joe played just fine and well, but the keyboards weren't there. I think that significantly changed the sound of all the songs. I don't expect everything to sound like the recording studio, but there's no doubt that the lack of keyboards changed things enough to make the sound a little below par. I was so happy to watch Joe play it wasn't that big of a deal, but dang I think Steve Vai has kind of stolen the show for this tour.

In the end, all the guitarists came back out for what I thought was a very anti-climatic end. They played I think 3 songs total together and aside from a few technical difficulties, Yngwie was a frigin solo hog to say the least. He seems really arrogant to me, and somehow I sense that from the other guitarists. Joe was a class act throughout the whole ending being patient sitting on the rhythms while Yngwie tried his best to drown out Steve during most of his attempts to solo. There were a few times during the ending that Yngwie took off his guitar, handed it to the roadie (probably tune it or something), and took a big drink of whatever. All this while the spotlight was still on him, the song was continuing to play, and the other guitarists were playing. Folks, that seems so disrespectful to me. It's bad for the people watching and if I were on stage playing guitar and he walked off like that, I would be kind of pissed about it. My guess based on body language from everyone is that's probably the case.

All in all, the show was very entertaining but certainly could have been better by Yngwie (with a toned down ego and more expression in his playing) and Joe (with the keyboards in the band). I have to give Steve Vai a perfect 10 on this one. His playing was fantastic, the showmanship was excellent, and the supporting band was freaking bursting with huge talent.

Thanks so much for putting on the show guys! My wife and I were happy to attend.

orz
Fri Oct 17 '03
Chronicle Pavilion
Concord, CA, US
Rank: 8 Posted:
Sat Oct 18 '03
12:24 pm

WOW! What a fantastic show. The finale was awesome and I left with my head buzzing. The acoustics where bohtersome and some problems with Yngwie's mic. Oh well. The thing that was really a piss off were the damn lights shining directly into my eyes. I couldn't see the stage sometimes. Overall I still loved it. I took a girlfriend that had never seen any of them play. She was astounded. Her major observation ... the musicians played for the love of the crowd and were not in it just for the $$$$. I told her ... welcome to Joe's world.

peace, --orz


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