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Song of Hope
(Gerry Falvo)
Mon Oct 11 '04
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Clearwater, FL, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Sun Jan 23 '05
5:52 am

This was the one and only time (so far) I've seen Joe perform. He was flawless! Not that I was waiting for a mistake but if there was one I didn't notice. Joe and the band were one of (if not the) best performances I've ever heard. I knew he was a fabulous guitarist from listening to his recordings but to hear and see him do the things he does on stage is beyond words super spectacular. From the very first notes I heard played in the dark as Joe took the stage until the last chord I was in "Guitar Heaven". Joe is definiately one of the greatest guitarists, performers and songwriters ever. I'm really not one to compare and rank but Joe is really exceptional. In my opinion there may be guitarists as good as Joe but none better. (A few I can think of that can keep up with Joe are Phil Keaggy, Eric Johnson and Steve Vai.) I will be watching Joe's schedule so I can see him the next time he comes to my area.

Until then, keep on writing and playing, Joe, for you get better every year.

Song of Hope

infractus Mon Oct 11 '04
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Clearwater, FL, US
Rank: 9 Posted:
Sat Oct 23 '04
6:52 am
Simply. Amazing. I'd been waiting to attend this concert all day (spent an excrutiating 6 or so hours in classes, waiting to get out, get on the road). The atmosphere was considerably different than when I saw the G3 last year. Felt a bit more personal. Incredible sound from Ruth Eckerd, as always - though it seemed as though they forgot to kick up the bass a bit. It caught on in the middle of the song or the next, or something.. and I did something that was a sort of first for me... Earplugs! Not the type that filter out sound altogether, but yield 25 decibles less than one would normally absorb. I could actually hear *more.* Sat a few rows more toward the back of the auditorium, but that's the way it goes when you wait until the last minute to grab tickets. I was a bit surprised to see the venue hadn't sold out, but Monday nights are odd nights for concerts. Anyway - great setlist. Some old, some new - though I was anticipating Joe playing "The Souls of Distortion." I don't know as it would've worked into the set. The set he had flowed quite nicely. Sure, he didn't play some old favorites, but gave us a taste of the rest of the Satch Song Spectrum. That was worth more than I can say.. yeah, Raspberry Jam Delta-V is a killer song done live, and I saw it a few G3's ago.. but, I think seeing some of his songs live has given me more an appreciation for them.

DragonHorror
(John Raab)
Mon Oct 11 '04
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Clearwater, FL, US
Rank: 8 Posted:
Mon Oct 18 '04
10:54 am
Joe was Joe. He sounded great and played with the passion you have come to love. I brought my daughters, 12 and 7 and they were a little disappointed because they didn't hear some of their favorites. He didn't play Satch Boogie, I Believe or The Extremist. Those songs are staples of his career and I think he might have missed the boat a little in not playing them. Overall his performance was awesome. He did reach way back into the bag of tricks and brought out some great songs.

flakey
(john brookfield)
Mon Oct 11 '04
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Clearwater, FL, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Fri Oct 15 '04
7:14 pm
Heres my 2 cents. Been to the last 5 shows, ( Including the G3's,) And I enjoyed this one most of all. The old with the new, And the way he made a point to constantly talk to the audience. That gave it the most personal touch. Dont know if it was where I was,( row N, kinda left of center), but as good as Matt is, I really had to watch what he was doing, because I could hardly hear him. When it comes to bass, It goes without saying, you want to feel it in your chest. Soundman,, TURN MATT UP!!! Was a real treat,, will never forget.. Had me worried though, Until I saw Galen's accoustic , Thought I wouldn't hear Flying In A Blue Dream. I'm happy now. I could never understand why such a great showman almost my age can go like that without breaking a bead of sweat. Aliens dont sweat, do they? Could He be the surfer? Had to come back to add my choice for G3 next year. Gotta be Joe. Vai,, And this time,, Please,, Steve Morse!!!! Also,, sure hope theres a double DVD of this tour. Gotta havit.

idiot0406
(Tom Adcock)
Mon Oct 11 '04
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Clearwater, FL, US
Rank: 9 Posted:
Tue Oct 12 '04
7:59 pm

Satch played flawless as usual, the man delivers precise guitar playing every time I see him. My seat was in the second row, stage left. The only problems with the sound were because of my location. I was basically in front of Galen and Matt's amps. Matt's sound was smooth, but Galen sounded twangy and loud (again this was because of my location). It was kind of like I was sitting in with them in a jam room, because most of the PA sound I could not here. But overall I can't complain, because Satch's tone and playing were perfect. The setlist was unlike anything I've seen him play. I enjoyed the entire show. The opening act was very good. One man and a fretless. I don't remeber his name, but he was very good. He also had a good sense of humor, stating that he couldn't even tell that 4 hurricanes went through Florida recently, and that Floridians are resilliant and he commended our 'balls'. He also saw a dead alligator in the road, and said any state that has alligators as road kill is pretty cool ;-)

After the show I met Satch at the meet n greet. The guy was so laid back and friendly. I was not nervous at all meeting him, because his attitude made everyone in the room feel comfortable and relaxed. He shared stories with people and answered all questions. The story that sticks out in my mind is what the deal is with the hat he always wears. Apparently some ladies in Alabama hand make these hats from scraps and pieces of material. They then say some prayers over them, and sell them.

The bottom line: The show is a must see. If your lucky enough to meet him, you'll find that he enjoys and appreciates his fans. His attitude will make you feel like you've met him before.

Some pics of the evening are here: http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/bmwmocfwebmaster/my_photos This is pretty much the entire 1st set. The ushers at Ruth Eckerd Hall started telling everyone "No more pictures!" They were pissed, so I took the camera back to the car during the intermission. I'll post more pics later so check back :-)

Cool_ice9
(Eric Impastato)
Mon Oct 11 '04
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Clearwater, FL, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Tue Oct 12 '04
2:51 pm
As usual, The show was phenomenal! This was the 8th time seeing Joe if my memory serves me correctly. This was by far one of the best if not the best show so far. I think the reason is this: This time around, Joe included a few very old tunes, some tunes he never played live as well as the new stuff. It was a well rounded show lasting right at 3 hours. He had some real rocking stuff, bluesy stuff, mellow stuff and usal standards. The whole show was just a pleasure to listen to as well as watch. I am never disappointed when I see Joe live. I may need to plan a road trip to check out other venues around the country. Peace out everyone!!

kosmo
(robert mcgowan)
Mon Oct 11 '04
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Clearwater, FL, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Tue Oct 12 '04
1:51 pm
I saw Joe last night for my 8th time.Everytime Ive seen him perform he has blown me away.However,this show was above all others.Satch has to be the most amazing musician I have ever seen.Words don't describe the talent of this man.The set list was incredible.Hordes Of Locust & Scream were incredible.Joe seemed to be more focused than the past tours Ive seen with G3.Maybe sharing the stage with fellow greats tends to make him back off a little.Joe's sound was awesome but I have to agree with the other review here,the other musicians were tinny & a bit muddy on bass at times and during the encore there was some annoying feedback coming from Hensons amp.I do miss Stu on bass,he seems to be the perfect bassist for Joe.But overall an incredible experience & as I said the set list was great.One note to anyone going to future shows,,,Don't show up late.Joe hit the stage at 8:00 p.m. sharp,he plays for about an hour, takes about a 15 minute intermission,then jams for another hour & a half followed by a 3 song encore.Show ends around 11:00..GREAT SHOW JOE!!!

floydster49 Mon Oct 11 '04
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Clearwater, FL, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Tue Oct 12 '04
10:55 am
Always the best! But this was the greatest for me personally. Front row Platinum tickets, right in front of Joe. Incredible to see him that close. Got to meet and greet with Joe after the show. He is super nice, gracious and humble. It was my 6th time seeing him and my 1st with my son, who is 15. He really enjoyed it as well.


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