WOW ! What CAN I SAY ! Im not even finding the words to express what i saw 4 days ago !
A Dream Came True to me,finally after over 5 years of being a hardcore and loyal fan to the Master....my Guitar Idol/Hero....Joe Satriani...i had the chance to stand right infront of him and watch his amazing,beautiful preformance Live.
it was a dream to me to see him just months ago, coz just got immigrated to the States (Detroit-MI) 2 months ago from Baghdad-Iraq.
that night was by far the best....the theater,the audience,the stage,the music...everything.
I arrived @ abt 8:25 pm, and Mountain was already there preforming their songs and they surley rocked the stage till 8:45 pm where the crew started to set the stage for the Maestro to hit the stage @ around 9:05....kicking it off with (I Just Wanna Rock)....i was amazed by the stage production and the beautiful lighting....(Compared to what i saw on his solo/G3 dvd's).
I was on the left side of the stage-audience prespective- right infront Satriani's main pedal board.his whole band were on Fire....Stu kept going from side to side,interacting with the audience, throwing picks-luckily i got one near the end of the show :)-. and reflecting the light to bling the audience not to mention the monitor engineer !
Galen was doing his job @ his best, also interacting with audience,keeping everyone smiling :)
Jeff...he's one of my fav.drummers,and he's out there proving it everynight on every single second of the show...beautiful beats, keeping the band tight...
now comes Satriani.....the beautiful soul,i really dont know after all these years and the thousands years how he can keep it that spiritual, and playing these songs everynight just as he 1st composed them.he's my fav.Guitarist coz he plays with feelings, and never lost it...not a single note.
i enjoyed and smiled every single moment of that night...and every single note from the setlist....
1-I Just Wanna Rock
5-Flying in a blue Dream
9-One Big Rush
11-Intro Solo+Time Machine+Followed by the Bass Solo by Stu Hamm
13-Always With Me,Always With You
14-Surfing With The Alien
17-Going Down -as G2- Feat.Leslie West on Guitar :)
here r some websites that belongs to 3 of the photographers who were there....
also check the 186 pix on the official website of The Royal Oak Theater...they r the best
and i really appreciate if anyone took some vids/pix to send me a link on my email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
after the concert ended @ 11:07 pm, iwent out bought keychain as a souvenir from the show and just when i was going out....some guy was giving FREE tickets to Yngwie Malmsteen concert on Friday this week ! so i took 1 for myself and another one for my brother...did Joe pay for these ? I dont know !
can't wait to see Satriani again...maybe on a G3 :) or with his Chickenfoot project.
Thx Joe For the Music,and a big thanks to all the ppl who made this night so special to me....Thx Detroit and Everyone who was there :)
Joe Ur Music kept me alive through all the years of war and violence that i went through, and inspired me to be a better person and a a better Guitarist.....Keep on Rockin.....Wish U and all ur Loyal fans all the best...