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getogot
(Jeremy Hensley)
Wed Jul 04 '01
Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre
Sante Fe, NM, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Mon Feb 03 '03
8:01 pm
This was the best show of my life. Seeing Vai, Petrucci, and Satch at the same time was unbelievable. I never thought there would be another G3 after Johnson but having Petrucci there made the show that much better. After show i got to meet Vai and Satch and their band. They were all really cool guys . This was the best day of life.

ShariV Wed Jul 04 '01
Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre
Sante Fe, NM, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Tue Jul 30 '02
9:32 pm
This concert was UNBELIEVABLE!!!! To see all three of you, Joe, Steve and Joe...DAMN!!!!! It was a sight to behold. The rhythms were right on, the mood was just right, the night was crystal clear to celebrate the day of our Independence. It was the 4th of July, and it was the happiest, best way I could ever think of spending that holiday. With music so precise, and the band who are just as talented for being able to keep up with the mastermind at work! You are an amazing man, and band that I would give anything to meet just once! THis was the best show, besides the one we saw in Albuquerque, and the one soon to be seen here in August. If anyone out there hasn't seen Joe, but you have the opportunity, don't let it pass you by! This is a once in a lifetime chance! (or for you cheap skates, you can rent Joe Satriani Live in San Fran....which I own, and watch that instead) Go to the show! Go to the show!!! Ps. There was a downfall... there were no fireworks for the 4th of July...what is that?

MEstill
(Morgan Estill)
Wed Jul 04 '01
Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre
Sante Fe, NM, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Fri Jul 05 '02
8:38 am
The BEST concert I have EVER seen. I'm a HUGE fan of Satriani and Vai and wtih the appearance Petrucci with the G3 crew made this concert INCREDIBLE!!!

ferrarri
(eric garcia)
Wed Jul 04 '01
Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre
Sante Fe, NM, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Tue Apr 09 '02
12:03 pm

that was the first concert i ever saw. my parents took me as a graduation present. I really enjoyed it and the coolest was that my parents enjoyed it too. My mom is your biggest fan now. Your a great guitar player, and your band is awsome too!. Great show!

Your fan,

Eric Garica Kittylover182@hotmail.com

Stevil Kanevil
(Stephen Bentley)
Wed Jul 04 '01
Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre
Sante Fe, NM, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Tue Mar 26 '02
2:55 pm
C'mon Joe, you know the acoustics at this place are what you prefer. I saw you the year before at Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque and the sound cant even come close to the Paolo Soleri. I could hear every note in your solos clearly and without that stinging reverberation you get from an enclosed place like Sunshine where you get standing wave effects. COME BACK! Places like Paolo Soleri were designed for tasteful music like yours....Sunshine didn't do you justice!!!! Peace.

Warrior23
(Ken Baros)
Wed Jul 04 '01
Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre
Sante Fe, NM, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Tue Feb 19 '02
12:22 pm

I have been to many concerts in the past 14 Years but nothing compared to the "G3 Tour!" John Petrucci played a great set with songs he wrote especially for this tour. His perfomance was outstanding for a newcomer to the solo scene!

Steve Vai followed John Petrucci's set with flashy showmanship and guitar shredding. It felt great to see and hear him live! Another bright spot was to see him reunited with bass player Billy Sheehan. From their opening with the old Roth classic "Shyboy" to their final song of the set their stage presence was amazing! Vai even walked 7 rows into the middle of the crowd during one of his songs. His unique style was impressive especially when he played harmonics on his guitar using his tongue, and also when he fretted a note and swung his guitar around his back a couple of times! He was treated royally by fans and at times gave expresions of surprised by fans who gave him a standing ovation after each song!

Joe Satriani hit the stage next and God it was AWESOME! It was loud as hell when he was introduced to Santa Fe, New Mexico! He had the crowd in the palm of his hands from the beginning to the end of his set! Each and every song was greeted and ended with a standing ovation! It was the first time that Joe Satriani ever Played in Santa Fe, New Mexico and he left a hell of an impression on hard rock guitar music lovers! Fans on the right front side of the stage held up a huge banner reading "SATRIANI IS GOD!" That exactly desribes the way Joe Satriani who was dressed in all black played. His stage presence was out of this world like a supreme being an "ALIEN" if you will! He didn't have to ask for respect, he was bestowed with it!

The main course of the night was when all three guitarist as well as Billy Sheehan and Stu Hamm had a group jam of cover songs to end the show! I've never died and gone to heaven (or hell for that matter, thank God) but after that night if this is what heaven is like, I plan to be there.

Overall it was a FUCKING AMAZING show, it blew away anything I've ever seen in 15,ooo plus colesium, and here we were in a mini amphitheatre! The show was held on the 4TH OF JULY! Believe me when I say there was no need to buy fireworks, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, & John Petrucci provided the fireworks and it sure was EXPLOSIVE!!!!!!!!

guitarguitarguitar
Wed Jul 04 '01
Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre
Sante Fe, NM, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Thu Jul 19 '01
1:02 pm

This show gets a definite 10 for being one of the best concerts I've ever seen. Petrucci opened it up with a bang, cruising right out of Jimi's national anthem on the radio, playing new material he'd written specially for the g3 tour. Unlike most of the fans there, I think I was one of the few who had actually heard of John Petrucci and Dream Theater before. Petrucci played some excellent riffs, mostly with a celtic or middle eastern sound, and one which sounded pretty reminiscent of Jeff Beck. Petrucci Jammed through his songs with his old Dream Theater band mate Mike Portnoy, who was, according to Petrucci "completely color cooardinated" in reference to Portnoy's matching shorts, hat - shirt and shoes. I was really impressed with Mike Portnoy's drum playing, and it was too bad that they didn't have him drumming for the final jam. You can tell all his rhythms are really complicated, and his fluid motion makes it all look really easy. After a brief intermission Steve Vai ran on stage playing allong with two big sirens set on top of his ampliphiers. He had on this crazy sleevless trench (sp?) coat with the bottom frayed all the way up to his waist. The crowd all went really crazy and you could tell he was kind of taken aback by it all. After the first song or so, he took off his coat, and went through a series of costume changes before he settled on a white shirt with a weird flufy hat. This kind of pissed me off, because it was obviously all for show. But still I have to say that Vai definitely puts on the best show of the three. He got the crowd pumped up with some natural harmonics fingered with his toung, a talent unto itself, and an improvised shredding duel with his bassist, who would echo everything steve gave him perfectly. The drummer had a good solo as well; he played a few bars of his own while spinning sticks in both hands and then through them both to the crowd. All in all I have to say that Steve was probably my favorite performer that night, both in terms of the songs he played and his showmanship. The performance was completely flawless and his songs kind of formed one with a cool motif that he returned to occasionally in his soloing. After Vai came Satriani. He played all of his classic songs and got the audience to go allong with his act of sticking his arm up in the air after struming his long climatic final notes. The only complaint I have about his set is that it wasn't long enough, but when he called Vai and Petrucci back onstage no one really cared anymore. They jammed on ZZtop's "La Grange" and Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" - most likely the two greatest jam songs ever written. Then they closed it all with the classic g3 cover song "Going Down" by Don Nix.

The Bottem Line is that this show kicked ass; I would recomend g3 to anyone who playes guitar or is into this kind of music.

mazio Wed Jul 04 '01
Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre
Sante Fe, NM, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Mon Jul 16 '01
2:44 pm
This was the first time I've seen any of the three and I'm still thinking about about the show. The Paolo Seleri is perfect for shows because the performers are right there close to you. I brought binoculars and didn't have to use them. First John came out and totally stunned me and I was thinking, this is just the warm-up act? He was excellent. Then Steve came out, with Billy Sheehan, and did some things I never seen done on those instuments. I couldn't believe how fast Steve could play. There were a few licks he did and his fingers were a blurr, really! His show was the most entertaining of the three. Then the master of ceremonies came out, Joe Satriani, and the crowd went nuts. He played a fine set including my favorite "Flying in a Blue Dream". I thought the backup musicians for all three are good enough to have a show of their own if they wanted to. The grande finale was awesome with all three up there at once. My wife and I went through alot of trouble to get to this show but it was well worth it. I'll never forget this show and recommend it highly to anyone of any age. I can't wait to see any of them again. Thank You! By the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOE!! Fred Di Pomazio

matrixx
(mike smith)
Wed Jul 04 '01
Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre
Sante Fe, NM, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Sun Jul 08 '01
11:32 pm
I am glad that I waited until Joe Satriani to take my ten year old, Josh, to his first real concert. Joe has set into motion an inspiration in me to play guitar forever and now has placed a great respect for guitar by a particular ten year old I might have mentioned. Joe rocked the house in Santa Fe and last year in Albuquerque. I'm only disappointed that I can't take Joshua to a Joe concert every month. By the way Josh recently recieved for his birthday, an Ibanez Rg470 and I play an Ibanez JS100. Joe please come back every year. We need you!!!! Thank You Mike and Josh

diedblue
(Jesse Acker-Johnson)
Wed Jul 04 '01
Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre
Sante Fe, NM, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Sun Jul 08 '01
3:49 pm
This performance was amazing all around, Petrucci opened up pretty hot, while vai had an amazing command of the audience, and satriani cooled off and cooked upeveryone about four times. Everyone really loved what G3 did on the fourth of July, all three of you are to be commended for sprending such positive, intellegent energy throughout the souls of a few select New Mexicans. With much love and thanks, Jesse Acker-Johnson.

elpp
(Jose Martinez)
Wed Jul 04 '01
Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre
Sante Fe, NM, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Fri Jul 06 '01
5:31 pm
OH MAN!!! Incredible. First off, the venue is designed so that sitting in the front row (as I was) allows u to be a couple of steps away from the stage. Petrucci came out and got everyone on their feet. His performance here was much better than in Denver. Then Vai came out and he even played a part of one solo in the stands (I'm telling u, I love this venue). Seemed to me that Vai played better in Denver, but he definitely enjoyed this show more. Satch came out and even though I've now seen him 8 times he still makes me want to cry in excitement. And of course the final jam was awesome, including the nasty bug walking around Petrucci's feet, and the guy at the end who got up onstage only to be tackled hard by 3 security dudes. Got 2 G3 picks from this gig, the Satch Boogie tapping solo was played 20 inches away from my face, got cool pictures and autographs by Satch, Stuuuuuuuuuuu, Jeff, Kennealy, Vai and Sheehan. PETRUCCI SET LIST: IBS, Damage Control, Lost Without You, Glasgow Kiss, Paradigm Shift/Erotomania. VAI SET LIST: Shy Boy, Giant Balls of Gold, The Crying Machine, a song that sounds like a lullaby (probably new), The Animal, a song that sounds like For the Love of God (new), Jibboom, FTLOG. SATCH SET LIST: Cool #9, Devil's Slide, Satch Boogie, FIABD, The Extremist, Summer Song, Raspberry Jam..., AWMAWY, Surfing... JAM SONGS: La Grange, Voodoo Child, Little Wing, Going Down. Unforgettable night.

drumkid
(Jeff DeLaurentis)
Wed Jul 04 '01
Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre
Sante Fe, NM, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Fri Jul 06 '01
10:46 am
Hello Satch Fans; I will not try to remember all the songs that were played in this show. That was covered by another reviewer. I strolled in a little late, maybe 20 minutes into JP's show. That is too bad, I wish I was on time, because I could hear him doing the Star Spangled Banner clearly from the parking lot. I would have loved to have seen that one up close. This is an excellent place to see top notch performers like this. It can only happen in the summer though, because of the cold weather in winter and it being an outside venue. JP had a lot of fun. His songs were great. I need that music!! Vai was totally blown away by the intimacy of this venue. When the fans rose up to give him a great round of ovation, he was taken aback. JOE, also, loves this place (I am assuming). He seemed to like walking up to people and playing right in front of them. Personally, I had a total blast. My seats were third row up and the left, right in front of JOE, eye level. (caught 1 pick, Thanks!!) It was great to see Vai control distortion and make it known he is one to be reckoned with. If you all are wrestling with the idea about, to go or not to go, FIND SOME TICKETS, go have fun and never be the same again. Thanks guys for the killer show.

laffclown
(Chris Stinson)
Wed Jul 04 '01
Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre
Sante Fe, NM, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Thu Jul 05 '01
9:33 pm
Great Show! First time to see Satriani, Hamm or Petrucci..and first time in many years seeing Vai and Sheehan. Would have liked to see Sheehan and Hamm stretch in out solo some..Sound was pretty clean..even on the top row. All three drummers were rock solid and it was cool to see Dave Larue (Dregs) handling the bass chores for Petrucci. Great crowd with very few exceptions. Gonna be hard to get excited about any other live show after this deal. More than a concert..it was kind of a religeous experience. Highly recommended. I don't plan on missing future G3 gigs.

lokki Wed Jul 04 '01
Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre
Sante Fe, NM, US
Rank: 10 Posted:
Thu Jul 05 '01
5:01 pm

What can I say? Incredible outdoor venue, phenominal musicians, perfect weather, and a full moon.

The only slightly critical things I have to say are; 1) I wish Stu Ham and Billy Sheehan had taken solos. Ain't nuttin' like seeing Stu pound out 'Linus and Lucy', or Billy's reverse-eponymic 'NV43345' =)

2) Really hard to listen to all 5 guitars shredding the last 5 minutes of virtually every one of the trio's songs! Very cool the first time around, but a bit over the top after that!

HOWEVER!!! The show is 1000% worthwhile, and I was one of the two winners of the aftershow passes. Now, tell me... what better way to spend the 4th of July?

Much thanks to Chris Varrin and the Satriani.com websters!

--Lokki--


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