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Steve Vai - John Petrucci, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani- G3 Live In Tokyo CD (album) cover


Steve Vai


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3.29 | 36 ratings

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3 stars Clearly not as crazy as Live in Denver.

Okay, I'm talking about the DVD VERSION, and since it's not available, here I go.

When you attempt a G3, you wanna have entertainment, amazement and good songs; because at 80$ a ticket, the show's gotta have rock protein to sustain the interest.

So what does this DVD delivers?

As before, you can expect a good performance by Satriani, a great performance by Vai but oddly a so-so one by Petrucci. Why Petrucci's the weakest link? Well, John Petrucci's repertoire is limited but that's not the point this time. With Dream Theater, he can share the spotlight with other stars (Portnoy and Labrie are quite fun to watch), but in this show he has to create an atmosphere by himself...and he sucks at it.

Don't get me wrong, Petrucci's songs are decent but way too close to what Satriani is doing (except they're longer and less creative). So you have two shows with almost the same sound, but Petrucci's lack of showmanship makes this DVD a disapointment for me. Maybe I'm too harsh on the event, but with Malmsteen on board in Denver, this show pales in good humor, energy and the ending jams are boring (sigh). But there's still Vai's crew who gives a zing to this show, and Vai's songs are of course, catchy, creative and above competition.

Anyway, I wouldn't start here to grab the full experience of the G3. Still good and entertaining, but sometimes, the magic just isn't here.

Menswear | 3/5 |


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