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3 stars G3 2005 Live In Tokyo

Well personally, I think this CD or album or concert is far from the real definition of progressive music. But because I am a true fan of Dream Theater, especially John Petrucci, I will write a review the best I can.

John Petrucci is definitely one of the most influential progressive or progressive metal artists, because of his ability to bend his songs from an ordinary path to extraordinary. Moreover, since progressive music requires virtuosity of the player, John Petrucci is a great progressive artist. In G3 2005 Live In Tokyo, he played 2 songs from his single album, Suspended Animation, which I think influenced by his fellow G3s, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. The songs that he played were Glasgow Kiss and Damage Control. Let's look at the song one by one. Glasgow Kiss is an amazing song with great arpeggios in it. It is amazing how some simple chords can be break down into great arpeggios that create an amazing song. The second song was Damage Control, which is more metal and heavy than the first song. This song is pretty much like his solos in Dream Theater, heavy but still has deep feeling in it through beautiful tones. The downside is that John Petrucci lacks of stage action, but its okay, consider he has to concentrate full on his playing.

Next is Steve Vai. For me, Steve Vai is a somewhat progressive artist, because of his ability to play and produve extraordinary songs, just like John Petrucci. In addition, Steve Vai without a doubt is one of the best guitar players. He played a song from a very old (doesn't mean bad) album, Passion and Warfare, the song called The Audience Is Listening. Just a sneak peak at this song, Vai could create a sound like human's sound, I mean, when humans are talking and he really did that. The other songs are taken from his latest album, Real Illusions: Reflections, called Building The Church and K'm-Pee-Du-Wee. Different with John Petrucci, I think Steve Vai had too much stage action.

Last but not least is our blues-rock god, Joe Satriani. He played three songs, one from The Extremist album and two from Is There Love In Space? album. The song from The Extremist is called War and the other songs were Up In Flames and Searching.

The G3 jam was truly amazing, the combination of great musicians, John Petrucci, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Billy Sheehan and Mike Portnoy. They played a song from the god of all guitarists, Jimi Hendrix, a song called Foxy Lady, then a song from ZZ Top, called La Grange and also a song from Deep Purple, Smoke On The Water. Personally I think Joe Satriani was not very dominant in the jamming session. On the other hand, John Petrucci and Steve Vai were trying to beat each other in terms of technical skills and the musical tones.

Overall impression, I think it is just good, regarding it is not really a progressive music CD/album/concert. However, I terms of the show and overall concert, two thumbs up! Timur Imam Nugroho - Indonesia

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