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3 stars G3 1997 Live In Concert

The first G3 concert to be filmed and recorded, but the second G3 concert after the previous G3 concert in 1996. The personnel were the same with the 1996 G3, which were Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Eric Johnson. Well for those of you who don't know what G3 is, it's an annual concert which held by Joe Satriani and his ex-student, Steve Vai, along with another guitarist as a guest. The concert usually is divided into four sections, so each guitarist will presents their songs, after that, the concert will be ended with G3 jamming.

At that time, Joe Satriani's band lineup included Stu Hamm on bass and Jeff Campitelli on drums. Joe Satriani played Cool #9 from the album Joe Satriani, Flying In A Blue dream from the album which has the same name and Summer Song from Time Machine album. Joe Satriani's songs characteristics are identical with blues riffs, possibly because his ultimate influence is Jimi Hendrix.

Steve Vai's band was Mike Mangini on drums, Mike Keneally on guitar & keyboards, and Phil Bynoe on bass. Vai played Answers from Passion And Warfare album, For The Love Of God from the same album and The Attitude Song. Steve Vai, in my opinion, is the best guitarist among the other three in terms on techniques, also his stage performances, really great! Sometimes, he can play very beautiful riff which has deep feeling.

Eric Johnson's band was Stephen Barber on keyboards, Roscoe Beck on bass and Brannen Temple on drums. He is not my favorite guitarist but the songs were really amazing. I like Manhattan so much and I couldn't stop listening when I bought the CD for the first time. The other songs were Zap and Camel's Night Out. Eric Johnson style was pretty much like Joe Satriani, blues style with elements of jazz, calm but beautiful performance.

The jamming session used Jeff Beck's Going Down, Frank Zappa's My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama and Red House from Jimi Hendrix. I think Frank Zappa's song was suggested by Steve Vai, since his ultimate influence is Frank Zappa, also he was in Zappa's band before his solo career. Jimi Hendrix's song was likely to be suggested by Joe Satriani. The jam session was very great! Satriani's beautiful tone with Vai's crazy technique along with Johnson's calm guitar, real beautiful.

I give three stars, because for me it's not the best G3 ever and maybe because it wasn't great as the others. Owh, I have seen it as well, since I have the video : )

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