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Steve Vai - Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen- G3 Live In Denver CD (album) cover


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5 stars The most enertaining G3 concert.

Know why? You got it, because of Mr. Fast Hands himself: Yngwie Malmsteen. Eric Johnson and Petrucci are good, but Malmsteen has the international reputation of giving a good show. And he doesn't prove us wrong, again.

Again, Steve Vai's set is the most noticable; Satriani's being too simple, Malmsteen's way too loud. Vai in the middle of all this, is well supported with an all-star team of good instrumentalists. They cooperate nicely and they add a lot of humor in their set, which is a big bonus considering the quality of the material they're giving, with perfect timing.

Satriani's set is a bit quieter with some rocking moments. He benefits of more lighting equipement and of a more diversified approach: mixing romantic songs with powerhouses. Again, his precise technical playing (almost a dream) and the catchy melodies are giving a more accessible edge to the concert.

Malmsteen's big. Physically and musically. Big Marshall stacks, big drums and he cries more than he sings. He big on stage, taller than Vai and probably weighting more than Joe and Steve together. All dressed in leather, sporting jaguar straps and boots, he like from another era. Despite the fact he's stuck in 1983 mentally, Yngwie stays my choice for best stage performance of all. He twirls, jumps, runs, spins, laugh without missing a note. Sometimes he's not even playing on the neck, sometimes with his teeth, but always incredibly, almost unhumanly fast. HIs solo on the acoustic guitar is a sight to be seen. Holy molly, he has tremendous talent...he's just expressing it with a lot of ego. A lot.

As said, the songs performed by the G3 are exquisite, especially Rockin' in the Free World by Neil Young. The other are Hendrix numbers. Do not listen this one before buying, it's no use and you'll spoil the surprise element. This is a very, very, very tight show with lots of humor (from the 3 guys actually) and you have a funny talk with the 3 guys in the credits that I find hilarious. 3 different guys, 3 personnalities but a sincere cohesion that makes this DVD the best choice between the G3.

Go buy this eyes closed.

Menswear | 5/5 |


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