Satriani, Petrucci & Collen Shred Seattle a New One Opening Night of G3!

Guitar Heroes Rock on Joe Satriani's G3 Tour Opener!

January 12, 2018
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G3 Tour Featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci & Phil Collen - Moore Theatre - Seattle 1.11.18
Review/Photos: "Iron" Mike Savoia - www.Facebook.com/SavoiaPhotographyLive
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One of the great benefits living in Seattle with concert tours is they usually start or end the tour here. Last night we won the 50/50 coin flip and the Joe Satriani G3 tour started here at a sold-out Moore Theatre. The G3 Tour is a concert organized by guitarist Joe Satriani who picks 2 other guitar greats to tour along side of him doing their own little sets then after Satriani's set all three guitar players jam a short set onstage at the same time. This formula is especially exciting to guitar fans around the world because it's usually the only time you'll see them together playing on the same stage anywhere. So when the tour is announced Joe's VIP packages (especially the first rows) are snagged ASAP by fans who don't care what price it is to be that close to their guitar heroes for one night. Since 1996, past G3 Tours included the like of Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth and Guthrie Govan to name a few. With the start of this tour last night, today 1.12.18 brings the release of Joe Satriani's 16th solo album called "What Happens Next" featuring a band of Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers). Of his 11-song set, 6 were off this new release. My favorite track of the night from Satriani set was "Thunder High on the Mountain". A technically heavy crushing foot stomping catchy tune that got the crowd rocking! Joe was such a showman for the crowd and us photographers! 
 Opening the show was a surprise to most for this tour. Def Leppard's Phil Collen. Most wouldn't think with Def Leppard's mainstream straight-ahead rock-pop style that the band couldn't hold a guitar virtuoso, but I know (and obviously Satriani) this guy can shred. Working with him on the Def Leppard Cruise a few years ago I learned first hand from soundchecks to his Delta Deep band (which are performing with him on this tour minus Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo, ex- Paul Gilbert bassist Craig Martini playing) he's a player! 
 By the end of his 6-song set, the crowd was no doubt accepting. They included tracks like "Mistreated" and "Down in the Delta" off their debut Delta Deep CD and also some off their upcoming CD/DVD "East Coast Live" out Jan 26th. For more info on this Delta Deep band go here: www.deltadeep.net - Next up was the guitar wizardry of Dream Theater's John Petrucci. 
 Now what made his set even cooler was he had Dream Theater drummer Mike Mangini playing with him. Blasting through a set that included tracks "Jaws of Life" "Damage Control" and "Glascow Kiss" from his 2005 solo album "Suspended Animation". He also jammed a track called "Glassy Eyed Zombies" that he's been performing live for some years but not released on any album that I know of. His opener "Wrath of the Amazons" aka Wonder Woman theme was great! What could be said that hasn't already about John Petrucci's playing? How about he's not from this planet ha! So effortless. If you're a super fan of John's he has a 4 day and night summer shredfest featuring Guthrie Govan, Tosin Abasi, Tony MacAlpine, Rusty Cooley, Andy James, Jason Richardson, and Jon Finn with very special guest Al Di Meola August 6th - 10th, 2018 in Glen Cove, NY - For more info go to www.johnpetruccisguitaruniverse.com
After Phil, John and Joe finished their sets it was time for the grand finale everyone waits for on the G3 tour. The 3 guitarist jam session. What was cool is it also included Delta Deep singer Debbi Blackwell-Cook. So what did they jam and sing? Deep Purple's "Highway Star", Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" and Don Nix's "I'm Going Down". This part of the show really had the capacity crowd on their feet watching Debbi belt out her powerful voice and the guys trading off solos while cranking these classics. There's no doubt the start of tour started off with a big whammy bar dive bomb of awesomeness from Satriani and the guys. Make sure to check this tour out across America through Feb 25th. For more info on Joe Satriani, his new album "What Happens Next" and tour dates visit www.Satriani.com