OK, while I will NEVER be one to have recall of an entire set list, let's just say that this "show" was amazing
I say "show" because it really wasn't. It really was An Experience !!!
I've seen Mr. Vai numerous times over the years when he's been in Tucson, and I always come away feeling like I've been jamming with a bunch of friends - for three hours. It's been a long time since I've come away from a show tired. Tired yet completely energized.
Life is best lived without regrets, so let's just say the one thing "I missed" on this leg of the tour was buying a ticket to the Evo Experience. I know it would have been well worth it, and I would love to be able to sit down with Steve and just talk about things
. Guitar playing would always be at the forefront of the conversation, but just to be able to hear his philosophies on different everyday things would be fun too. I'd even like to know if he's a Laker fan (being from L.A. of course).
I'll post pictures later, but just to review a few of the highlights:
- Buildin the Church has always been one of my favorites, and this did not disappoint.
- Weeping China Doll, off The Story of Light is a very emotionally-charged song, and is even more so when seen live.
- The acoustic set performed midway through the show was great too, of course ALWAYS highlighted by Rescue Me or bury Me.
- Fire Garden Suite - need I say more ?
- The acoustic portion performed by Dave Weiner was a surprise to me, 'cuz this guy can really shred and hold his own with the best guitarist in the known universe !!!
Lastly, the portion of the show when Steve invites audience members up was a one-of-a-kind thing, and Richelle (sp?), Milo and little Julian experienced something that, YES, definitely made me jealous !
But in the end, it's all good, 'cuz I got a Vai pick and a drumstick from Jeremy Colson; badges of honor from being in the front row !!! Enjoy the gang when they come to your locale, and God Bless You All !!!
Jimbo in Arizona