As promised yesterday my review follows.
** EDIT number 3 ** - I took some pictures with my Iphone and they all pretty much sucked. I got maybe one or 2 that were decent at best. I'm sure someone else has done a much better job with picks. Some chick was taking video the entire time they did the "Audience creates a tune" segment. Hopefully she'll put it on youtube. That was a lot of fun..
*** WARNING *** THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS - so if you want to be surprised, don't read it.
I'm going to preface this by saying that after the Ultra Zone album, I don't know the tunes by name (shame on me, I know).
There was no opening act. There were 2 guys that won some sort of contest where you get to "open for Steve Vai". They played one tune each. On and off the stage quickly. They weren't bad, but we all know why we were there... ** EDIT number 2 ** - The guys that played before Steve played VERY WELL under some tough circumstances. I didn't mean to come off like they were not good. They were both VERY good and it takes some brass to get up on stage before Steve Vai - Great job guys!
Vai came on at 8:00 PM on the nose. I was impressed by that because that's the first concert I've ever been to (and I've been to a LOT) where the headliner came on stage at the time it says on the ticket.
As stated above, I don't know the names of the tunes off of the new album and the first 3 or 4 tunes were off the new one. He also played (not in this order) Tender Surrender, Building the Church, Answers, Frank, The Animal (best version I've ever heard), Whispering a Prayer, The Audience is Listening, For the Love of God, Sisters, Angel Food, Taurus Bulba and Ultra Zone. And a few others that were either on The Story of Light or Real Illusions (again, I apologize for not knowing the names of the tunes off the newer ones - this may be a consequence of the way that we get music nowadays. At Amazon, if you buy a CD, you also get to download the mp3s. So what I'll do to preserve my original copy of the CD, is burn the mp3's to an audio CD to listen to in the car - hence no names to associate the tunes with - the music biz and it's distribution methods is a whole other story though, and I'm going off on a tangent, sorry).
The band was :
There was also an unkown guy who was doing the parts that Dave W used to do - basically the simple sitar parts and acoustic backing chords. Dave is now playing the fast, difficult, unison lines along with Steve - and keeping quite nicely I might add. I've watched Dave progress as a player over all this time and he is REALLLY, REALLY good.
Jermey Colson (to my ears) is getting more tasteful. He's a HARD player and now I see him playing with more finesse. He's also improved greatly - not that he (or Dave W) were ever not good - they've just improved a lot and grown musically over the years.
Phillip Bynoe is always great. He's a SOLID, funky bass player who can keep the perfect pocket.
Vai was (as always) great and seemed to really enjoy doing what he was doing. There was tons of crowd interaction. During the first tune, he noticed an older guy holding his fingers in his ears, so before the next tune, he got his guitar tech to bring some cotton for the guy to put in his ears. He wore the laser suit during the Ultra Zone.
I think this band he's touring with right now is perfect. They're all great players and they know each other VERY well. I think the harp and the violins were neat, but I just want to hear cranked up tube guitar sounds and that's what I got last night.
** EDIT ** - He also did an acoustic version of Rescue me or Bury Me which was AWESOME.
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