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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

The Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing

I recently bought a VCD when i was in Bangalore - G3 Live In Denver. G3 is actually a Jam band with Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen getting together, all on (guess!) electric guitars. The set list didn't have what i was dying for - Joe Satriani's classic "Flying On A Blue Dream", but all in all it was OK, at least Satch was rocking.

Satch began and his numbers had semblances of melody and structure, which Vai and Malmsteen (in particular) lacked. Satch didn't have his 1000 notes a second show-off trips. He ended the first part with "The Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing" Steve Vai followed. Vai started well but wasn't particularly intoxicating. Malmsteen was the wildest of the lot, typical metal stuff. I'm not a metal head, sorry.
Thankfully, the final session had all three jammin together. The last 2 numbers were Hendrix's, "Little Wing" and my all-time fav "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)". The latter was really "wicked", as Vai would say back-stage after the concert, though Malmsteen kind of spoilt the fun by not adhering to Hendrix's every note.
Joe Satch saved an otherwise unremarkable album.


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