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G3, the yearly traveling tour of guitar virtuosos spearheaded by Joe Satriani, played a packed show in Las Vegas at the Brooklyn Bowl on January 17th, 2018. – JOE SATRIANI and his hand picked guitarists each perform separately and then all join together for a jam at the end of the show. The G3 tour, as you may or may not know, has been in existence for a few years now and Satriani has always headlined, but shuffled in different guitarists who could handle the instrumental style. The IMG_0033G3 at Brooklyn Bowl on this night had an impressive line-up. In addition to JOE SATRIANI, who some argue is the greatest

IMG_9108 instrumental guitarist ever, the crowd was treated to two other awesome guitarists – JOHN PETRUCCI of DREAM THEATRE and PHIL COLLEN from DEF LEPPARD.

First up was DEF LEPPARD Guitarist PHIL COLLEN performing with his new band THE DELTA DEEP. Since Phil is known more for his work in the pop rock world, at first he seemed like a strange choice for an instrumental show, but he quickly quieted all concerns. Collen was joined by ROBERT DeLEO from the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS on bass and by former Gregory Hines back-up singer Debbi Blackwell-Cook on vocals. Collen was the only performer to use an actual vocalist on the show. Unlike his work with DEF LEPPARD, Phil got to show off his blues influence with THE DELTA DEEP, as ide of him many were unaware he had.

Second tonight was one of the most technically sound guitarist in the world. John Petrucci performed with a three-piece instrumental act. Petrucci seemed like a perfect choice for the G3 tour considering his progressive metal style from his work with DREAM THEATRE. His technically classic style was a perfect fit with the instrumental style of the show. No vocalist was needed or missed for Petrucci to keep the crowd engaged, but he did give us a few words between songs. Petrucci even came out with a cover of Hans Zimmer’s “Theme to Wonder Woman” to start the show!

The headliner on tIMG_0050he evening, JOE SATRIANI, Is argued by many to be the best instrumental guitarist of all timeWithout a doubt, he will go down as one of the most recognizable instrumentalist of all time. Satriani’s sound is un-mistakable. JOE SATRIANI may very well be the only guitar player who has been able to create actual hits on both the radio and MTV with a total instrumental style of play. The album “Surfin’ With the Alien” was both ahead of its time and unlike anything else of the era. The list of guitar players who were influenced by this man’s playing style is endless.

The highlight of any G3 show is of course when all three guitarist on the bill come back to jam together and sometimes with special guests. On this evening, that special guest was none other than Las Vegas’ own D.J. Ashba from SIXX A.M. D.J. took the stage along with the other three legends and Debbi Blackwell-Cook back on vocals. They joined forces for three encores this evening, including Deep Purple’s “Highway Star”. You don’t have to be a guitar wizard to enjoy a show like G3, but it sure is fun to be entertained by a stage filled with guitar wizards!

IMG_9903 (1)Eric Tucker

Photos: Paul ROCK Santos