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Satriani’s G3 Live


John Petrucci (Musicman Signature guitars)

Petrucci is respected for his variety of guitar styles and skills. One of the most notable of these is his high-speed alternate picking which, as he himself claims, requires a “strong sense of synchronization between the two [playing] hands.” John is notable for frequent use of the seven-string electric guitar, which he says he uses as a writing tool, taking advantage of the extended range for heavier riffing and to play extended range runs as part of a solo. Moreover, Petrucci often combines his metal shredding technique with a slower, emotive soloing style. His influences as a guitarist include Jimmy Page,[9] Brian May,[9] Eddie Van Halen, Steve Morse, Al Di Meola, Steve Howe, Allan Holdsworth, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Randy Rhoads, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Alex Lifeson, Yngwie Malmsteen and David Gilmour.”

Backed by friends drummer Mike Mangini and bassist Dave LaRue, the black-bearded and dressed, muscular Petrucci looked formidable. Fortunately he also sounded pretty formidable as the quality of sound improved significantly. However, as Satriani was later to illustrate, it was still well short of being excellent. With enigmatic and rather dark stills being back-projected Petrucci started with the his interpretation of the Wonder Woman main theme, ‘Wrath Of The Amazons’, which proved to be a wonderful and explosive opening gambit. Petrucci looked comfortable with his audience and provided a solid connection, something that Roth lacked. He introduced a new song in the aptly named ‘Happy Song’ which lightened the mood with delicate changes of pace and soaring crescendos. ‘Glass-Eyed Zombies’ was incredible with its jagged, chaotic and crashing vibe, but my highlight of his set and one of my favourite moments of the night was when he referred to a couple of Scottish fans who had travelled down for the show. He then suggested they may like his final offering ‘Glasgow Kiss’…


This song had everything including a fine melody, tangible Celt flavour and some of the finest guitar playing of the set. This was the first time I had seen Petrucci perform and was immensely impressed. The songs were not over-long and were made highly accessible by strong melodies.


Wrath Of The Amazons (Rupert Gregson-Williams song)
Jaws Of Life
The Happy Song
Damage Control
Glassy-Eyed Zombies
Glasgow Kiss

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