Orlando paid homage to some of the greatest guitar players on the planet Tuesday night January 30th. The standing room only crowd at Hard Rock Live was treated to almost four hours of hard driving rock-n-roll from Joe Satriani’s, G3 2018 tour stop. Since 1996 Satriani has been gathering the world’s best guitar players and having them perform on one night, then sharing the stage for the finale.
This year's lineup of innovative guitar masters, Joe Satriani of Deep Purple and Chickenfoot, John Petrucci of Dream Theater, Phil Collen of Def Leppard. Joining the trio for the last two songs, Deep Purple’s "Highway Star" and Stevie Wonder’s "Superstition" was UFO’s Vinnie Moore.
The night started with Phil Collen’s band taking the stage for the first set. Collen has been described by Satriani as a “Total Virtuoso” which is quite a compliment if you consider the source. Collen offered blues with the soulful voice of Debbi Blackwell-Cook. Next, followed heavy metal guitarist, John Petrucci who has been named as one of the top ten greatest guitar shredders of all time by GuitarOne Magazine. Last was the headliner, the ultimate master, Joe Satriani. Satriani has sold in excess of 10 million albums with 6 going Platinum and Gold, which makes him the number one selling instrumental rock guitarist of all time.
You could tell Satriani was having the time of his life and the crowd responded with every note. After Red Hot Chili Peppers Chad Smith's drum solo, Collen, Petrucci, and Moore joined Satriani’s band to end the show on a high note. The music kept getting better and better as the night wore on and all in attendance didn’t want it to end as the capacity crowd remained in their seats and shouted for more.
If you love rock-n-roll lead guitar players, buy a ticket the next time the G3 tour comes to your town. You will leave satisfied guaranteed.
Past guitar virtuosos who have performed with G3 over the years have included Steve Vai, Steve Morse, Eric Johnson, Paul Gilbert, Steve Lukather, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Fripp, Yngwie Malmsteen, Adrian Legg, Michael Schenker, John Petrucci, Phil Collen, Marty Friedman, and after tonight's show, Mr. Vinnie Moore.