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danothelegend Tue Jun 20 '06
Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 10 Posted:
Sat May 24 '08
6:44 am
What an experience! It was well worth travelling to London to see Joe Satriani in action, with my friends being new to Joe's work it was great to see them enjoy it so much without even knowing most of the songs. The only drawbacks were that I was a long way from the stage and the rest of the crowd didn't seem as lively as I'm used to in Ireland but the sound was still amazing, with the gig kicking off with old favourite Flying in a Blue Dream it set the mood for what was to be the best gig I've been to so far. Classic after classic both old and new with two of the highlights for me being new songs Super Collosal and Ten Words, however nothing could beat seeing Surfing With The Alien live for the first time!! All in all it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life for all the right reasons.

cal Tue Jun 20 '06
Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 9 Posted:
Sat Jul 01 '06
7:52 am
I bought my ticket as part of the Platinum Package which was available through the website so firstly a HUGE thank you to John Iverson who looked after 40 of us so well and professionally.He was funny,polite but kept us all in line at the same time-great job. Before the gig we all met up, received our passes,picks,t-shirts and were then taken into the hall to watch Johnny A's soundcheck which was great-managed to chat to Johnny too-really nice guy and amazing guitar player.We then went on stage to see Joe's set up and get our picture taken with his guitar rack.After this I mentioned that the confirmation email said something about watching the encore from the side of the stage.He said one guy had already asked and as I was the second I got the other place-wow!(more of that later). Johnny A got a great reception - very different style from Joe-think Chet Atkins with Hendrix thrown in and you're halfway there. Joe was awesome as always -the only trouble is everyone has their favourites so he can't please everyone with his set list.Starting with 'Flying' and including a very cool 'Cool #9, Satch Boogie, Always, Surfing, and several newies - Redshift Riders, A Cool New Way, The Meaning of Love. For the encore I had to meet John Iverson at the side door and then was taken under the stage to the other side bumping into Joe as he came off, seeing the dressing room and then stood by his rack of guitars and guitar tech. It was AWESOME watching Crowd Chant and Summer Song from the side-thanks again to John Iverson-Jeff's drumming for Crowd Chant was amazing and special mention for Dave Larue(Stu who?) and Galen Henson on guitar. After the show we all met upstairs and waited for Joe. Again John was great recalling his experiences with many different bands over 30 years -you should write a book! When Joe arrived he was everything we expected -humble and gracious and so polite. We posed for photographs and he was happy to sign everything we had.Can you imagine if it had been Yngwie instead???? Thanks to everyone for making it an amazing evening and one I will never forget.Oh and if you are wondering why I only gave it a 9/10 -because of the crowd. Shame on you all for not standing up until Crowd Chant -it was a rock gig not an opera!Hurry back soon Joe and how about either Paul Gilbert, Steve Morse or Nuno Bettencourt for the next G3???

Satriel
(ariel shalom)
Tue Jun 20 '06
Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 10 Posted:
Fri Jun 23 '06
3:28 am
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G:thats all I have got to say(kidding) it was fantastic my first ever joe satriani show and it was amazing from the begining to the end. and it really pissed me off that it was a "no photos gig" it really sucks but I enjoyd anyway....

davek Tue Jun 20 '06
Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 10 Posted:
Thu Jun 22 '06
2:01 pm
Well that was another piece of Satch history for me. I've seen Joe several times before as a solo artist and at G3's but this was the first time I got to purchase a platinum package. I've been jealous of the US fans for sometime and grabbed the chance to enhance my experience of the gig. And itís something I can thoroughly recommend purchasing it to anyone attending one of Joe's gigs.
As Cal's mentioned the Platinum ticket holders got to sit in on Johnny A's soundcheck (which was an unexpected bonus) before we got the tour of the stage. I was looking forward to hearing more of him later and he didn't disappoint. It was nice to hear something a little bit different to whet people's appetite and his last track where there was a dash of Zep 'n' Hendrix splashed in, was excellent.
The sound quality at the Apollo was very much better than some of the previous venues I'd been to. Although as someone else has mentioned the bass could have been upped a little bit more. What I found so amazing at this gig was the age span in fans, from young teenage girls to OAP's. Joe certainly seemed to appeal to all of them.
As always Joe played my fav track - Always with me, always with you - and it was even better than before with an amazing jam thrown in towards the end. Of the new stuff, I was glad to see/hear Redshift Riders and it was cool to hear Joe give the 'background' to One Robot's Dream. It would be great to continue to learn more about Joe's tracks either this way or by continuing with the podcast theme. It certainly gives an insight into his mind ;-)
A big thank you to John Iverson in his 'host for the night' duties. His insight in the industry just added to the whole experience. I still can't quite believe my luck at John 'picking' me to see the encore from the side of the stage. Watching Crowd chant from that point of view was amazing and freaky at the same time. It was great to see such audience participation.
I was amazing to meet Joe in person after the show, and I'm sure I speak for everyone of the platinum ticket group in saying that it was so very much appreciated. It's so refreshing to meet a 'hero' who is so down to earth, polite, warm and friendly. Not an ego in sight.
John - I hope you have a safe trip back to the States at the end of the week, and look forward to seeing the photographs!
Joe - I thank you for the bottom of my heart for taking the time to meet us all afterwards. It really was appreciated!

help
(andrew palmer)
Tue Jun 20 '06
Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 10 Posted:
Thu Jun 22 '06
1:24 pm
what can I say? Joe was superb and in the zone!.I have been lucky to see Joe many times and he always amazes me with his absolute commitment to giving 100% passion to the show and fans experience, i was happy to see a few young kids leaving with big smiles and inspired thoughts after what must of been their first JS gig.Jeff as always played the drums like a grooving octopus demon while Dave and Galen held the rocking freight train moving on.I enjoyed the platinum experience very much and wish to thank John for looking after us all(looking forward to the pictures).It was the third time i had met Joe and still I was very nervous,I forgot all the questions i wanted to ask and must of looked like a 6 foot prat,he kindly signed the bits and pieces I brought with me including a little message in my beloved joe guitar secerts guitar book.I wish to thank Joe very much for sharing his time,music and inspiring playing!! see you on the road next time and have a great birthday for next month! Andy

Satriella
(Satriella Walker)
Tue Jun 20 '06
Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 10 Posted:
Thu Jun 22 '06
3:59 am

Where to start....ranking 1-10 what's that about....who is not gonna put 100 out of 10! ooooh I really cannot express in words how fantastic the show was...I know it has been said before...but you just don't believe it if you haven't been to a gig...watching a DVD of a live gig is just not the same...you HAVE i mean HAVE to go see him play for yourself...there is nothing like it...Joe has such control over the guitar, the stage, the pedals, the amps, the crowd, his trainers....OK OK ...everything just everything....

The songs played were a perfect balance of old and new but with twists that made it all outstanding...Always with Me, always with you was just fantastic....but what a suprise to have a real fast jam in the middle of it! but Joe was just having such a good time up there...jumping around...and giving us all he had....Jeff's playing was superb and Dave and Galen gave their perfect support to make the whole thing perfect!.....Oh boy just watching those fingers and the absolute mastery over his guitars...to see it with your own eyes...to feel it with your whole self...I know I know this is a rubbish review coz I can't remember all the tracks names and I am not technical....but it was soooo superb...joe plays with such feeling even the new ones...just like lighting, super colossal and of course crowd chant which everyone was rocking to (even the guy I was sitting next to who had not even moved a muscle through the whold gig...hmmm got up for this one!) was just great....I mean of course your jumping up out of your seat and whistling and clapping after every song....but with crowd chant you really feel like you can give something back to JOE!....I hope with all my heart that if there is another tour...I can go to all the venues....for this I will take my fear of travelling and face it head on....

oh and I really have to mention the guy two rows in front of me that spent most of gig crawling around on the floor desperately looking for the picks that Joe kept throwing out to us...I really hope you had seen Joe play before coz if you hadn't....you mad man...you missed the gig!.....If I had caught one I would have given it to you...your desperation and the fact that you never found one saddened me!

I really could rant on and on...but I will leave it to someone more technically minded

THANK YOU JOE AND ALL THE CREW FOR THE BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE EVER!!!!

HUGS (OH SO PLEASED TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO THANK YOU AND HUG YOU FOR REAL JOE!)

SATRIELLA XX

richardsim7
(Richard Ireland)
Tue Jun 20 '06
Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 10 Posted:
Wed Jun 21 '06
4:29 pm
Wow....just...wow :| That was my first Satriani gig, and it was just SUPERB!! Nothing could have prepared me for what happened, I couldn't believe it was real!! It was like Flying in a Blue Dream :p Thankyou Joe for such a fantastic time, I look forward to meeting you someday, you are my god :D I wish there was some sort of recording so I could remember that night forever, and show my kids (one day) that I was there!! You have great taste in hats my friend, I've been wearing mine all day ;) And i'm saving up for a JSX this summer! My first Satriani gig, but most certainly not my last, I can't wait for you to come back to London (Brighton would be better!)

Lone Arrow
(Chris Neale)
Tue Jun 20 '06
Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 10 Posted:
Wed Jun 21 '06
12:30 pm

Observations from The Apollo

This was my first Satch gig... well, one where I was actually there as opposed to watching it on vid or DVD... and it really was both outstanding and inspirational! The sound quality was impressive. Okay, the bass could have been upped a bit in the mix but consider this... that amazing wall of sound, all just came from three guys... and one crazy lead guitar player!

No fancy props or way over the top light show... no, that's not what we came to see. And, they came from every walk of life, here in Britain... to see Mr. Satriani play his guitar. There were people old enough to be my grannie... and young enough to be my grand kids (if I had any)! That's truly saying something.

I don't know what it's like in the States, but here in the UK 'corporate rock' has starved the people of that vital elemental component of rock music... lead guitar. They say 'rock' outsold pop recently for the first time? By 'rock' they're referring to rather kind of limp bands that strum away and yodel a lot. And there are no lead guitar breaks any more.

I wonder... is that really, because it means you first need to spend a lot of time learning to play your instrument properly... before you walk down the road and get a record deal? And that it requires you to spend hours and hours practising on some kind of a regular basis?

Anyway 'they' say there's no market for it anymore... just as they did when Joe wanted to cut his first album I believe? Thankfully, Satch continues to boogie like no other guitar player can. And to this very day... continues to prove them all wrong. <-

LukeXtremist Tue Jun 20 '06
Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 10 Posted:
Wed Jun 21 '06
9:44 am
Well, I've waited long enough and anticipated enough to see Joe Satriani perform, so naturally I only hope that he's going to give me what I wanted. Well he did just that, that's why my review/comment says TEN outta TEN. That really says it all...

Suzie2000
(Suzo)
Tue Jun 20 '06
Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 10 Posted:
Wed Jun 21 '06
9:09 am

JOE- I am so glad that you do the Platinum tickets for your fans, Matt and I had a FANTASTIC time! I have to say that without a doubt it was THE best gig I have ever attended! The time just flew by, you played with so much passion, it was such a personal performance... I absolutely loved the jam at the end of AWMAWY, also it was so great to hear so many of the new tracks as well as your older ones. The only track I was praying you would play that you didn't was Midnight, but you can't do them all I know! One Robot's Dream came across brilliantly, so atmospheric... my other favourite moments were Surfing With The Alien, Circles, Super Colossal, Flying in a Blue Dream... the list is endless...

The time you took to talk to all of us afterwards was very much appreciated. Thanks for answering my questions (although I would have loved to have asked a couple more!) and for accepting my gifts (especially Jean Luc Picard...!) And THANKYOU to John for all his time, hospitality and patience... and of course thanks Jeff, Galen and Dave :)

Can't wait for you to come back to the UK soon, I will definitely do the Platinum experience again as I need the answers to my other questions... and I need to re-assure myself I didn't dream the whole thing! When the photos come through hopefully I'll convince myself I did in fact SHAKE JOE SATRIANI'S HAND!!! It was such a perfect end to such a special day:)

Thanks so much Joe for it all - Suzie :)

Smithy
(Neil Smith)
Tue Jun 20 '06
Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 10 Posted:
Wed Jun 21 '06
9:08 am
Just when you think you've seen Joe at his best, he only goes and gets even better. Amazing show from start to finish. The new stuff worked really well and some great work from the back cat. Some of my personal favorites were included, Cool#9 especially, and Always was unbelievable. Thanks for a great show Joe. I can't wait til next time. Cheers.

Simon07
(Simon Davies)
Tue Jun 20 '06
Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 10 Posted:
Wed Jun 21 '06
8:20 am
Was not disappointed with the gig, its all about the music. Great set, to start with flying through a dream, was well thought, what a great piece of music, always stands the test of time. Was sat at the back with my 2 sons, (the next generation of fans), we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, well worth the trip. Keep rollin and a rockin

colossal_dave
(David Gray)
Tue Jun 20 '06
Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 9 Posted:
Wed Jun 21 '06
7:11 am

Wow, how frigin amazing was that?!

This was my first propper Satch concert after seeing him at G3 in 2004, and I was totally blown away. FIABD was a great opener, and from then on it was a brilliant mix of old and new songs. I have to say, Redshift Riders has now become one of my all-time fave Satch songs, it blew me away last night! AWM,AWY was another highlight, and i loved the new ending to it. Crowd Chant was AMAZING!! When I first ever heard this song, I must admit, I wasn't too keen on it, and wasn't too sure how the UK audiences would take to it, but last night put a stop to those thoughts! It was a great experience singing along (or trying to sing along) with so many other Satch fans. Summer song was a perfect song to end on. My necks hurting from all the headbanging i did last night!

I thought Johnny A was excellent. It was great to hear some Hendrix and Led Zep. A really nice guy as well.

Thanks Joe for a really outstanding night. You truly are a master of the guitar and I hope you continue making music and touring for many years to come. You da man!

Cant wait for G3! Whos it gona be?!!!

Dave.

samboway1
(Sam Mangan)
Tue Jun 20 '06
Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 10 Posted:
Wed Jun 21 '06
4:27 am

The most fun I've seen Joe have in ages. He really seemed vibrant tonight. I had a platinum package ticket and it was worth absolutely every penny. As always, Joe was gracious and humble and nothing was too much for him to sign or talk to you about.

John was an excellent host and really added to the experience, I agree with the book idea. Go on John, it'd be a great read.

I really can't think of a better way to enjoy myself than the time I had at this gig. Joe's set was wonderful, opening with my favourite 'Flying'. His new material really worked live and One Robot's Dream was beautiful.

All in all, my 26th Joe gig was just as good as the others but the added benifit of meeting them man just addd the perfect finishing touch. I would heartily recommend the Platinum / diamond packages to anyone.

Sam.

JonnyB
(Jonathan Berry)
Tue Jun 20 '06
Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 9 Posted:
Wed Jun 21 '06
3:35 am

Hammersmith Apollo: Well this was the one I was waiting for and Joe didn't disappoint. His playing was fluid, masterful and truly expressive. He managed to breath new life into "old" favourites and faithfully reproduce the nuances of the new material. For me Joe is now the Grand Master of guitar and has gone beyond technique to the point where he just "becomes" the music. And what music! With ITLIS, I was afraid the material might be running a little thin but SC has proved that Joe is not short on inspiration. Red Shift Riders had me flying around the cosmos at warp speed, A Cool New Way was treated to a flurry of improvised extensions expertly woven into the main theme, One Robots Dream was a revelation to me live as it's one track I didn't really "get" on the CD. The Meaning Of Love is my new favourite ballad and has knocked Love Thing off it's podium.

The only reason I'm giving this a 9 is down to the heavy handed and pointless policy of The Apollo with regard to picture taking. The staff took on the persona of a Swat team and anyone would have thought the audience were wielding 9mm Beretta's not crappy little cameras. The constant interventions were quite off-putting and totally unnecessary. Come on, this is never a problem at other venues so why here?

I'd like to thank a few people for making the evening such a memorable exerience. Firstly Jon Iverson for taking care of us during the Platinum experience - you managed to make a difficult job look easy. My fellow fans and enthusiasts - I can't remember all the names but it was a pleasure meeting you all. Lastly Joe - words fail me man. You are living proof that it is possible to rise to the very top of the tree and still keep both feet firmly on the ground. You are indeed Super Colossal and I have never met anyone as kind, gracious, hard working and genuine as your good self. Thank You. I better end there - I'm getting a little misty eyed!


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