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quo
(steve banks)
Tue May 20 '08
London Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 10 Posted:
Wed May 28 '08
4:25 pm
this is the 13th time ive seen joe since i first heard of him over a pa at a ted nugent gig at hammersmith in 1988.each gig seems to get better and better if thats possible,set list was excellent a mixture of old and new.look forward to his next visit hoprfully maybe a g3 tour how about with brian may and frank marino, just downloaded the track ghosts from i tunes where it is available

StuP Tue May 20 '08
London Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 6 Posted:
Mon May 26 '08
3:24 pm

Returned from the London Hammersmith Apollo gig somewhat disappointed - second time seeing Satch there.

I have to say Satch and the band were on top form and a decent light show. The downer was the sound - mostly way too loud - could hardly recognise some of the numbers the sound was so mushed.

The drums on their own sounded ok, solo bass sound was ok, guitar though sounded almost distorted - when all together couldn't make out any of the instruments or solo detail most of the time. Almost sure it's the venue acoustics along with the sheer volume - and I like loud!

Hadn't seen the support band before - Paul Gilbert, looked very good but again the sound didn't do them any favours. Have to say as much as I would like to see Satch again, it won't be at this venue unless the Sound Engineer sits next to me.

satrinicious
(Lea Nielsen)
Tue May 20 '08
London Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 10 Posted:
Sat May 24 '08
3:58 am
Definitely 10 points to Joe and the band!! What can I say.......the whole band once again played their butt off and the new material works extremely well live - especially Musterion, Out of the Sunrise and Andalusia (where Galen gets a chance to show what he´s got - and he´s GOT it!!)......Love you guys - you are definitely among the best musicians and the best people in the world. Also a VERY cool experience to watch the encore from the side of the stage in the company of Mike Manning (who was having his own little party out of everybody´s sight!!) and John Iverson who remembered me from 2 years ago in Newcastle and who arranged this special treat for me....huge hugs from Denmark, John!!.....and thanks for the beer!!! Can´t wait for the show in Copenhagen, guys......I´ll make sure to be there early and get myself a spot in the front row......see y´all.....

Steve Clark Tue May 20 '08
London Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 10 Posted:
Fri May 23 '08
6:50 am

Well another great performance from Joe. He gets better and better. This concert was about one of the best I've been to see Joe.

I had seats 7th row from from on right side of stage. Very good view.

Concert started with a good performance from Paul Gilbert. Only one critisism was the bass drum was very strong from where I sat, drowned out the guitars a bit. No problem when Joe came on, perfect sound balance.

Anyway, Joe came on starting with "I Just Wanna Rock", and then then night just got better. An excellent solo from STU, everyone enjoyed that. Then Joe came back on with Galen & Jeff and continued till about 10.30 then went off for a short rest then back on for the encore till just short of 11.00.

I'd rank this concert 11/10 if I could. Been to about 6 or 7 now. This one has been the best.

As other's have said, one niggle was the staff stopping people taking photos, or trying to. Thankfully at the encore they disappeared so everyone was taking them then. I managed to get a few photos while staff were not looking.

Got my Satriani t-shirt too. One request would be to make tour merchandise available online, so that fans could get their items after the concert.

Anyway, that's enough for now. Looking forward to next availble concert here in UK. Any US dates yet? I'm there in September.

Thanks to Joe, Stu, Galen & Jeff for a great concert.

Turkish Daddy Tue May 20 '08
London Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 7 Posted:
Thu May 22 '08
4:11 am

Joe you rocked love your intro on stage with I just wanna rock. I also love the way you you used a screen. Jeff Campitelli rocked. Stu was excellent at the interval. overall it was excellent I would see you again as it was my first time seeing you live. I would of liked that you played more of your hits like summer song. I love the fact that you played one of my fav tracks Always with you, Always with me.

YOU ROCK JOE ;0

cal Tue May 20 '08
London Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 10 Posted:
Thu May 22 '08
3:53 am
After an awesome meet and greet with Joe and a great Q and A session (thanks again to John Iverson for his planning of this) it was time to take my front row seat slap bang in the middle of the row. Paul Gilbert on first who was just as awesome as always -the cleanest and fastest picker around. He played a lot from the new album 'Silence Followed...' which were good but he treated us long time fans with 'Down To Mexico' from the Flying Dog CD and the The Drill Song from Lean Into It from his Mr Big days. Nice to see the crowd really appreciate him and his band -including his wife on keyboards, and great news to see he will be playing at the Astoria 2 in November. Then the big moment - Joe and his band. Great to hear that Stu was back in the band as a last moment replacement, and a great start to the show with I Just Wanna Rock. Lots of new tracks from PSATMOR including my faves Revelation,Out of the Sunrise and Andalusia. Crowd favourites included Satch Boogie, Mystical Potato, Flying In A Blue Dream, Cool # 9 and Always with a great extended jam session at the end.When we chatted to Joe earlier he said that the Cardiff and Bournmouth crowds had been really dull and quiet so it was nice to see the crowd really up for this gig and showing their appreciation - in turn I think Joe was really getting into it himself. Stu's bass solo was as awesome as always ( a real nice touch playing Zep's 'Going To California')- a real showman with a great sense of humour. Galen Henson was as solid as ever on guitar and Jeff on drums keeping it tight and all together. Before I knew it the main set was over and time for the encore - Crowd Chant was up first -and finally the crowd decide to stand up and enjoy themselves!And last but not least Summer Song and 2 hours later it was all over. I got some awesome pictures being in the front row so please email me at 'cbeatt@brookes.ac.uk' if you want me to send them to you. Thanks to Joe,Stu,Jeff and Galen for an awesome gig and to John Iverson for arranging the meet and greet beforehand. Please don't leave it another 2 years before you come back - see you at the London Music Show in June guys.

Ant711UK Tue May 20 '08
London Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 10 Posted:
Thu May 22 '08
1:01 am

Great show, great set, loads of energy in the room, sound was good from where I was. Love the way Satch seems to be improvising more freely these days, loads of chromatic ideas popping up even midway through some of the well known stuff. He seems more relaxed in his playing than I've ever seen him before and he just gets better every time.

Show rated as a 10 for me as I went to the aftershow meet , thanks Galen you are a superstar!!!

Tony

rustybuckets
(Russell Cook)
Tue May 20 '08
London Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 9 Posted:
Wed May 21 '08
9:36 am
My faith has been restored. I went to the G3 concert that included Joe, SV & the dreadful Robert Fripp. That was my first concert of Joes and i was really disappointed, not in JS or SV but Mr Fripp. Thankfully i have finally had this opportunity to see JS again and excellent it was. Today the day after i suddenly wish i was still there. Excellent audience and thanks to Dan for the ticket. i rated it as a nine because i felt the interaction of JS with the audience was a bit limited, and i think the PA balance was just bit too much in favour of the drums, and bass which left JS a little quiet on occasion. However thats being picky. Well worth the time and effort, just wish i could have his guitar,,,,,,,

nadster
(nadeem masood)
Tue May 20 '08
London Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 9 Posted:
Wed May 21 '08
6:01 am

Second time I've seen Joe - last time being 2 years ago - and I had a great time, much better than last time as I was able to remember more of it. Last time, I was simply transfixed by the way he was playing his guitar and kinda lost all sense of reality! Loved a lot of the new material live, especially Musterion and Andalusia (he went a bit mental on this track!). Time Machine was superb - he was visibly loving playing it, jumping and dancing around the stage. Also loved Ghosts, which I've not heard before. I was making a note of the set list on my phone throughout the gig, and then I accidentally deleted it at one point! However, during Stu Hamm's cool bass solo I managed to remember pretty much all of it! It's probably about 90% correct, done from memory:

I Just Wanna Rock / Overdriver / Satch Boogie / Ice 9 / Diddle-Y-A-Doo-Dat / Flying In A Blue Dream / Ghosts / Revelation / Super Colossal / One Big Rush / Musterion / Out Of The Sunrise / Time Machine w/Extended Intro / Cool #9 / Andalusia / Bass Solo inc. Going To California / Crying / The Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing / Always With You, Always With Me / Surfing With The Alien / Crowd Chant / Summer Song

For the last few songs we managed to get down to the very front of the stage - looked so much better from there. My friend also managed to get a pick from both Galen and Joe - last time he got nothing, so this made up for it. A great end to a great gig. I just wanna rock!

walks
(Martin Walker)
Tue May 20 '08
London Hammersmith Apollo
London, England, GB
Rank: 8 Posted:
Wed May 21 '08
2:02 am

After seeing Joe in Bristol on Saturday, I couldn't wait for the Hammersmith gig and I was not disappointed. Paul Gilbert yet again raised the standard from the start and I can't wait to see him in November. Incredible stuff. Joe also looked like he raised his game for the gig and it looked like he was enjoying it more than on Saturday.

Had a cracking view from the front stalls, despite all the 'professional photographers' clambering for their best shot. One thing that did annoy me was the constant torch flashing of the security guys, attempting to stop us amateurs taking any snaps.

Anyway, apart from those little niggles, it definitely did not detract from another great show, all 2 hours or so went too quickly!!

Good on ya Joe and can;t wait til you come back again!!

I Just Wanna Rock!!


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