Well, I am really confused of what to say.
As a Satriani fan, I think he is amazing. I have been in three concerts so far, and I watch his DVDs over and over again. Know every note in his songs, as the other fans probably do. "And his last album is wonderful, although many concert attendies disagreed"
But the concert, was not perfect. The problem is: All of Joes concerts are the same. So this time was the same as last times. The Backstage theater was very hot that day, so I think not only we were effected, but the band also. And the sound engineer also, who took off his shirt during the concert. (Not very appetiting, if I might say). In any case, I did not like the acoustics in the hall. There was to much reverb, where i was standing, which made its effect on fast tracks remarkable. Slow tracks like Crying, or Always with me, sounded really good. The rythym beginning of Revelation for example, did not sound as good. The chords notes sounded like a mesh.
Second thing that I did not like, was that one could hardly hear Rythym and Bass guitar. Galen, is an amazing Rythym guitar player, he has a real groove, and he makes a wonderful aura into the scene. So it was a pity not to hear him most of the times. There are wondeful bass lines in SUMMER SONG for example, but I could not hear them (and then starting singing them in my mind). So I felt something was missing.
Stu's interpretation of Led Zeppelin's GOING TO CALIFORNIA is amazing. He is a wonderful bass player and I have seen him live a couple of times. He will remain to amaze me.
The best part in the concert was when Joe was improvizing blues with Stu. At the time Jeff had difficulties with the drums. Maybe the solo was intended, or they just did it to repair the problems. But the sound was slow blues and a wonderful interaction between Joe and Stu. Also very nice was the solo after Always with me.
I think that is what Satch has to increase in his concerts. We all know how wonderful he plays, but his jamming abilities are amazing. I still find that he is the best in the G3 Jamming sessions. Making improvised music makes the show special. So I think, he should increase that more.
One of the things that came across my mind was, that the band is travelling every day, make sound checks, and then do a concert. Joe does also a lot of extra stuff for the fans. I believe that he, and the band are getting tired after a few months of touring, which might affect their playing. I don't know, but Stu looked very tired.
And I always wonder, if we like Joe that much, why do we always try to get his signatures, also after the concert, when he certainly needs a good night's sleep. But it is amazing how he manages to keep a smile.
Nevertheless, Joe is great and the band is amazing. And also the technicians do a wonderful job.