ok, i’m not gonna sugar coat this for you.
last night, may very well have been the best night of my entire life.
steve vai was ungodly incredible. the show was by far the most amazing thing my eyes have ever beheld.
first off, i got there about 6:45. stood in line for like a fuckin hour. so that kinda sucked, and i was a little pissed. the upside to this was some guy was passing around sampler cd’s, and i got one. it’s nothing special, just a compilation of a bunch of unknown artists (though vai’s “building the church” is on there, which kicks exponential amounts of ass).
so when they finally let us in, i just made like a sprinter to the stage, unfortunately there were a fair amount of people there already. by mid concert though, i managed to stand not even 10 feet from vai.
but i’m gonna talk about eric sardinas before speaking of the god known as steven vai. the dude was…if anything, really really cocky. like you just felt the arrogance from him. he did play some pretty cool shit and i did learn to respect his playing. he played on these weird acoustic guitars that have like a metal plate where the sound hole should be. they sounded electric though, i’m not really sure how that works. anyway, he did have some really cool tricks. like, his style of playing is slide. he has the little metal piece on his pinky. at one point, however, he took a fucking BEER BOTTLE, and used that as a slide. i was shocked. that was just so cool! the cockiest thing he did though was just jump out at the crowd and crowd surfed for a sec. i didn’t think he deserved it, he didn’t play that spectacularly.
after sardinas left, we were standing there for a good 45 more minutes until vai finally graced us with his presence.
i’ll tell you, i loved steve vai before going to his concert. but after seeing him live, he is now my favorite musician of all fucking time. as i said above, i was standing less than 10 feet away from the guy. so i got perfect view of his fingers. his technique is unmatchable. he played every song i wanted to hear from him. from “building the church”, to “for the love of god”, every song was something to behold. it’s worth noting that vai brought maybe 5 or 6 guitars with him, that he kept switching for every song. but there was this one guitar that topped the rest. it was a double neck, but unlike any other double neck i’ve ever seen. the variations of double necks that i’ve seen are:
but what he had was really weird. it looked like a 6 string electric on top, and I THINK a fretless neck on bottom, which was also 6 string electric. needless to say, it was pretty fuckin cool. another interesting guitar of his was this one jem. it had light up fret dots that could be turned on with a little switch. it looked so cool.
somewhere in between the performance, a bunch of dry ice was put out (that’s the stuff that makes all the fog in case you didn’t know). then vai came out with a bunch of weird shit on. he had this crazy headset on, that had these little lights on it. and he had lights on each of his fingers. and he brought out the guitar described above with the light up fret dots. so, amidst all this fog where you can’t see anything, he just starts throwin around his guitar, swingin it around his back, wavin his hands all around and shit. it was crazy, all you could see through the fog were the lights flying all over the place.
at one point, there was an acoustic section, where vai brought out this GORGEOUS green acoustic. he actually talked to the crowd in this section. he was telling us how in some movie he cameoed in, he made fun of britney spears somehow. he tells us, she recently moved next door to him. so now he’s neighbors with her. yeah but anyway, the acoustic section was pretty damn impressive. a lot of really nice hammers and pull offs.
somewhere near the last song, vai did something that was so fucking crazy. he held out a note, and STUCK OUT HIS TONGUE TO THE STRING. it made this awesome feedback. i was just like “WWWHHHAAAATTT?!!” lots of awesome tapping too.
accompanying vai, was billy sheehan on bass. now he looked like a pretty weathered dude, like early 40’s maybe. but the man was SICK. that night, i discovered that you can fret tap on a bass as well! for several of the songs, billy pulled out a fucking double neck bass. INSANE. i have NEVER seen a double neck bass before, and frankly, i don’t even know the difference between the two necks. i can only guess that maybe one neck was tuned differently to make different sounds. some amazing tricks here, were that vai and sheehan were playing each other’s intruments! while vai was fretting with one hand, he was plucking sheehan’s strings. and vice versa, while sheehan was fretting, he was plucking vai’s strings. it was so awesome!!!
what was awesome in this concert, besides everything else, was that EVERYBODY on stage got solo time. first solo was the drummer. I HAVE NEVER SEEN BETTER DRUMMING IN MY LIFE. the guy was goin fuckin nuts. his solo lasted a good 5 minutes. and that’s saying something. can you bang on a drum for 5 minutes? i bet you can’t for 30 seconds!
next solo was bass. billy sheehan fuckin annihilated. he was fret tappin like there was no tomorrow. just goin crazy up there.
for the last song, sardinas came back out. he and vai both played together, which made for a pretty interesting song. when the show ended, i was just like “wow…”
let’s recap. i got there at 6:45. the show ended at midnight. you have no idea how tired my legs were. the first step i took to leave was like picking up a block of cement and moving it. i stood on my feet for 5 fucking hours. but every sweet nanosecond was soooo worth it.
there’s tons that i haven’t told you, but i’m too lazy to type anymore. i think you have a basic idea of how fuckin amazing that night was. and i’ll say it again.