A couple of years back I was lucky enough to capture Joe Satriani at the Balboa Theatre and it was an unbelievable experience. Watching someone with that much talent is almost overwhelming and I was pretty sure it wasn’t an experience easily surpassed. Little did I know I would be able to witness not one guitar master but three on the same stage on the same night.
Each of their sets was so unique and different and test fit so beautifully in progression from one other. Phil Collen gifted his bluesy soulfulness to the night while Joe Petrucci’s haunting riffs pulled at the audience’s soul taking us on a deep and dark journey. Joe Satriani pulled and guided us from the darkness catapulting us straight out of reality with his larger than life sounds and the persona to match.
The evening truly reached higher grounds when all three took stage. It was almost unimaginable how three so different guitar players could somehow so harmoniously share the stage creating what I can only describe as pure magic.