In a sold-out tour running nationwide October through November 2003, the Supertrio of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen put on their G3 Show: three master guitarists putting on a nearly 3-hour show to a crowd of awestruck fans. The DVD feature
If musical notes were gold nuggets, then King Midas would look like a pauper next to Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Yngwie Malmsteen. Performing both individually and together in this 112-minute concert, the three hard rock guitarists prove their virtuosity beyond a doubt; despite the most obvious antecedents, including Jimi Hendrix (they play both “Little Wing” and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” all through the “G3 Jam” session that comes at the end) and Eddie Van Halen, all three play with the type of swiftness, precision, and overall technical proficiency that very few others can match. Yet the non-stop, high-volume speed riffing (Malmsteen is the most egregious relating to playing notes for notes’ sake, but all three are culpable) eventually proves to be quite a lot of sound and fury, signifying almost nothing. There’s little to speak of when it comes to songs or melodies (and no vocals, other than all through the jam section), and, notwithstanding Malmsteen’s pseudo-classical bent, not much to distinguish the three, either. The chops are awesome, dude–but in spite of everything, even die-hards could be forgiven for thinking, “Thanks, fellas, that was once actually, actually impressive. But do you think it’s good to play some music now?” –Sam Graham
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