An Evening With Steve Vai.
That Steve Vai, what
a nice little boy an incredible musician. He was the first artist that I watched live in concert way back in 2004 (at the Suntec Convention Centre), all because my brother asked me to accompany him after his girlfriend at the time couldn’t go at the last minute.
10 years on and LAMC Productions brought him back to perform at The Star Theatre on 21 March. It was almost a no-brainer in deciding whether to go or not.
And yes, this post is a month overdue.
I don’t think I stopped grinning at his stage antics or having my jaw hang slightly open because he (and his band consisting of Dave Weiner on guitar, Philip Bynoe on bass, and Jeremy Colson on drums) were so brilliant in their own right. Dave Weiner was given his own little showcase on the acoustic guitar, and Jeremy Colson constructed a portable percussion kit with a supermarket trolley and other random bits and bobs before proceeding to play it all (and the floor). No extensive solo time for Philip Bynoe compared to the rest, but he was grooving and dancing all night on that stage anyway.
Not sure if it’s an age/maturity thing or not, but I definitely enjoyed myself a lot more this time round compared to 2004 where I only knew the three songs he played at G3 Live in Concert with Satriani and Johnson (1997). I still only know a few songs (in proportion to his entire discography) and I was bummed that he didn’t play The Attitude Song again, but it didn’t take too much away from the entire concert experience (which was fantastic).
Here are a few photos and clips that I could manage while being sat so far back in the theatre:
Encased in light.
if that’s not enough, wearing light.
joined by Alif Putra (wearing hat), winner of the guitar contest. he kicked ass!
For a more in-depth review, check out the one written by Kevin Mathews for TODAY.
Looking forward to Ellie Goulding in June!