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Buckethead @ B.B. King Blues Club (8/18/2011)

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Artist: Buckethead
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: Wolff and Tuba
Date: 8/18/2011
Label: Independent Artist

As I walked into this particular event at B.B. King’s I had admit that I was again hitting a show that I had such a finite amount of background on. Sure I knew that Buckethead was one of the many faces (or masks) involved with Axl Roses ever shifting Guns ‘N Roses project but outside of that I didn’t know a whole lot about the guitar virtuoso. Tonight would be my chance to get a look under the bucket right? Let’s face it, it is impossible to be totally up to speed on everyone and even some of the more popular radio and television hosts have their work cut out for them nowadays with so many bands and musicians out there active on the scene. I had just been here the night before when the Progressive Rock bands Nektar, Brainticket and Huwe Lloyd-Langdon performed their brand of “Space Rock” for that genre’s fans and now it was only something equally progressive in some sense. Arriving at B.B. King’s shortly after the doors opened found me seeing the crowd that had assembled still walking in. There were A LOT of people here for this guy tonight and it was great to see them lined up down the block. I got inside just before the opening act which was listed as Wolff. I would soon learn that this was actually “Wolff and Tuba”. Here is how my evening progressed.
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Uli Jon Roth @ B.B. King Blues Club (5/16/2006)

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Artist: Uli Jon Roth
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: The Lizards
Date: 5/16/2006
Label: SPV Records

ULI JON ROTH! Those in the know just took a deep breath and a step back as they recalled the guitar playing impact this man has had on Hard Rock and Metal music. Yes, the original guitarist of the one and only Scorpions would return to the States for the first time in almost two years and while that might not sound like much of a big deal you need to know that before this Uli had not played in the States for some 19 years (1985 at L’Amour’s). Based on this information it would be an incredible piece of news for fans of the rock guitarist and to see him at B.B. King Blues Club would be the icing on the cake. When he last performed he played at the now defunct “Downtown” in Farmingdale and the also shut doors of “The Wreck Room” in Wallington NJ. He was part of the Michael Schenker Group tour that was coming through town but to be honest these venues were far too difficult to reach and as a result attendance suffered. Tonight in The Big Apple the reception for this talented player would be a different story altogether. I arrived with writing colleagues from The Sea Of Tranquility and while I expected a sit down setting, I was happily surprised to see no tables on the main floor. These have proven to get in the way of quality shots in the past but with no photo pit as well, I would have to fend off the ardent guitarist admirers in the audience. It would not be an easy task to say the least.
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Joe Satriani @ Nokia Theatre Times Square (4/13/2006)

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Artist: Joe Satriani
Venue: Nokia Theatre Times Square (New York, NY)
Opener: Eric Johnson
Date: 4/13/2006
Label: Epic Records

I have to start this off by stressing that I am a drummer, and while some of my review readers already have determined this; it bears mentioning again especially since I was going to be reviewing Joe Satriani in concert. “Satch”, as all of his fans refer to him is pretty much one of the best guitar players in the business and he is the mastermind behind the G3 Tour that often finds him alongside Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen as well as many other talented players. Tonight’s show would not be a G3 performance and instead be billed as “The Super Colossal Tour” (the name bears the same moniker as his new album). Joining Joe and his band this time would be another amazing guitarist the one and only Eric Johnson. Johnson music leans more to the bluesy side and this is very apparent on his most recent release “Bloom”. The Nokia Theatre would be the perfect setting for this concert because while it seems a great room for Metal bands there is an acoustic perfection to be enjoyed when attending a show like this. While Johnson would play a wide assortment of songs during his hour long set, his most memorable number would come from his earlier album as he closed with “Cliffs Of Dover”. Instrumental guitar displays seldom keep me entertained for very long but I have to say when you watch Satriani play he makes it look so fluid and simple. It is not the case of course as he is ripping the strings to their capacity and making every guitarist in the audience drop their jaw in amazement or sending them home to review their tablature books.
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