On the large stage of the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, Australia, Steve Vai gives as good as he gets to a capacity crowd filling the hall.
At a select point in the Vai set, Mike Keneally, armed with an axe of his own to grind, strides onto the stage in a purposeful manner.
Meanwhile, backstage, Mick Brigden delivers to Joe copies of the Satchurated concert DVD and CD. A carefully recorded, filmed (hi-def! 3D!) and mixed live show from Montreal, Canada, in December 2010, the film is already in limited release in several hundred 3D theaters worldwide. This release is a watershed moment for this author. Joe knows a moment when he sees one. Look Ma! Top of the world!!!
Steve Vai and band have left a smoking crater in front of the stage and now it’s our turn to mop up. This we do with enjoyment. Following quickly on our raucous and enthusiastic set, the G3 guitarists grab notes and squeeze.
After the set we are all energized. This was an especially good one, it had the magic. The guitar players animatedly and happily discuss their notes (they do this!) and Joe demonstrates a peak moment as Vai and Luke laugh in recognition.
Outside, out back of the venue a wild rabid horde of fans presses dangerously up against steel retaining bars eager to catch a glimpse, a word, a signature, a guitar pick….ahh…actually, no. It was an appreciative and polite bunch, bless them, and they asked nicely.
The next day is a travel day, to Melbourne and beyond. I think 8am is early but the crew has already left the hotel.
There isn’t enough coffee in the world.