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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-11-2001, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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G3 was really good. *John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy, what can i say? *they did the first cut off liquid tension experiment; first album, as their last tune! *oh man!

Steve was phenominal...effortless playing! *him and billy opened up with SHYBOY and it was insane! *they were note perfect. *billy's voice was good on it and yes, his tone was a little muddy. *john petrucci's bassist...forgot his name....his tone was killer! *and so was stu's! *

satch was really good as always! *

here is the cool stuff. *i made it backstage thanks to my brother. *steve signed my DNA guitar. *he was so mobbed by people. *it was me and my brother...he took the pictures. *the whole time i stood
right behind steve...about one foot away; right behind him for 1/2 hour. *i didn't
know what to ask him or whatever. *then i just said "hey steve" and he turned
around. *i told him i waited 14 years to meet him. *he went to sign the guitar and asked me BLACK INK OR SILVER? *i gave him both markers. *i asked what he thinks would be better and he said IT'S YOUR CALL MAN. *i said do it in black. *

so he signed his name on the DNA and then said YOU KNOW MY BLOOD IS IN THIS! *i said I KNOW. *

then he said, "MINE WAS STOLEN." *i said, i thought this one was as well (see DNA video post)

i asked him...didn't you have the DNA prototype? *he said YOU'RE RIGHT BUT I GAVE THAT TO GUITAR CENTER.
he had another one and it was stolen. *

BE PLAYED ON THE RADIO. *i told him we are doing what we can to get him on it.

so my brother took a couple photos of me with steve....i wish it was zoomed out cuz steve is
holding my DNA while standing next to me.

then he just left and i asked if i could get another shot and he said sure...but left...too many people. *caught up with him as they were roping off the area and i
heard steve say to security; only family up here. *i caught him as he was leaving. * i got my 2nd photo in and gave him my CD as a gift and that i played cuz of him. *i wanted to try to stress that i wasn't using him at all. *all i said is that i play cuz of him and that it was a gift and he is a wonderful person. *he said thank you and smiled. *that was that.

i asked him if he knew of jemsite and he said of course. *i told him that all the guys say hi. *he says hi back. *that was cool.

it was scatterbrain city. *everyone was tapping on his shoulder and saying STEVE STEVE can i get a photo, sign my hat, sign my book, i felt sorry for him. *i just
waited in the shadows till it was calmed down. *the look in his eyes looked like he was a little uncomfortable and i know how he is; he's shy. *it was weird.

billy sheehan was really cool. *he didn't talk much but was really nice. *he turned
me around and said LOOK INTO THE CAMERA RIGHT THERE and my brother took a shot.
then he said THANKS FOR COMING OUT. *

mike portnoy of dream theater (drums) was really cool. *i handed my brother's drum
head to him to sign and he said....looks like there is puke on it. *someone spilled
bear or something on it. *i said NO IT'S FINE SEE....as i wiped in on my shorts. *he
signed it and we said the typical geek fan thing....YOU'RE THE BEST MAN! *he said he
was glad we came out. *that dude is short...maybe 5'6"

joe satriani and john petrucci were nowhere to be found. *i wanted to meet them. *oh

that is the news for now.
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great stuff.

the shows at larger cities get hectic and i'd bet the aftershows @ NYC are like that... glen
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Quote: from shredmaster on 4:08 pm on July 11, 2001

billy sheehan was really cool. *he didn't talk much but was really nice. *
Glad you had a good time. *G3 was incredible in Houston. *Billy was just the opposite at the aftershow in Houston. *We couldn't get him to shut up! * *It was a blast talking to him about the DLR days. *I think he stayed about 1 hour just talking with us until 1:30 in the morning. *He kept apologizing for his language because Greg's wife was there with us - especially when someone brought up the subject from an old 80's picture where his 'stage appearence' below the waist seemed a little 'overdone' (Derek Smalls?). *It was great! *Billy is an amazing guy and just floors me when he plays. *

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It was a great show. I was really expecting a special guest for the jam since there had been so many lately (Gilbert, Lukather, Gibbons, Johnson, Timmons, Schon), but even without it was a superb concert.

The mix wasn't the best and it was incredibly hot inside, but all three played great sets.

BTW, Virgil Donati smoked when given the opportunity. That guy is a freak of nature.
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The bass player with Petrucci is Dave LaRue. *One of my FAVORITES. *When I saw Steve Morse play I probably watched Dave more than even Steve! *He's amazing. *I'm still in shock from G3 in Denver. *Sheehan, LaRue, Hamm, Vai, Satriani, Petrucci, and Portnoy all in one night. *Just kill me now, I've seen it all. *:-)

BTW, when Vai and Sheehan came out playing Shy Boy, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. *I still think Eat 'Em and Smile is one of the greatest albums of all time. *Sheehan is the "Vai" of bass and seeing those guys together again put a huge smile on face. *I think it's still there! *=8')

Please tell me they're filming that tour for a DVD!

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Agreed. *It was an oven in there. *I'd seen other posts that Sheehan's sound was lousy at other venues, but it wasn't the case in Chicago. *

Steve was low in the mix for the 1st 2 songs, but that got fixed. *The onstage chemistry between Steve & Billy was phenomenal.

They stuck to Glen's previously posted set list, except replaced Crying Machine with Erotic Nightmares, & also did Down, Down, Down as the final encore.

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And no one has anything to say about Mr. Mike Keneally? For SHAME! MK played his ass off that night and I believe he broke a whammy bar on one of Steve's 90ham's....... MK came out to talk to us and had a beer with us in line, cool dude, and he's getting more & more people coming up to him everytime I see him. To me THAT'S cool too........
No one in line took me up on my offer ($50) to bring me
Michael (Batio) Angelo's wig....... *: (

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