One day, when you remove yourself from the "Steve Vai Phase", maybe you'll be ready.
There`s a reason people like Steve Vai, and it has little to do with popularity, especially since he`s an underrated name as much as the next guy in the shadow of hip hop and mtv. I personally didn`t like Shawn Lanes`work as much as Steve`s. I listen to a lot of Vai, something about his music just transcends me into a different world. Great way for me to stop thinking, and i get to the point where thinking too much makes my ears bleed. His music is like a journey in a world full of colors represented in tones and notes, it`s an experience more than just instruments lined up to make noise. I can`t honestly tell you Shawn was a bad player, in fact he had a lot of unique abilities which scored him place in the Godly shredders hall of fame, but regardless of how much you like him, don`t go and start making it seem like Steve`s the boyband of the shredder`s union. People like him with every bit his music is worth to them. I can`t say i ever spent more than ten minutes listening to Shawn Lane. Talented, perhaps, but his music never moved me at all. I wouldn`t pay to see him, even now that he`s dead.
Herman Li is an excellent player and a showman all at the same. I`ve seen DF 3 times now. Although a lot of their earlier work and in betweeners are alright, i really dig CTE and really more on an instrumental level than the lyrics, because they are cheesy. However, they can be classified as good cheese, like Swiss. what i like the most about Herman Li is that he`s the new guy on the block. A guitarist everyone can say contributed to the spectrum of techniques that can be applied to the guitar. Who was the last guy to reinvent the wheel or at least think outside the box. It was refreshing to me, especially after a few years of rap fused with metal and down tuned garbage.
Say what you will, but i am digging this axe. Quite classy and tasty looking. Wish i could say the same for the price!