So the show was fantastic. I got a great seat and filmed rather than rushing to the front of the stage and craning my neck to see what was going on and I have to say I enjoyed the show significantly more for doing so. I took a ton of video, and it looks like uploading it all to youtube is going to be a whole day project. I'm working on it now, but heres a link to my channel.
I couldn't think of a good reason why sharing this video wouldn't be ok, but if Steve or someone else says "stop it!" than I'll remove the vids immediately. I'll add a few more videos when my wife gets home from work, she got some vids I didn't. For phone vids, I think these turned out absolutely fantastic.
Beverly McLellan didn't show, for reasons that weren't explained. I expect he didn't do a few songs off the new record because of it, which was disappointing. Mike Martin opened for him with a very impromptu acoustic set, which wasn't terrible but certainly wasn't what I was there to see.
From the new record he did:
Racing the World
Weeping China Doll
The Moon and I.
There was a small recording of the russian lady played during the show, but he DIDNT play "The Story of Light" and my heart was broken a little.
He also had some new costumes, including some old lady pajamas and a completely awesome lighted robe. He actually played the Ultra Zone guitar, which had an amazing laser show built right into it. He also had the burnt universe up there, and a new strat looking ibanez. Hard to say, but it looks like this new Ibanez in question might have a new bridge on it. I couldn't tell. It almost looks like a maxxas to me, but who knows..? I was drinkin.
Crazy Harp Tinkerbell was freaking awesome. Never did catch her name but I very much enjoyed watching her perform.
I'll tell you this, not one Carvin Legacy was harmed during the making of this show, because not one Carvin Legacy was used lol. They were there. They were turned on. Nothing was connected to them. No channels were switched. No knobs were turned. Nothing. 100% Axe FX, and I think his tone suffered a bit because of it. Maybe I'm just a purist, but the tones I was hearing were pretty one dimensional.
Dave Weiner is now playing an awesome selection of PRS's, and had 2 big PRS half stacks behind him on stage with an Axe FX. Couldn't say if the PRS amps were in use or not, but I'd say his tones were better than Steve's.
Overall, I had a phenomenal time. I don't know of a live performer I would rather watch than Steve Vai.