Steve Vai
Live at the Astoria London(DVD)



by CoverHit USER (7 Reviews)
January 20th, 2006 | 11 replies

Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Steve Vai is the guitarist, who everyone knows, some people admire him, some hate him, telling, that the music he plays sucks and that it is boring. I really admire Steve Vai and his guitar playing, but it should be said that some of his music is really difficul to listen to. My Guitar teacher said a very good phrase, that the technique must be your tool, but not your aim. Steve Vai does the opposite, he always needs to shred to show his great technique, and sometimes it is not needed at all.

The show at Astoria is an example of constant shredding. I really like shredders like Paul Gilbert or Joe Satriani but none of their shows is so difficult to watch as Steve's. To begin with, I must say that Steve Vai managed to gather a "dream team". Let's start with Dave Weiner, who is very young but who is already a guitar-virtuoso. Then goes Tony MacAlpine, who is also another guitar-virtuoso, but during this concert he also played keyboards. He also plays solo at the concert, which shows his great skills of a keyboard player. Billy Sheehan, "Van Halen, who plays the bass" also is another star. And Virgil Donati plays drums.

As you see the Steve Vai's band consits only of great musicians. Is it good or bad" Both, actually. You will see great instruments-playing, but you know all of the members want play at their best, very fast, playing some difficult patterns. But it's really difficult to watch it for three hours. I felt exhausted after watching the show.

As for the songs, Vai made a good choice and he plays not only his best songs like "The Crying Machine" or "For the Love of God", he also plays a couple of songs by Jimi Hendrix. Fire and Little Wing to be exact. Steve Vai is actully not a bad singer. You can also hear Billy Sheehan's song "Shy Boy". And a song from Billy Sheehan's solo album "Compression" "Chameleon".Steve Vai and Billy have a duel, both are playing incredibly fast. Dave Weiner plays song from his solo album "Dave Weiner's party piece", but during the most part of the concert he is only a rhythm guitarist. Tony MacAlpine also comes out and plays guitar. By the way, Tony MacAlpine's guitar playing is not worse than Steve Vai's . There are a lot of songs from one of Steve Vai's best albums "Passion and Warfare". You can hear relatively new " Whispering a Prayer" which was nominated for Grammy. So the fans of Steve Vai will be really pleased to see their favourite Steve Vai's songs.

There will be a great variety of musical styles on the DVD. You can hear funky "The Crying Machine", heavy metal "Chameleon" or "Bad Horsie", some ballads like "Blue Powder", some rock and roll "Erotic Nightmares". On the whole, the melodies are very catchy, the riffs are great. The ballads are really beautiful.

Also Steve Vai is the man, who has a good sense of humour. He is constantly joking. He is also speaking with the crowds almost after each song he plays. He is also changing his clothes. For example, for "the heavy-metal section of the show", he puts on clothes, which is similar to the clothes of soe troops fromm different games like "Dune" or something.

In conclusion, I'd like to say that i would really recommend this DVD to all the Steve Vai fans, and to the fans of guitar music, who also play guitar. You will see the incredible playing of the musical instruments. Non-musicians will be really bored to watch the show. But musicians may also be bored to watch the show, because of the fact I've
already mentioned.

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January 20th 2006


You don't need a comma in the first sentence, "Steve Vai is the guitarist" makes no sense on its own. This review is way too short, and doesn't explain anything about Vai besides him being a good guitarist.

January 20th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

I love this dvd

January 20th 2006


Galapogos what the hell are you talking about? Did you not read it? I own this dvd and I think its a great one. At times it does get kind of boring but his playing is amazing. Good review

January 20th 2006


I don't think the review is too short. Nicely done.

January 20th 2006


^tr00f. This review works for me.
Vai is kinda meh for me...

January 20th 2006


Galapogos what the hell are you talking about? Did you not read it?

it was way shorter before.

January 20th 2006


Oh my bad, sorry mate.

January 22nd 2006


Its a shame he didnt play Fire Garden, I would have loved to see that live.

January 29th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

Not a great review. But an amazing DVD. One of the most energetic performances I've ever seen.

Esp Griffyn
April 2nd 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

Not a great review, less than amazing use of punctuation and grammar.

Awesome dvd though, probably the best music dvd Ive had the pleasure of seeing. Everyone is on top form, and they even got Eric Sardinas to come out and play on "The Attitude song"

February 14th 2007


This is one of the best music dvds that i own. It's funny when vai talks about if Jimi Hendrix being alive today.

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