Three world class guitarists — and even beyond the realms of intergalactic boundaries as far as the music that exudes from their guitars is concerned — performed at Toronto’s Massey Hall last week. Joe Satriani brought his G3 tour through town, accompanied on stage by Phil Collen (of Def Leppard), as well as John Petrucci (of Dream Theater).

These guitarists make their instruments absolutely sing on an individual level, but get the three of them playing together at the same time, well, now you’re talking pure magic. Each musician played an individual set show-casing their unique styles of playing. Phil Collen with his band Delta Deep started the evening off with some real southern fried blues. It was down and dirty, raunchy and GOOD!

Next on stage was John Petrucci with his band for a set of incredibly technical heavy metal; headbangin’ and kick-ass rock tunes were to be had! And then came Joe Satriani! The sounds that come out of this man’s guitar are nothing short of amazing. I swear there were moments when I heard the guitar singing to him, with a human voice.

Finally, all three guitar virtuosos hit the stage together to a standing ovation. When they played together, accompanied by Debbi Blackwell-Cook on vocals, it was sheer joy in the faces of the crowd.

Phil Collen’s Set List:

01. Quadrant 4
02. Yo 2 Joe
03. Bless These Blues
04. Burnt Sally
05. Mistreated
06. Down In The Delta

John Petrucci’s Set List:

01. Wrath Of The Amazons
02. Jaws Of Life
03. The Happy Song
04. Damage Control
05. Glassy-Eyed Zombies
06. Glasgow Kiss

Joe Satriani’s Set List:

01. Energy
02. Catbot
03. Satch Boogie
04. Cherry Blossoms
05. Thunder High On The Mountain
06. Super Funky Badass
07. Cataclysmic
08. Circles
09. Always With Me, Always With You
10. Summer Song

G3 Jam Set List:

01. Highway Star
02. Superstition
03. Going Down