Joe Satriani & Dan Patlansky @ 02 Apollo
What an extra-special treat. Not just because I was seeing one of the biggest guitar legends in the business, Joe Satriani. I was also seeing one of the futures best prospects in Dan Patlansky. The venue filled up quick as people got to their seats. The atmosphere was fantastic and people were really excited to see the show. Satriani has made such an impact on the world of music over the last two decades and Patlansky is a young up and comer, it almost felt like a passing over the torch. The stage was set and the music was about to begin.
There’s guitarists out there that imitate their heroes and then you have someone like Dan Patlansky who takes what the greats do, throws it away and starts again from scratch. As he took to the stage, the crowd settled in and we were greeted with the immense sound that was Patlansky and his band. They were an interesting band, I’ve always been a fan of the traditional 3 piece blues rock and they didn’t fail to deliver. Their music just filled the Apollo and completely took my breath away. Patlansky’s solos were absolutely fantastic. Such intricacy and skill in every single note, he formed amazing melodies that were so entertaining to watch. His band formed a great framing device for Dan's talent to shine through. You could really tell that he knew his instrument as he was looking for new ways to make noises from it. From using the guitar to make sweeping mellow tunes to making crazy noises by manipulating the strings in such a bizarre fashion. Yes it is really hard to describe but trust me, you have never seen anything quite like it. Patlansky put on one hell of a performance and very satisfying that left the crowd in wonder of how Satriani was going to follow it up.
How to describe what I witnessed. Extravagant? Soul Chilling? Mind Blowing? To be honest there are very few ways I can actually describe the show. Satriani burst out so much material and band complimented him brilliantly. The sound was warm and and filled the Apollo and the audience’s atmosphere was amazing and you truly felt apart of something. With the new album dropping this year I was very eager to hear how he would work the new songs in the set and with two hours to play around with, he certainly gave the crowd a good mix. Opening on the blistering new song Shockwave Supernova Satch captured my interest almost immediately. His sheer skill and talent burst out of the speaker. The thick tone sounded great sounded great and the live production. His band consisted of Bryan Beller on bass, Marco Minnemann on drums and the unbelievably gifted Mike Keneally on keyboards, guitars who matched Satch blow for blow on everything he did. I don’t know what’s more impressive shredding a guitar or shredding a keyboard.
The set included mega hits like If I Could Fly, Always With Me, Always With You and Satch Boogie which got the crowd moving and air guitaring in their seats. Satch was ever the showman and had an amazing presence. He just completely owned the stage. Coming from the point of a guitar nerd this was a great show, such a chilled out atmosphere. It was just a case of switching off your brain and just enjoying the insanity that was in front of you.
Yes, I had an amazing time at this show Patlansky show the way of the future for guitaring and Satch showed off the last 20 years of pure skill and raw talent. I more than just enjoyed this show… I respected it.
Words: Mick Birchall | Photos: Frederick Apps