Concert Review: G3 with Joe Satriani, John Petrucci and Phil Collen electrifies Moore Theatre crowd

G3 2018: Joe Satriani

2018 kicked off with the one and only Joe Satriani bringing his G3 2018 tour into the Moore Theatre to a packed house. Satriani has been touring with an amazing lineup of fellow guitarists since 1996 and this year’s lineup featured John Petrucci of Dream Theater and Def Leppard’s Phil Collen.

Phil Collen opened up the show with an impressive mix of hard rockin’ electric blues that was downright funky. With drummer Forrest Robinson and bassist Craig Martini, Collen played with passion and force. Joined later in the set was singer Debbi Blackwell-Cook who really brought together their unique brand of blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll. Cook fronts Collen’s other side project, the bluesy Delta Deep and she’s also the Godmother of Phil’s wife Helen. 

G3 2018: Phil Collen

Next up was John Petrucci from Dream Theater and other side projects like Liquid Tension Experiment. Joining Petrucci was Dream Theater’s drummer Mike Mangini and bass player Dave LaRue. These guys simply took it to another level with some amazing guitar wizardry.  Man it was really something else!

G3 2018: John Petrucci,

The headliner for these G3 performances is one of the premier electric guitar players on the planet. Joe Satriani plays with an energy and style that grabs you and doesn’t let go. His music is the ultimate in instrumental guitar. Joining Satriani on this tour is Bryan Beller on bass, Joe Travers on drums and Mike Kenneally on guitar and keyboards.

G3 2018: Joe Satriani

To close out the evening Satriani brought out Petrucci and Collen for three encores with Blackwell-Cook on vocals, singing Deep Purple’s “Highway Star”, Steve Wonder’s “Superstition” and the blues rock classic “Going Down”, written by Don Nix which was made famous by Freddie King and Jeff Beck.

G3 2018: Joe Satriani, Phil Collen, John Petrucci

It had been a long time since I’ve been to a guitar rock metal show. My tastes in this genre tend to flow towards King Crimson, Adrian Belew and Buckethead. It was great to see so many fans in the audience that loved every aspect about this show. And it was great to spend time with some of my fellow photographers in Seattle who cover the hard rock scene more than I do. What a great way to jump start 2018.

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Peter Dervin

Peter Dervin Bio I was born in Los Angeles, raised on BOSS Radio KHJ 930AM listening to the Real Don Steele, grew up listening to Dr. Demento on KMET 94.7, graduated to Rodney Bengenheimer on KROQ-FM. Started collecting records in high school, I haven’t stopped. Moved to the Northwest in 1989. Became a disc jockey and program host on 90.7 KSER in Everett, I was there for 18 years. Owned a record shop from 1993-1995 called Orbit Records. Mike McCready from Pearl Jam bought a PJ 45 from me. I wrote music reviews for a monthly called “The Taste of Everett”. I was Editor of a trade publication called the “Northwest Landscape Professional” I had always been photographing at the concerts I’ve attended. In 2010, the Grateful Dead used my photos from 1980 on a Road Trips CD release. I then began the journey of taking my photography to the next level. I have photographed a who’s who of musicians, bands and artists. From Los Lobos to DEVO and everything in between. You can see my portfolio at

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