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House of Blues; Hollywood; 03/98

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Although Satch is a now as bald as a cueball, there's no question that rock is still in his heart. Satriani burned through almost two hours of material, including, as he put it, "most of" his latest CD, "Crystal Planet." What's amazing about a Joe Satriani show is that you're riveted throughout, sans vocals and sans frontman preening. This is MUSIC we're talking about here, folks, and musical prowess. Satriani is one of the great hard rock guitarists of all time and the fact that his music can communicate so clearly without lyrics or vocals is something to see indeed. The sold-out crowd loved it as well, swinging their hips and banging their heads to the rhythm and appearing as though each and everyone of them had memorized "Crystal Planet."

A few words about the venue: We love the House of Blues in Hollywood. The atmosphere, the layout, the food, the drinks. It's a terrific place to see a show. The sound is great and there's no better place to see your favorite bands in an intimate setting.

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