May 3, 2015 - W2 Poppodium, Den Bosch (NL)
G3 is a concert tour organized by guitarist Joe Satriani featuring him alongside two other guitarists. Since its inception in 1995, G3 has toured most years and has featured many guitarists, including Steve Vai. Now in Great Britain a same kind of concert concept has been realised. It got the name GB3 and consists of three British virtuoso guitarists. The project originated in 2014 when guitarist and keyboard player Dave Bainbridge (Iona), guitarist Paul Bielatowicz (Carl Palmer Trio, Neal Morse) and guitarist
The set was going to be divided in three different musical parts in which each guitar player was going to be in the spotlight. Plus an extra final set where everybody would join in.
Dave BronsThe whole musical spectacle was opened by the shortest set of all. During the first half hour the spotlight was most of all on Dave Brons. He was given his first guitar in 1991 and since that time he can't live without his instrument. He is really looking forward to release his album Based On A True Story later on in 2015. An album to be produced by Dave Bainbridge. During his set he was accompanied by the earlier mentioned rhythm section plus Dave Bainbridge behind the keyboards. Thanks to Dave's keyboard contributions the music had a lot of progressive rock influences. Most of all songs such as Miracle Maker, Crucified and Voyager turned out to be very pleasant for lovers of this genre. However it didn't mean the other songs were less enjoyable. No way! Also the introductions in between the songs turned out to be rather funny from time to time. Like when Brons talked about Desert Rose, which took him twenty years to compose. But he stated it wouldn't last that long to play. After this first set of excellent performed instrumental music it was time for the second guitar maestro.
Paul BielatowiczPaul Bielatowicz's first love was gymnastics and he got his first guitar around the age of seven. Soon after that he took classical guitar lessons for one year. Therefore it seemed a bit strange that the whole set, based around his guitar playing, was to be included classical compositions. Well I guess his love for this style of music was always present when he started to become a professional guitar player with the Carl Palmer Trio and Neal Morse. During his set he was accompanied by bassist Simon Fitzpatrick and drummer John Biglands. They most
Dave BainbridgeDave Bainbridge was without a doubt the most well known musician on stage. Most of the audience known him as the guitarist and keyboard player in the UK based Celtic folk/rock/ambient band Iona, which he co-founded in 1989 with David Fitzgerald. The reason that he is a very gifted and talented musician lies probably in the fact that he already started piano lessons at the age of 8 and guitar
GB3Now with everybody on board the real party started. First a piece titled Voyagers Return. It was a great track with first a strong dual guitar part between Brons and Bielatowicz. Followed by some great piano parts done by Bainbridge. Even Fitzpatrick got some room to shine on his instruments. Next was Paul Bielatowicz in the spotlight for his solo. Followed by Dave Bainbridge. He got a chance to
Anybody who has witnessed one of the two shows GB3 did in the Netherlands during the first weekend in May of 2015 can tell you they have witnessed something unique! Five excellent, kind and most of all very talented musicians gave performances on their instruments that made the jaws drop of the people in front of them. I was glad I was one of them! Just amazing!
Henri Strik (edited by Astrid de Ronde)
Setlist Dave Brons:Star
Setlist Paul Bielatowicz:Flight Of The Bumblebee (Rimsky-Korsakov)
William Tell Overture: Finale (Rossini)
Toccata And Fugue In D minor (J.S. Bach)
Clair De Lune (Debussy)
The Four Seasons (Vivaldi)
Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart)
Piano Sonata No. 14 (Moonlight), Presto Agitato (Beethoven)
GB3 by Angelo Hulshout
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Setlist Dave Bainbridge:Over The Waters
Veil Of Gossamer
Songs Of Ascent Part 2
Angel Of God
Heaven's Bright Sun
Setlist GB3:Voyagers Return
Line up GB3:(left to right)
drums and percussion
electric guitar and additional keyboard
electric guitar and keyboards
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