A Moving Experience June 19, 1997
Written by Rick Mascarini
(my wife and I) traveled from Saratoga NY to Hartford CT during the
afternoon thinking (no, knowing) that we could miss Robert’s
performance. We arrived at 4:30PM with plenty of time to spare. Our
tickets stated the show was to start at 7PM - I asked a parking
attendant what time the gates opened - 5:30PM he told us. Enough time
for a quick ride through Hartford to find a coffee shop. A bonus,
Coffee and Bagels (with our favorite Hummus topping) fit the bill.
back the Meadows Music Center and standing at the entrance we could
hear Robert starting a ’Scape’ up. Gates opened and onward we went to
our seats. About 12 rows back, dead center from the stage.
is off to our left standing next to his guitar rig talking to a guitar
tech for one of the other bands, he is tuning/repairing someone’s
are now starting to file in - not many, everyone thinks the show is
starting at 7PM. Every now and then, Robert picks up one of two guitars
and adds more to the loop or morphs it a bit more. There appeared to be
some technical problem whenever Robert tried to use certain effect like
panning w/Delay: the sound system would overload the soundscape causing
tremendous distortion - it was to plague the performance throughout the
would play for short periods of time then put the guitar down and walk
off to the side of the stage to take the sound in, talk with stage
personnel, have a drink and survey the audience (what there was of
one.) There probably wasn’t more than one hundred people there. At one
point I believe he was talking w/ Bill Forth (Ten Seconds fame) as he
is acting as tour manager for Robert during the G3 tour of the US.
amusing item (at least from our point of view - probably not from
Robert’s) was during a part where a new guitar part was being added to
the loop, Robert stopped and moved toward the front of the stage to
kindly ask two, maybe three security guards, who were talking up a
storm to move their discussions elsewhere. This appeared to have put
them off guard and they did stop for a short period of time. But they
persisted and moments later, Bill Forth walks out in front of the first
row of seats and again, asks if they would take it somewhere else.
After what appeared to be some very interesting discussions / looks
between the guards, Robert, and Bill Forth, they finally moved and went
their own ways. Robert then sat back down and applied more sound to the
this went on until about 7:25PM until finally Robert picked up his
personal belongings, a guitar and left the stage to a small round of
applause. By this time the crowd had grown to 7-8 hundred and most were
unaware of what just took place during the preceding two hours.
music: Such splendor hearing these soundscapes live !! They take on a
form all their own. We put our feet up on the seats in front of us and
just let our thoughts take us. So peaceful at times, so terrifying at
others and everything between.
parts of the performance we’d walked around to gauge the sound and
effect from different points in the amphitheater. Robert would build up
walls of sound from chords played in rapid picking fashion across his
guitar then allow the delay to transform them into washes of voice-like
whispers - Similar, yet different to various soundscapes that are
available through DGM.
minus the one technical problem I mentioned earlier (and the
interesting Security/Performer interlude) an outstanding two hours of
each of the G3 performances (Sheppard, Vai and Satch) Robert could be
seem standing in the wings bopping along to a song or two from each
performer’s set. Joe Satriani’s set being the most interesting of the
three (main G3) performances given. Joe was quick to introduce the main
principles, including Robert, for the encore - a romp through blues
based guitar club band mainstays: "Goin’ Down", "You Really Got Me"
"Red House" and "My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama." Robert coped the
good ’ol Hammond B3 organ parts, quite tastefully I might add -
throwing the audience for a ’loop’ (no pun intended!) - and adding a
few surprises in as well. At times a bit difficult to hear in the mix,
but still fun and all seemed to be having a grand time.
a conclusion: See the soundscape performance for yourself - a personal
moving experience and one I wouldn’t have missed. Be sure to arrive
early enough as we did, like I said, I knew (a feeling) we had to get
there early. I will make a point to see future performances of
Robert’s, whatever the setting. It’s a matter of trust.
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