|Virgil Donati, Evan Marien|
The first night of this Holdsworth musical-portrait triptych had Allan’s longtime bassist Jimmy Johnson guesting (which I sadly missed), but this final night had Allan’s daughters (Lynne, Louise and Emily) in attendance, which also made the evening very special to the players, I’m sure. No doubt Allan was in the crowd in spirit, looking on with great satisfaction and awe at how music was being carried forward.
|Nir Felder, Virgil Donati|
|Alex Skolnick, Virgil Donati|
- Mr. Spock (w. Nir Felder)
- Non-Brewed Condiment (w. Nir Felder)
- Material Real (w. Alex Machacek)
- Mr. Berwell (Steve Hunt solo)
- Looking Glass (w. Alex Machacek)
- Texas (w. Tim Miller)
- Pud Wud (w. Tim Miller)
- Red Alert (w. Alex Skolnick)
- Metal Fatigue (w. Alex Skolnick, Irwin Thomas)
|Jamie Glaser, Steve Hunt: "Norwegian Wood"|
- "Devil Take the Hindmost" (off "Metal Fatigue", here w. Alex Machacek): Most of Alex's excellent solo employed a harmonizer, which worked very well for this pedal blowing tune.
- "The Sixteen Men of Tain" (here w. Alex Machacek, who told a funny story about the notorious photograph of him passed out with Allan pointing at him)
- "White Line" ("I.O.U.", here w. Tim Miller): Tim’s sound was better in the 2nd set, and it seemed to me that he was also more at ease.
- "Above and Below" ("The Sixteen Men of Tain", here w. Tim Miller): Tim delivered a beautiful rendition of the intro, with Steve taking the solo.
- "Letters of Marque" ("I.O.U.", here w. Alex Skolnick): Killer solo, just fantastic – probably my favorite of the entire evening. He later accidentally came in a bit early before Virgil’s solo spot was done, but Virgil powered on with exclamation marks (it was a live concert, folks).
- "Proto-Cosmos" (Tony Williams Lifetime, "Believe It", w. Alex Skolnick): Skolnick began his solo in this tune with a cleaner guitar tone, but soon ramped up to some high-gain shredding.
- "Fred" (Tony Williams Lifetime, "Believe It", w. Nir Felder)
- "Water on the Brain" ("Road Games", w. Nir Felder)
- "Funnels", "Dodgy Boat" ("Atavachron", "Wardenclyffe Tower", Steve Hunt Solo)
- "Norwegian Wood" ("None Too Soon", Jamie Glaser & Steve Hunt): Jamie Glaser and Steve Hunt do a duo improvisation navigating a jazz version of this classic Lennon/McCartney tune – very emotional and heart-felt playing from both. Not a pin drop could be heard (at least until Virgil Donati joined them, taking things to another level near the end!).
- "Metal Fatigue" (w. Jamie Glaser, Alex Skolnick, Irwin Thomas): A repeat from the first set, but this time with Glaser and Skolnick on double guitar duties. Frankly epic.
|Alex Skolnick, Jamie Glaser, Irwin Thomas|
|"The Chaps", missing Machacek (sorry Alex!)|
Many more photos (as well as a couple brief video clips of Skolnick's "Metal Fatigue" and Machacek's "Devil Take the Hindmost") can be seen here.