PICS: The G3 Tour at Balboa Theatre

The G3 Tour -- featuring Joe Satriani, Phil Collen and John Petrucci -- put rock guitar virtuosity center stage at Balboa Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 20.

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For the unfamiliar, the G3 tour makes its way around the country every year with Joe Satriani and a rotating cast of virtuoso guitarists.
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For its 2018 installment, Phil Collen and John Petrucci joined in.
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Satriani founded the tour in 1995 and kicked it off in 1996 with Steve Vai and Eric Johnson. Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Adrian Legg were opening acts.
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Collen, pictured here, is best known as the lead guitarist for hard rock/metal juggernauts Def Leppard.
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And coincidentally, Def Leppard just announced a San Diego show at Petco Park with Journey on Sept. 23!
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Petrucci is perhaps best known as the founding member of the prog-metal band Dream Theater. He's performed on the G3 tour seven times -- more than any other invited guitarist.
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In 2012, Guitar World magazine ranked Petrucci as the 17th greatest guitarist of all time. (Petrucci shown here with bassist Dave LaRue)
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He's well known for his high-speed alternate picking style which, as he himself claims, requires a "strong sense of synchronization between the two [playing] hands."
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Petrucci's style is also notable for frequent use of the seven-string electric guitar, which he says he uses as a writing tool, taking advantage of the extended range for heavier riffing and to play extended range runs as part of a solo. (Drummer Mike Mangini pictured here)
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He's a long-time user of MusicMan guitars, Mesa Boogie amplifiers, Dunlop, and TC Electronic (he has his own signature models with each).
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Satriani is one of the world's biggest names in instrumental rock. (Drummer Joe Travers, left, and guitarist/keyboardist Mike Keneally, right, pictured)
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He's a 15-time Grammy Award nominee, and has sold more than 10 million albums -- making him the the best-selling instrumental rock guitarist of all time.
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Early in his career, Satriani worked as a guitar instructor and former students included Steve Vai, Larry LaLonde, Rick Hunolt, Kirk Hammett, Andy Timmons, Charlie Hunter, Kevin Cadogan, and Alex Skolnick. (Bassist Bryan Beller pictured)
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In 1988, Satriani was tapped for lead guitar duties on Mick Jagger's solo tour.
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He briefly toured with Deep Purple, and has also been the guitarist for the rock supergroup Chickenfoot since 2008.
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Well done, lads! Until next year's tour...
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