They made the effort of coming to Bonn, so it would have been rude not to go and see them.
I probably should know this, but if a gig in Germany says it starts at 6:30, that's when the first band is going to hit the stage. No milling about drinking beer for an hour or two before the first band comes on. Net result, I saw that closing chords of the Aristocrat's set.
Vai was next up. TBH, his recorded output of the last 20 or so years, I can't be bothered with. There was a time that I loved that kind of stuff and could (and did) listen to it endlessly, but not now.
Vai live is a completely different sack of ferrets however. It's the fourth time I've seen him live (first was Donnington '90, last was Alive in an Ultra World). He's always bloody fantastic to watch. The effortlessness of his playing is just a joy to see. A few PAW tracks and a bit of Bad Horsie. Can't go wrong.
Satch up next. I'm the same about his albums as Vai. I think Crystal Planet was the last one that I had any time for. Again, much better live and he does at least have the good grace to look like he's trying. More newer stuff from him (no idea what) but Flying in a Blue Dream, Alway with me, Satch Boogie and Surfing got in there.
First time I've seen the omni talented Mike Keneally. Keyboard, guitar, bit of singing, all three at once at points. I must have another go at some of his own stuff. Why does he dress like he's going straight off on a fishing trip after the gig?
Standard G3 format, they bring it all together with a few unexpected jam tunes at the end (Message in a Bottle, Foxy Lady, Smells Like Teen Spirit). This is obviously the high point as it does really feel like it's improvised and fresh. Nice.
In summary: More fun than a sticky bun if you like that sort of thing.
And I love that sort of thing.