Disc 1 01. Paint Me Your Face 02. Now We Run 03. Oooo 04. Building The Church 05. Tender Surrender 06. Band Intros 07. Firewall 08. The Crying Machine 09. Shove The Sun Aside 10. I’m Becoming 11. Die To Live 12. Freak Show Excess 13. Apples In Paradise 14. All About Eve 15. Gary 7 16. Beastly Rap 17. Treasure Island 18. Angel Food 19. Earthquake Sky Disc 2 01.The Audience Is Listening 02.The Murder 03. Juice 04. Whispering A Prayer 05. Taurus Bulba 06. Liberty 07. Answers 08. For The Love Of God Taken from a two-hour-and-40-minute sold-out show recorded at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, Where the Wild Things Are is yet another live showcase of meticulously mapped Steve Vai compositions. Much of the material is new, and tested out in front of an unfamiliar but eager audience, with Vai exercising his chops to the limits. It’s a chance for him to bust out every trick in the book: blazing through ridiculously difficult scales, double hand-tapping extravaganzas (where he plays the guitar like a piano), and sick string bends and whammy bombs to the point where his custom Jem neck should be left, imaginably, in the same shape as the rubbery guitar on the cover of Flex-Able. The listening experience is more geared toward frequent guitar clinic attendees than someone seeking background music for a day drive. It’s not easy listening. It’s the kind of stuff that deserves full concentration, and while most will furrow their brows while focusing on the guitar pyrotechnics, the rest
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