Steve Lukather joins Joe Satriani and Steve Vai for the new G3 2012 tour in Australia and New Zealand

The new G3 2012 tour has set its sights on Australia's Bluesfest and brings along legendary Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, to join virtuosos Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.

Guitar players from outside America have been wishing for G3 to pass their way, and looks like the wish is granted for our lucky guitar player friends in Australia and New Zealand, they are in for a special treat next year. G3 2012 is set to conquer the Land down under.

An exciting aspect of the new G3 2012 tour is the inclusion of 5-time Grammy winner Steve Lukather, a legendary session guitar player, although not the typical shredder that joins G3, he is still a guitar virtuoso nonetheless. He could be labeled as the layman's guitar player because almost anyone with a radio might have heard his guitar playing. Having played for the popular band Toto and with his session and collaborative works with other artists, his influence and reach as a guitar player is far and wide. I am sure he will bring interesting twists into the G3 table.

Steve Lukather joins the formidable duo of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Satriani is the founder of the G3 concept and has been leading the tour since its conception. He is a well known guitar virtuoso with award winning instrumentals that are easily recognizable. Aside from being a critically acclaimed guitar player, he has done the impossible task of bringing in great guitar players to join G3. Dealing with great talents with big egos to play with equally big egos is no easy feat.

Steve Vai on the other hand is the guitar player's guitarist of choice. A former student of Satriani, Vai rose to great heights in the guitar universe with his great, lively and uplifting performances. There are great guitar players that are sadly boring to watch, but Steve Vai is sitting comfortably on the other end of that spectrum, turning his licks into seemingly humorous jokes that stand out each time. Each of this three great guitarists by themselves is enough to fill big venues, so combining the three together might seem to be a bit overkill. But that is what G3 is all about - it is all out - overkill guitar.

The 2012 G3 Trio is scheduled to appear in April of next year at the 23rd Annual Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia. This Bluesfest is an equally big event in itself, gathering other big name artists like Earth Wind and Fire, Buddy Guy, Brian Setzer, Kenny Wayne Shepperd, Johnny Lang and more.

Update: Here is the current 2012 G3 Tour Schedule:

  • 03.24.2012 - Michael Fowler Centre (Wellington, NZ)
  • 03.25.2012 - Logan Campbell Centre (Greenlane, Auckland NZ)
  • 03.27.2012 - Royal Theatre (Canberra, AU)
  • 03.30.2012 - Hordern Pavillion (Sydney, AU)
  • 03.31.2012 - Palais Theatre (Melbourne, Victoria AU)
  • 04.03.2012 - Festival Theatre (Adelaide, South Australia AU)
  • 04.05.2012 - Convention Centre (Brisbane, Queensland AU)
  • 04.06.2012 - Byron Bay Blues Festival (Byron Bay, AU)

For more information about the G3 2012 tour and its schedule, regularly check back here at and also visit for updates.

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Please come to Ohio! Not

Please come to Ohio! Not only are we the rock and roll capital of the world, but we love G3 and the unbelievable talents that combine to complete such a mastery of the guitar! I am especially stoked to see Steve Lukather take the reigns front and center stage. Wow!!! It just doesn't get any better than this! Again! Please invade Ohio! We love you! See you September 24, 2012 at the House of the Blues in Cleveland Ohio Mr. Vai! I will be the biggest, grey haired, guy in the front row! Please toss me a pick or two!!! You can't miss me!! God bless you and have a safe tour!

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