According to an interview posted Aug. 28 at UtSandiego.com, the veteran rock guitar wizard's solo career was in danger of stalling when the Rolling Stone frontman hired Satch to play in his backing band, during Jagger's 1988 Primitive Cool solo tour.
Satriani , who was losing money on his Surfing with the Alien Tour at that point, reveals that Sir Mick showed him the ropes, crediting the singer with being "very generous onstage and in life" and "great with helping people with their careers" explaining, “It gave me a breather from my tour and taught me how to be a solo artist. Because I‘d never played music on stage as a solo artist before and I was winging it."
Satch , who received his own solo spots in the middle of Jagger's shows, as well as his own private dressing room for interviews, adds, " I learned a lot that I applied to my solo career. It was a fantastic year, where I went from obscurity to being in Rolling Stone (magazine), and from selling 200 tickets a night to selling out theaters on my (next) tour.”
Touring in support of his 14th studio album “Unstoppable Momentum,” Satriani will kick off his largest ever tour of Canada this fall, beginning Oct. 4 in Moncton, NB at Casino New Brunswick and wrapping up Oct. 19 in Vancouver, BC at Vogue Theatre.
See Satriani.com for more details.
Did you know? Joe Satriani's breakout 1987 solo album “Surfing with the Alien” went on to sell more than one million copies and became the most successful all-instrumental album by any rock guitarist since Jeff Beck’s “Wired” in 1976.