Joseph Satriani, a good Italian boy born in Westbury, New York decided he was quitting his high school football squad, to become a guitarist following his hearing of the death of the late, great Jimi Hendrix. This wizard went on to study Jazz with Billy Bauer and other greats, but Lennie Tristano was a heavier influence on Joe's style. Steve Vai attended the same high school and Vai was Mr. Satriani's star student. Teaching from your soul there is no better way to thrive and grow within your craft, in that you learn at the same time.
In 1978, a move to Berkley launched his career pursuit and Joe never looked back. Some of his students are some of the best in modern music: Kirk Hammett of Metallica, David Bryson of Counting Crows, Kevin Cadogan from Third Eye Blind, Larry LaLonde of Primus and Possessed, to name a few. His music is heard on so many soundtracks and film scores. This man's resume reads like a royal scroll and here are some links to get you started: dicography and music samples; youtube shuffle; just the facts. Joe Satriani has released fourteen solo albums and played endless guest spots on other artists' projects and compilations. He is hailed as one of the most technically accomplished and widely respected guitarists to emerge in recent times.
This masters style is recognizable immediately to seasoned ears, that lightning speed, liquid flow of electricity from his fingers on metal strings is uniquely natural and just completely grabbing. The sound takes you on a ride, it's not just a song. The notes hit the air like a round of ammo being released from a chamber and the possibilities are endless in his control of both the speed and shape of the music he shares. His song and album titles honing a science fiction reference with: "Surfing with the Alien," "Back to Shalla-Bal," and "The Power Cosmic 2000", to name a few. Why not a space theme, when your sound travels at the speed of light? A few songs this fan hopes to hear are her faves: "Always with Me, Always with You", "Summer Song" and "Why", but with this library there are no bad selections! It is a treat to watch this artist transcend through his craft, right before your eyes. The guitar is an extension of him, a definite must see.
Mr. Satriani is currently on tour supporting his fourteenth release Unstoppable Momentum and he is joined by: veteran band mate Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai) on keyboards, along with an entirely new rhythm-section, featuring bassist Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Dweezil Zappa) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Adrian Belew, Steve Wilson). This particular show is on the anniversary of September 11th and the National Anthem will bring tears, but also being from New York, Satriani's style will shine like the mecca New York shall always be and make a grand tribute!
Fresh off the successful European leg of tour this stopping in seventeen countries total, this crew started the end of August on the west coast of our fine nation, traveled along the southern boundaries and dips into Florida for a few days. Next it is up home to the northeastern corner of the U.S.and into Canada, before a few dates with Living Colour back on the west coast, come the end of October. So, if you can get some tickets, there are plenty of opportunities to see this gifted wizard lay down some of the best guitar possible.
The tour stops at The Ruth Eckerd Hall, in Clearwater, Wednesday evening September 11, 2013. Show is set to launch around 8:00 PM. Tickets are still available and you may get them right here. There are three other Florida dates and you may view all tour dates here. The Ruth Eckerd Hall is a performing arts hall and the acoustics and sound are rather good, this show will be one to catch!
After nearly thirty years, Joe Satriani is not even close to slowing down. There is said to be a new Chickenfoot project working, which is in conjunction with Sammy Hagar, Chad Smith and Michael Anthony and also a book entitled: ‘Strange Beautiful Music’, for which, Brian May wrote the Foreward. So between this tour, new music and the coming book there should be plenty more of Joe Satriani for us all to enjoy.
We are very fortunate to photograph this show, so be sure to stay tuned for the show review and image slideshow! Special thanks to Michelle Gutenstein and the Satriani camp for this great opportunity, looking forward to the show!!!