Concerts Lecce – Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani - Politeama Greco Theater - May 15 2020

Early in his career, Satriani worked as a guitar teacher. Many of his alumni have gained fame, such as: Steve Vai, Larry LaLonde, Rick Hunolt, Kirk Hammett, Andy Timmons, Charlie Hunter, Kevin Cadogan and Alex Skolnick. Satriani was recruited by Mick Jagger as a solo guitar for his first solo tour. In 1994, Satriani went on tour with Deep Purple. As a guitarist he collaborated with a number of guitarists during the G3 Tour, which he founded in 1995. His G3 collaborators included Vai, LaLonde, Timmons, Steve Lukather, John Petrucci, Eric Johnson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Brian May, Patrick Rondat, Paul Gilbert, Adrian Legg, Steve Morse and Robert Fripp is currently the guitarist for the Chickenfoot supergroup. Satriani has used their signature guitars, the Ibanez JS Series, which are sold in music stores around the world. He also collaborated with Vox to create his own wah, delay, overdrive and distortion, as well as a collaboration with Marshall Amplification for the creation of his own signature series head, the JVM410HJS.

Satriani performs in Aarhus in 2016

His first real album (Not of This Earth) was released only in 1986, moreover at first financed directly by the guitarist. Finally, thanks to his former student Steve Vai, he will find an agreement for publication with Relativity Records. The success comes with the second album produced by the same record company and titled Surfing with the Alien, then elected best guitar album of the year, for which the artist receives the platinum record. Around those years he played in Italy with professors of classical and rock music such as Al Di Meola and Luca Accogli.

In 1988 Satriani was called by Mick Jagger to replace Jeff Beck as guitarist for his first tour without the Rolling Stones. After the tour, a very important experience as Satriani himself will declare, in the same year he made his third album Dreaming # 11 (with studio tracks and live tracks) for which he received the gold disc and the following year he made another album Flying in a Blue Dream, where in some tracks we also have his voice, followed in 1992 by what is still his most appreciated album by critics: The Extremist.

In 1993 he released Time Machine (live record plus studio record). In late 1993 until early 1995 he was with Deep Purple to replace Ritchie Blackmore who had left the band halfway through a tour, also in December 1994 he recorded with them a song in the studio “Purpendicular waltz” which following the recordings of that album will be concluded in the summer of 1995 with their definitive guitarist Steve Morse. In early 1995, after leaving Deep Purple, he released Joe Satriani, an album with a more bluesy sound and which stands out from his previous works. In March 1998 Joe Satriani recorded his eighth album Crystal Planet. In 2000 the album Engines of Creation comes out with clear influences of electronic music. As Satriani himself will say, “one cannot fail to consider Prodigy’s music”.

Since 1996 Satriani has started the G3 project, a series of tours in which Steve Vai and Eric Johnson perform with Satriani. Subsequently, together with Satriani in the G3 project, other guitar virtuos alternated such as Yngwie Malmsteen, John Petrucci, Robert Fripp, Paul Gilbert, Steve Morse. The concert usually includes a first part in which each guitarist proposes his own pieces, followed by a jam in which the three give free rein to their verve improvising on very famous pieces such as Voodoo Child or Smoke On The Water. During his career Satriani has also collaborated with many other artists including Blue Öyster Cult, Alice Cooper, Stuart Hamm, Pat Martino, Spinal Tap and Ian Gillan. In 2009 he founded the Chickenfoot group together with Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony of Van Halen. The superband released their debut album in Europe on June 5, 2009 for the earMusic label (Edel group). In the summer of 2010 he enters the studio to record his thirteenth album, which will be released in October of the same year with the title “Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards”. On February 20, 2013 with a message on its official website announces the release of the fourteenth album, entitled Unstoppable Momentum, anticipated on April 9 by the song A Door Into Summer, released in May. The 12 May 2015 announces the fifteenth studio album Shockwave Supernova, anticipated by the homonymous single. In 2017 he collaborates with the German musician Marco Minnemann in some songs later included in the Borrego album.