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Ladies and gentlemen, may we introduce you to you once again the world’s most commercially successful solo guitar performer, JOE SATRIANI. The legendary guitarist returns to New Zealand this December, thirty years after his first tour here in 1988, with Mick Jagger, bringing his latest album and world tour What Happens Next to Kiwi fans.
Joining Joe Satriani on stage for his New Zealand tour are:
Mike Keneally Keyboards and Guitars (previous tours include Steve Vai and Frank Zappa )
Bryan Beller Bass (Dethklok Aristocrats )
JoeTravers Drums (previous tours include Zappa Plays Zappa /Duran Duran)
Inspired to pick up the guitar by Jimi Hendrix, Satriani, an Italian-American native of New York state, has released a staggering 16 solo albums over his career – earning him six gold and platinum discs, 15 Grammy nominations, and album sales in excess of 10 million units worldwide – whilst never losing his focus on dedicating himself to the artistry of his instrument, the guitar.
His stunning new album “What Happens Next” is the most accessible, straightforward rock album he’s ever made.
To create this next stage in his musical evolution Joe Satriani enlisted the help of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith, Chickenfoot bandmate, Deep Purple bassist and longtime friend Glenn Hughes and producer Mike Fraser to write a fresh, immediate and lively rock n’ roll record. Its set pulses with a vibrant drive from the dynamic opening track ‘Energy,’ to the stomp of ‘Catbot,’ the majestic crunch of ‘Thunder High On The Mountain,’ and spiritual grace of ‘Righteous’. Shedding the protective veneer and personas found in “Shockwave Supernova” provided clarity and confidence for Satriani to simply write about bare feelings – representing a person living and breathing in the world today.
While still a teenager, Satriani taught other budding six-string hopefuls including Steve Vai, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and Larry Lalonde from Primus. Since his 1986 debut release “Not Of This Earth” and the breakthrough follow up, “Surfing With The Alien,” Satriani’s legendary status has been firmly cemented in rock ‘n’ roll fame for more than four decades.
His early beginnings in San Francisco groups, The Squares and The Greg Kihn Band, gained him an ever-growing reputation that caught the attention of Mick Jagger – who invited Joe to be his lead guitarist on his first-ever solo tour in 1988 – Joe’s first tour of Australia.
He is featured on albums by everyone; from Spinal Tap, The Yardbirds, even Alice Cooper, and has toured the world with his own band, with Deep Purple, and with his the all-star band, Chickenfoot – made up of bandmates such as former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and singer Sammy Hagar.
Then there is his group tour project, G3, long one of the most anticipated guitar events on the world touring calendar.
Beyond the stage and out of the studio, Satriani’s credits include features on the big screen, first in the 2006 release “For Your Consideration” by Christopher Guest and 2011’s “Moneyball” starring Brad Pitt. Not to mention designing and endorsing guitars, amplifiers and effect pedals for Marshall, Vox and Ibanez – his signature JS Series becoming one of Ibanez’ most popular and consistent sellers.