Storming onto the music scene nearly a decade ago, Joe Satriani has been widely recognized as the archetypal post-modern hero.

Since his emergence in 1986 with a self-released, self-titled debut album, Joe has become the most recognizable guitar voice of his time, earning his place alongside the great masters of rock guitar. As an instrumental artist in a pop-dominated field, Satriani's accomplishments are even more remarkable: He is perhaps the most successful rock instrumentalist in recent history, selling millions of records and consistently packing concert halls - yet always preserving a strong musical vision, as well as the respect of fellow musicians and forward-thinking music fans worldwide.

Satriani's gift is creating highly evolved instrumental music, using the structure of popular standard songs that allows listeners to latch onto tuneful melodies before being dazzled by his acclaimed musicianship. His hallmarks are a warm, bluesy tone and delicate phrasing, combined with the bursts of superhuman technical facility which upped the ante well beyond the standards set by generations of great rock musicians before him.



Elsewhere on the album, Satriani revisits the familiar sound that demanded the attention of millions of pop fans: "A Train of Angles" creates the joyous pop mood heard in such classic Satriani radio hits as "Summer Song." On new tunes like "Raspberry Jam Delta-V," the melodies escalate into passages so stunning, it's difficult to believe they were performed with just two hands on a single instrument.

Joe Satriani was born in Westbury, New York, and began playing guitar at age 14. By 1971, he was teaching guitar to others, one of his students being Steve Vai. In 1974, Joe studied with two modern jazz masters, guitarist Billy Bauer and pianist/composer Lennie Tristano; four years later, he moved to Berkeley, California, where he began a 10-year guitar teaching career with students including David Bryson (Counting Crows), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Larry LaLonde (Primus), and Charlie Hunter, among others. In 1984, Joe released a self-titled five-song EP on his own Rubina label, and the following year completed his first full-length album Not Of This Earth, which was financed on a credit card and released in 1986 on Relativity Records.

In October 1987, Relativity released Satriani's second album Surfing With The Alien. The record became a global phenomenon, going platinum with sales of over a million copies in the U.S. alone and landing Satriani's face on the covers of such magazines as Guitar Player, Musician, Guitar World, and dozens of other international publications. Surfing With The Alien was a landmark release which showcased the guitarist's stunning array of composing, playing , and producing talents. Consequently and deservedly, it became the most successful instrumental rock record since Jeff Beck's Wired.

Each subsequent Satriani release - including Flying In A Blue Dream, The Extremist, Time Machine and the recent Joe Satriani, which was produced by the legendary Glyn Johns - has drawn great commercial and critical attention. The same seems certain to be the case with Crystal Planet, and it's not just Joe's fans who have been moved by his unique tone and feel: Players from all walks of musical life have been attracted to Satriani's work.

After sitting in with Joe's band at New York's Bottom Line, Mick Jagger recruited Joe in 1988 as lead guitarist for the singer's very first tour apart from the Rolling Stones. Deep Purple tapped into Satriani's mastery when he assumed lead guitar position in the band for its 1994 tours of Europe and Japan. In 1996, the G3 Tour - featuring Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Eric Johnson - played 24 dates to some 90,000 fans across North America, a tour documented on the G3 Live In Concert album and home video (both Epic). In 1997, Joe united with jazz guitar great Pat Martino to record two tracks, "Ellipsis" and "Never and After," for Martino's acclaimed all-star collection All Sides Now (Blue Note); and enlisted in a second G3 summer tour, this one co-starring Steve Vai, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Robert Fripp.

With its cunning marriage of well-structured songs, challenging sonic surprises, moody moments and breathtaking guitar playing, Crystal Planet has all the marks of a great Joe Satriani disc. After a decade of ground breaking work, this is one musician still willing to push the edge of conventional rock beyond what's come before.
 

JOE SATRIANI'S  CHORNOLOGY

July 15, 1956
Born in Westbury New York

1970
First picks up the Guitar

1971
Teaches guitar for next three years at home in Westbury, Long Island (NY). Steve Vai is one of his first students.

September 1972
High School Music teacher Bill Wescott introduces Joe to pitch axis theory.

1974
Self taught for the last four years, Joe takes lessons for three weeks with Billy Bauer in Glen Cove, NY. The same year studies with Lennie Tristano in Queens, NY, for two months.

1978
Begins a 10-year stint teaching at Second Hand Guitars in Berkeley, CA; students include David Bryson (Counting Crows), Kirk Hammett, Charlie Hunter, Larry LaLonde, Alex Skolnick, and others.

1979
Forms pop band The Squares in San Francisco with Jeff Campitelli on drums and Andy Milton bass.

1984
Releases five-song, EP Joe Satriani on the independent label he names after his wife, Rubina. The album contains guitars exclusively.

1985
Completes the tracks for Not Of This Earth, financing the recording on a credit card; introduced to Relativity Records by Steve Vai.

September 1986
Tours with pop-rocker Greg Kihn to make ends meet while awaiting a deal-decision from Relativity.

November 1986
Fifteen months after it's recorded, "Not Of This Earth" is released by Relativity

December 1986
Signed to Relativity Records, Joe is already putting together demos for songs that will appear on Surfing With The Alien.

October 1987
Surfing With The Alien is released (quickly goes gold and platinum)

February 1988
On the strength of Surfing's reception, Relativity does a second pressing of Not Of This Earth (the initial stock had sold out); because the original artwork is lost, a new cover adorns the second run.

February-March, September-October 1988
Interrupts own tour twice to go on road with Mick Jagger.

June 11, 1988
During the Surfing tour three live tracks are recorded for the Dreaming #11 EP (one studio cut - "The Crush of Love," originally recorded for a Guitar Player Flexi-disk-completes the package)

November 1988
Dreaming #11 is released (goes gold and fetches Joe's second Grammy nomination)

October 1989
Flying In a Blue Dream is released (Joe receives third Grammy Nomination and album sells over 750,000 units), and includes Joe's vocals an six of its 18 tracks.

July 1992
Following two intense years of writing and recording, The Extremist is released (immediately goes gold, debuts at 24 on Billboard and gets yet another Grammy nomination); it spawns the hit "Summer Song," which is later used in a Sony Walkman Commercial.

October 1993
The double-CD Time Machine is released: Disc One contains studio out-takes and foreign releases spanning Joe's career, plus four of the five tracks from the original Joe Satriani EP and three new cuts; Disc Two contains 14 live tracks.

October 1994
Time Machine certified gold, and Joe begins his seventh album.

October 11, 1995
Joe Satriani releases his seventh album, self titled "Joe Satriani", produced by Glyn Johns. "(You're) My World" was nominated for a Grammy.

October 1996
The G3 Tour, featuring Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Eric Johnson, played 24 dates to 90,000 fans in North America.

May 1997
G3 featuring Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Adrian Legg, tours Europe.

June 1997
G3 Live In Concert CD and video released.

June 15, 1997
G3 featuring Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Robert Fripp, begins U.S. tour.

November 1997
G3 US Tour with Joe, Steve Vai, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Robert Fripp ends

November 1997
"Merry Axemas" released, featuring Joe's version of "Silent Night".

February 1998
"Ceremony" is released as the first single in the US from the "Crystal Planet" album.

March 1998
Joe's 8th album "Crystal Planet" is released. The album is produced by Mike Fraser {G3, Metallica, AC/DC}.

March 1998
"Summer Song" from the "G3 LIVE" album is nominated for a GRAMMY.

March 1998
CRYSTAL PLANET US TOUR begins. A series of SOLD OUT showcase events featuring a 1 hour segment of CRYSTAL PLANET songs, followed by an hour's worth of classic Satriani hits. Four of these events were NETCASTS from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Chicago.

May 1998
G3 European Tour begins featuring Joe, with Jeff and Stu, Michael Schenker and Ule Jon Roth, with special appearances by Brian May in London and Patrick Rondat in France.

July 1998
Joe, Jeff and Stu begin the 3rd leg of the CRYSTAL PLANET US TOUR .

July 1998
"Train of Angels" released in the US.

June 1999
"Surfing With The Alien" is remastered and repackaged and will be released in late July 1999! No specific date has been set yet. It will be available in your usual traditional record stores as well as through online stores such as CDNow, Amazon, Sony Store, etc. For example, CDNow and Amazon are both already taking advance orders for the 24K Gold Disc.

July 1999
"Surfing With The Alien" Remastered and repackaged releases July 27 1999.

March 2000
"ENGINE OF CREATION" Release in March 14, 2000.

April 2000
Joe, Eric, Stu and Jeff Begin the
ENGINE OF CREATION US TOUR.

June 2001
G3 featuring Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and John Petrucci,
US Tour.

June 2001
Joe Satriani - Live in Sanfrancisco A double-live CD recorded live at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco, CA in December 2000.(release date jun 19, 2001)

June 2002
Joe Satriani - Strange Beautiful Music release Jun 25, 2002.
The guitar virtuoso's eighth studio album is one of the most elaborate recordings Satriani has done to date. The intricacies and the layering of the guitars and bass bring Satriani's famous riff-saturated jams to soaring heights. Strange Beautiful Music includes appearances by Robert Fripp, Matt Bissonette, and Jeff Campitelli.

June 2002
Strange Beautiful Tour - The European shows in July and US Oct-Dec were "evening with Joe" shows, and the Aug/Sep U.S. dates were co-headlining dates with Dream Theater.

October 2003
G3'03 featuring Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, US Tour.

November 2003
The Satch Tapes - DVD release date Nov 18, 2003 (original VHS release date 1993)

November 2003
The Electric Joe Satriani - An Anthology release Nov 18, 2003
This double CD features fully remastered versions of Satch's greatest tunes, along with personal liner notes by Joe for each song. Also of note is the inclusion of "Slick" (previously unreleased) and "The Eight Steps" (previously only available in Japan). The tracks included on this release were directly influenced by votes from Joe's online fan club.

January 2004
Peavey and Joe Satriani create the new JSXô guitar amplifier (The JSX will be available in April 2004 from Authorized Peavey Dealers)

February 2004
G3 Live CD: Rockin' in the free world - A double-live CD recorded live at Denver in Colorado Oct 2004.  (Release Feb 24, 2004)
G3 Live DVD: Live in Denver - DVD release date Feb 24, 2004

April 2004
Joe Satriani release his 9th album "Is There Love In Space" Apr 13, 2004.
Featuring Joe's own vocals on two of the tracks ("Lifestyle" and "I Like the Rain"), Joe -- as always -- continues to push the boundaries of guitar-playing on Is There Love In Space?

April 2004
JSX Joe Satriani Signature Peavey Amp (Release
April 2004)

April - June 2004
Is There Love In Space? Promo in-store

June - July 2004
2004 G3 featuring Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Robert Fripp, Europe Tour.

August - September 2004
Joe Satriani with Deep Purple and Thin Lizzy, US Tour.

October 2004
 2004 Oct 6, An Evening With Joe Satriani tour in US. Joe's lineup for these shows included Jeff Campitelli on drums, Matt Bissonette on Bass, and Galen Henson on rhythm guitar.

November 2004
November - December 2004 ' G3 In south America with Steve Vai and Robert Fripp. Joe's lineup for these shows included Jeff Campitelli on drums, Matt Bissonette on Bass, and Galen Henson on rhythm guitar.

March - April 2005
 An Evening With Joe Down Under and in US. A long-awaited return to Australia and New Zealand, the makeup dates for Joe's bout with pneumonia at the end of 2004 as well as some added shows, including Anaheim that was taped for the webcast.

October 2005
G3 Live In Tokyo DVD and CD  - Release date: Oct, 25 2005.
On May 8, 2005 at the International Forum in Tokyo, Japan, the trio of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and John Petrucci put on their G3 show-a nearly 3-hour show put on for a sold-out crowd of awestruck fans. Having achieved tremendous success and critical praise in their own careers, this tour marked the second time the three influential guitarists have joined forced on the same stage (the first tour with these three happened back in 2001). Continuing with the same successful formula as in years past, fans were treated to individual sets by each guitarists with his own band before joining Satriani and his band on stage for an all-star jam session! The G3 Live In Tokyo DVD is every guitar fan's dream and also features behind-the-scenes at the G3 soundcheck, 5.1 sound, bios and more.

January 2006
New Joe Satriani Signature Collection Straps & Picks From Planet Waves - January 19, 2006
Planet Waves is proud to announce the introduction of the Joe Satriani Signature Collection of guitar straps and picks.
Aside from being one of the worlds best guitarists, with 13 Grammy nominations and ten million albums sold, Joe Satriani is an avid artist who has kept sketchbooks for years, and his guitars are instantly recognizable with their famous artwork. The JS Series of guitar straps and picks feature some of Satrianis own sketches and artwork inspired by his guitars. [ more detail ]

Mar 2006
Joe Satriani release his 10th studio album "Super Colossal" Mar 14, 2006.
Co-Produced by Joe Satriani and Mike Fraser (AC/DC), Super Colossal features Satch performing on all of the guitar and bass parts. Live drums were cut on four tracks by session giant Simon Phillips, the rest were played by Joe's longtime collaborator, Jeff Campitelli. The 13 tracks on the album range from the title track's thundering, foot-stomp beat and intricately textured lead line, to the spiritual intensity of "A Love Eternal" and the raucous, party-down exhilaration of "Crowd Chant."
This year marks Satriani's 20-year anniversary as a solo artist!
His first album, Not Of This Earth, was released in 1986
On the same day of Super Colossal's release, Satriani begins a west coast trek, making special in-store appearances. Soon after, he will launch a full U.S. tour beginning April 1st in Denver, CO.

April - May 2006
Joe Satriani Super Colossal US Tour - Joe Satriani w/ very special guest Eric Johnson
New bassist Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Steve Morse Band, John Petrucci, Vinnie Moore and Planet X) will be joining Joe on upcoming "Super Colossal Tour".

June - July 2006
Super Colossal European Tour with Johnny A supporting.

October 2006
2006 G3 featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci and Eric Johnson Latin America tour.

October 2006
SATRIANI LIVE! 
A double-live DVD & CD, Release Oct 31, 2006 - Recorded live at the Grove in Anaheim, CA May 3 2006. The DVD release includes a treasure trove of bonus footage

December 2006
2006 G3 featuring Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and John Petrucci tour Down Under.

March - April 2007
2007 G3 featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert US tour.

June - July 2007
2007 European Summer Festivals

August 2007
On August 7, 2007 Epic/Legacy Recordings re-release "Surfing With the Alien" to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its release. This will be a 2 disc set that includes a remastered album and a DVD of previously never-before-seen live show filmed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1988

April 2008
On April 1, 2008, Joe Satriani release his 13th solo album, Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock (Sony/BMG). Following the albumís release, Satriani will embark on a worldwide tour, kicking off April 30th in Lisbon, Portugal, before hitting the European market, Australia, South America and finally returning to the U.S. in the fall of 2008.
Professor Satchafunkilus was produced through the creative envisioning of Satriani and John Cuniberti; guiding the musical talents of longtime drummer/percussionist Jeff Campitelli and reknowned bassist Matt Bissonette. A special addition to the albumís artist list is Joeís own son, ZZ Satriani, playing the tenor sax.

 


 

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