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.  


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 "Sufing 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.

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

Jun 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)

Jun 2002 Joe Satriani - Strange Beautiful Music realease 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.

Joe Satriani - Strange Beautiful Music

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