Incendium and Heavy Metal Magazineannounce the launch of Crystal Planet, created by Joe Satriani and Ned Evett, under all-new music focused OPUS imprint.
A vivid space odyssey where Satchel Walker, a man out of time, finds himself caught between desperate factions as they battle for resources in the perilous orbit of a dying star. In a bold and brutal saga of sentient storms and Wingsuit armies, it’s music, and more importantly the power and emotion that music can conjure, which could bring an end to the conflict, restore harmony to the timestream, and reveal Walker’s true place in the universe.
Crystal Planet begins as a five-issue series. The first print edition of each issue will be released as a prestige format limited edition collectible comic book, featuring cardstock covers, specialty foil treatments, glossy pages, and individual numbering. Each first printing will be limited to 1998 copies at $19.98, and available to order here. The first issue is available to order now and ships March 2021.
“Funny how things get their start” says Satriani “July 1994 I’m on tour with Deep Purple and I’m warming up with my guitar backstage in a bull’s isolation cell at the Plaza de Toros in Gjion, Spain. Then and there I start writing the opening riff to a song that will become Crystal Planet and a few years later it’s the title track for my ’98 album release.” He continues “Fast forward to 2013, friend and fellow guitarist Ned Evett makes an animated sci-fi video for my song Lies and Truth” using artwork from my Joe’s Art 2013 book. We projected that video on a 30ft. screen every night of the Unstoppable Momentum Tour. It was a hit with the fans which got us thinking we could expand the clip into a Crystal Planet sci-fi epic. Ned and I formed Satchtoons, a company focused on creating animated content, and we got to work on scripts and demos for the Crystal Planet pilot. Seven years later, thanks to Llexi Leon and Heavy Metal, here we are with our first comic book series. Llexi and I had worked together on his awesome Eternal Descent comics, and by coincidence we met again when Heavy Metal published a short excerpt of Crystal Planet adapted by Brendon Small for the magazine’s 2019 music issue. Both Ned and I love working with Llexi and the Incendium creative team, they bring so much artistry and expertise to our time-traveling adventure. I am thrilled to finally offer our fans the first full issue of what will ultimately be a three novel trilogy.”
“Crystal Planet is a thrilling rollercoaster through space and time, it’s Mad Max Vs TRON – with guitars. This has been an incredibly rewarding project to bring to fruition, digging deep into the lore behind one of the greatest instrumental rock records. Working with Joe has always been a pleasure, having collaborated in comics with Eternal Descent years ago his love of the medium is well known.” Llexi Leon says, “There was a treasure trove of concepts and character exploration compiled over decades by Joe and his writing partner Ned that formed the basis of this project, with the ultimate goal to take fans on a journey to Crystal Planet for the first time. Tony, Richard, Carlos, and Jacob have done a tremendous job realizing an incredible world and telling it’s story. It’s fitting that our publishing venture with Heavy Metal would begin with a space faring time travel adventure.”
The world of Crystal Planet will extend beyond the printed page into toys and collectibles. A Joe Satriani Crystal Planet action figure is also available to pre-order now for $29.95, featuring Joe in a Tri-Diver suit from the comics with his signature Crystal Planet Ibanez guitar. Shipping May 2021
Crystal Planet credits:
Created by: Joe Satriani, Ned Evett Script: Tony Lee Pencils/Inks: Richard Friend Color: Carlos Cabrera Letters: Jacob Bascle Editor: Llexi Leon
Joe Satriani’s new studio album, Shapeshifting, is set for release on April 10th via Sony Music/Legacy Recordings. The first single, Nineteen Eighty, is available today on all streaming platforms and at rock radio stations nationwide. Full track list is below.
Pre-order packages are also available beginning today. In addition to the CD and standard black vinyl, the D2C store will offer an exclusive translucent blue colored, signed vinyl. Additional offerings will include stemless wine glasses, coffee mugs, koozies, crew socks, guitar picks and a t-shirt – all featuring Joe’s original artwork. Also available, an autographed CD via pre-order with Newbury Comics online retails store. Anyone who pre-orders via the D2C will receive early access to the upcoming US tour, to be announced shortly. To pre-order, please go here.
Satriani enlisted a wide range of collaborators, both old and new, to help him bring the songs on, Shapeshifting, to life. Legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty), bassist Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction) and keyboardist Eric Caudieux were the core musicians on the new album with additional contributions coming from Lisa Coleman (The Revolution) and Christopher Guest.
The retro feeling sounds of first single, Nineteen Eighty finds Satriani spiritually revisiting the time period when he was working with his first band, the Squares. The future guitar hero the world came to know less than a decade later, would have to wait. He recalls that in those early days, they “dialed back the guitar solos and histrionics to try to create a cooler new wave vibe.” Decades removed from those goals, he was free to go forward and attempt to recapture what was on his mind in 1980.
Staying true to the sounds of the time, he even used a vintage MXR EVH phaser. “I’ve always been a huge fan of Eddie Van Halen,” Satriani says. “In my mind, he just crystallized that era. The late ‘70s and early ‘80s, he kind of saved rock guitar. So that’s what I would have been doing.” Listen below.
As previously announced, Satriani will embark on The ShapeshiftingTour beginning April 15th with a 42-date European leg that currently winds up in mid-June. Additional dates, including the U.S., to be announced soon. The 2020 touring band features celebrated drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty), bassist Bryan Beller (Aristocrats) and keyboardist Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc) joining Satriani on guitar. Current Shapeshifting Tour Dates here.
Shapeshifting track listing:
1. Big Distortion 2. All For Love 3. Ali Farka, Dick Dale, an Alien and Me 4. Teardrops 5. Perfect Dust 6. Nineteen Eighty 7. All My Friends Are Here 8. Spirits, Ghosts and Outlaws 9. Falling Stars 10. Waiting 11. Here The Blue River 12. Yesterday’s Yesterday
For two decades, the guitar virtuoso has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star G3 guitar extravaganza. Satriani’s studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide to date and of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them. His side project, Chickenfoot, featuring former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar, former bassist Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith saw their debut album certified gold and their second studio album debuted at number nine.
Another week of TrunkNation kicks off tomorrow with Dirty Honey in studio and I will also world premiere a brand new Joe Satriani song. Joe will even call in to set it up! Hear “1980” from Joe for the first time anywhere tomorrow. It’s all live tomorrow 2-4P EST on channel 106 Volume or on the SiriusXM app. Should be a great way to kick off another week of rock talk. I’ll also be live 5-8P EST tomorrow on SiriusXM 39. I’ll play the Satch song then as well as some other new music premiers and your calls on Hair Nation/TrunkNation.
Don’t forget TrunkFest is airing every morning 7:30A EST on AXS TV. Get caught up on my music festival show. Had a blast doing these!
New podcast this Thursday with Jay Buchanan of Rival Sons & Klaus Meine of Scorpions. As usual all of my podcasts are free and new every Thursday through Apple Podcasts, www.PodcastOne.com and now on Spotify! FYI to hear my podcast via Spotify you do not need a sub to that service!
Monsters of Rock Cruise #10 sets sail this Saturday from FL! I’ve hosted every one and will host this one also. My radio show on SiriusXM will also broadcast live from the ship 2/10-12 with tons of guests. As usual 2-4P ET Live, replay 10-Mid ET, on demand on the SiriusXM app.
Joe Satriani is ready to kick off the new decade with a new album release and world tour. Set for release this spring, Shapeshifting, marks the legendary guitarist’s 18th studio album in his nearly 35-year career in music. More details on the new album to come shortly.
As previously announced, The ShapeshiftingTour opens on April 15th, with a 42 date European leg beginning in Germany and winding up with a trio of mid-June shows in Spain with more dates to be announced soon. The set list for the live show will feature tracks from the newShapeshiftingalbum in addition to many of his classic fan-favorites including SurfingWith The Alien, Always with Me, Always with You and Flying In A Blue Dream. The 2020 touring band features celebrated drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty), bassist Bryan Beller (Aristocrats) and keyboardist Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc) joining Satriani on guitar.
On January 15th, Satriani will be inducted into the 2020 Metal Hall of Fame by his friend and former guitar student, Steve Vai. The ceremony, hosted by television and radio personality, Eddie Trunk, will take place during a non-profit charity Gala whose proceeds go to bringing free drum therapy services to special needs children at specific health facilities and community centers throughout the United States. Other 2020 Metal Hall of Fame inductees include Steve Vai Geoff Tate, Don Dokken, Graham Bonnet and Metal Church while previous Inductees include Judas Priest, Motorhead, Ronnie James Dio, Bill Ward, Mikkey Dee, Randy Rhoads, Scorpions, and Doro Pesch, among other hard rock and heavy metal icons. To see the full list of Metal Hall of Fame Inductees, please visit thehallofheavymetalhistory.org.
On January 16th, Joe and Eddie Trunk will meet up again, this time at LA’s famous Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Blvd for Trunk’s monthly LA Invasion show airing live on SiriusXM 106 Volume channel. The show will air live from 7-9pm PT and replay Friday from 2-4pm ET and 10-midnight ET. It will also be available on the SiriusXM app.
In other Satriani music related news, two sets of Satrianimusic have now been added to streaming platforms. Additional Creations and Bonus Tracks, featuring alternate versions of of four songs from his Engines of Creation album along with 12 other hidden gem bonus tracks join a newly released deluxe edition of his classic 1987 album, Surfing With The Alien (Deluxe Edition), which arrived late last year featuring new artwork and a bonus disc, Stripped – the Backing Tracks. The latter, launched as a limited run for Black Friday’s Record Store Day in November, features the songs from the album with all guitar solos removed. The set also features new artwork with Satriani’s guitar replacing the iconic Silver Surfer on the cover. Said Satriani“Seeing my chrome guitar bursting through a multicolor wormhole seems quite fitting. It’s as if it always belonged there.”
Joe Satriani – The Shapeshifting Tour 2020
4/15 Mainz, Germany Halle 45 4/16 Zurich, Switzerland Volkshaus Zurich 4/18 Karlsruhe, Germany Tollhaus 4/19 Berlin, Germany Huxleys 4/20 Oberhausen, Germany Turbinenhalle 4/21 Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg the Max 4/23 Borgerhout, Antwerp De Roma 4/24 Enschede, Netherlands Muziekcentrum Enschede 4/25 Winterbach, Germany Salierhalle 4/27 Aarhus, Denmark Train 4/28 Odense, Denmark Posten 4/29 Copenhagen, Denmark Amager Bio 4/30 Stockholm, Sweden Fryshuset Arenan
5/2 Oslo, Norway Rockefeller Music Hall 5/5 Warsaw, Poland Stodola Club 5/6 Prague, Czech Prague Congress Centre 5/7 Vienna, Austria Vienner Stadthalle F 5/8 Budapest, Hungary Barba Negra Track 5/10 Bologna, Italy Teatro Europauditorium 5/12 Firenze, Italy Teatro Verdi 5/14 Napoli, Italy Teatro Augusteo 5/15 Lecce, Italy Teatro Politeama Greco 5/16 Roma, Italy Auditorium Conciliazione 5/18 Milano, Italy Teatro Dal Verme 5/19 Nurnberg, Germany Löwensaal 5/20 Heerlen, Netherlands RABOzaal Heerlen 5/22 Bexhill, UK Bexhill De La Warr 5/23 Glasgow, UK O2 Academy Glasgow 5/24 Gateshead, UK Gateshead Sage 1 5/25 Manchester, UK Bridgewater Hall 5/26 London, UK Palladium 5/28 Birmingham, UK Birmingham Symphony Hall 5/30 Gerardmer, France Gerardmer Motordays Festival 5/31 Strasbourg, France La Laiterie
6/2 Paris, France L’Olympia 6/4 Nantes, France Cite des Congres 6/5 Saint-Malo, France La Nouvelle Vague 6/6 Clermont-Ferrand, France La Cooperative de Mai 6/7 Lyon, France Le Transbordeur 6/9 Valencia, Spain Auditorio Casa de Cultura Burjassot 6/10 Madrid, Spain Sala La Riviera 6/11 Barcelona, Spain Sala Barts
More dates TBA shortly…
Since 1987, Satriani’s platinum, dual Grammy nominated album, Surfing With The Alien, has established him as a legend in the music world for over 30 years. Satriani explained his decision to make the stripped version, after years of reluctance for such a work, “When I build a track from scratch it’s a kind of musical alchemy, a mixture of voodoo, mojo, blood, sweat, tears, prayers… and a lot of hard work. I cherish them because of this . . . it’s no wonder I’ve been reluctant to release them (stripped).” Now, he is truly excited about giving this new and exciting versions of his music to the fans, “You can play along with these tracks or just sit back and enjoy the mixes as they are.”
For two decades, the guitar virtuoso has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star “G3” guitar extravaganza. Satriani’s studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide to date and of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them. His side project, Chickenfoot, featuring former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar, former bassist Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith saw their debut album certified gold and their second studio album debuted at number nine.
The next TrunkNation LA Invasion and the first of 2020 is set for next Thursday Jan 16th! As usual it will be live on SiriusXM 106 Volume from the patio at the Rainbow in LA 7-9P Pacific. It will then replay Friday 2-4 and 10-Mid ET on 106 and also be on the SiriusXM app. My guests will include Joe Satriani and more TBA and as usual admission to attend if in LA is free! No ticket or guest list needed, just come by if in town. Hope to see everyone for the first Invasion show of 2020.
My new podcast for this Thursday features and interview with Megaforce Records founder (and my old boss!) Jon Z. Jon talks about his new book and his many discoveries in metal. Free as always www.podcastone.com and Apple Podcasts.
Back to the regular format this weekend for my FM show. Joe Elliott talks Stadium tour and more. On all affiliates usual dates and times.
Tomorrow on TrunkNation my guests include Michael Anthony and Joe Satriani (separate interviews). Join me live daily on SiriusXM Volume 106 2-4P ET, replay 9-11P ET, On Demand on the SiriusXM app.
My new podcast posting Thursday will feature Yngwie Malmsteen and Carmine Appice as guests. Free www.podcastone.com or Apple Podcasts.
The next TrunkNation LA Invasion is July 25th from the Rainbow. Live on SiriusXM Volume 106 6-8P Pacific. If in LA join me, it’s free! Guests TBA.
I’m doing some live club speaking Q&A shows. The first is in my home state of NJ at the Stanhope House in Stanhope. Hope to see many of you out to join me to talk rock and some live Stump The Trunk. All the dates on the home page.
Get well to Dave Mustaine on his battle with throat cancer. The Megadeth cruise is still a go!