World-renowned guitar virtuoso, Joe Satriani, announces the release of his 16th solo album, What Happens Next, set for release, January 12th, 2018 on Sony/Legacy Recordings. Just a day prior to the album release, Satriani revives his G3 tour entity, inviting Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and Def Leppard lead guitarist, Phil Collen to join him. The G3 tour launches on January 11th in Seattle, WA and continues across the U.S. before winding up on February 25th in Milwaukee, WI. There is a special tour pre-sale promotion giving fans the opportunity to buy concert tickets with the new album as well as VIP packages. Visit for more information, pre-sale opportunities and specific market pre-sale and on-sale dates.

The new, instrumentally electrifying album features a power trio of legendary status; Satriani on guitar and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/Black Country Communion) and drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), the latter reuniting with Satriani for the first time since their work in the supergroup Chickenfoot. Satriani is once again joined by producer/engineer/mixer Mike Fraser, his frequent collaborator over the last 20 years, on What Happens Next. Fraser is well-known for recording/mixing every AC/DC album since 1990’s The Razors Edge along with his classic works with Satriani going back to the release of Crystal Planet in 1998.

These new tracks literally vibrate the soul with an energy rarely found these days. From the dynamic opening track, Energy, to the majestic crunch of Thunder High On The Mountain, and the easy, sensual cords of Smooth Soul. This unparalleled rock-rhythm section gives What Happens Next a depth of groove that sets it apart from Satriani’s other work.

Since its debut in 1996, Satriani’s G3 tour has featured the world’s greatest guitarists (everyone from Steve Vai and Eric Johnson to Steve Lukather and Robert Fripp) and has become a consistent concert hall sell-out attraction in the U.S., South America, Europe, Australia and Japan. “I could say that I’m surprised at the durability of G3 and how much it’s grown, but in a way I’m not,” he says with a laugh, “I think part of its charm and its mojo is in the chemistry of having three top guitarists share what they do on stage. It’s fun, it’s unpredictable, it’s wild – it’s everything you could want in a show.”

In addition to this new album and exciting tour news, a new documentary “Beyond the Supernova” shot by Satriani’s filmmaker son, ZZ, makes its debut at the Mill Valley Film Festival this October. The tour documentary chronicles Joe, along with his band and crew, on their last “Shockwave Supernova” tour throughout Europe and Asia.

Satriani’s Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir first released in May 2014 will now be available in paperback. Pre-orders are available now with the official release on November 7th. The paperback version includes a new chapter focusing on Satriani’s last album, Shockwave Supernova. Read an excerpt from the new chapter here.

What Happens Next track listing:

1 – Energy
2 – Catbot
3 – Thunder High On The Mountain
4 – Cherry Blossoms
5 – Righteous
6 – Smooth Soul
7 – Headrush
8 – Looper
9 – What Happens Next
10 – Super Funky Badass
11 – Invisible
12 – Forever And Ever

2018 G3 Tour featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci & Phil Collen itinerary:


11 The Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
12 Historic Elsinore Theatre Salem, OR
13 Grand Sierra Theatre Reno, NV
14 Fox Theater Oakland, CA
16 Delta Hall at Eccles Theater Salt Lake City, UT *
17 Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, NV
18 Mesa Arts Center Mesa, AZ *
19 Orpheum Theatre Los Angeles, CA
20 Balboa Theatre San Diego, CA
21 Fox Tucson Theatre Tucson, AZ *
24 Historic Paramount Theatre Denver, CO
25 Uptown Theater Kansas City MO *
26 The Pavillion at The Toyota Music Factory Irving, TX *
27 Austin City Limits – Moody Theater Austin, TX
28 Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Houston, TX *
30 Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL *
31 Florida Theatre Jacksonville, FL *


1 Pompano Beach Amphitheatre Pompano Beach, FL*
2 Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall Fort Myers, FL *
3 Mahaffey Theater St. Petersberg, FL *
6 Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Raleigh, NC
8 Toyota Presents Oakdale Wallingford, CT *
9 Landmark Theatre Syracuse, NY *
10 Palace Theatre Albany, NY *
11 The Palace Theatre Greensburg, PA *
14 Warner Theatre Washington, DC *
15 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA
16 Beacon Theatre New York, NY *
17 Merriam Theater Philadelphia, PA
18 New Jersey Performing Arts Center Newark, NJ *
20 Auditorium Theatre Rochester, NY *
21 Massey Hall Toronto, ONT
22 Hard Rock Live Northfield, OH
23 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL *
24 State Theatre Minneapolis, MN
25 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI

(All dates on sale September 22nd except * on-sale October 6th)
More Dates TBA

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  • Taskerofpuppets on

    Hell yea, I’ll be there for sure in Salem. Kick ass to hear he has a new album.

  • Keith G on

    Joe Satriani is such a MONSTER on guitar! Would love to see the G3 tour, if it comes to this area. But I sure hope that Joe and Chad S. can get back together with Sammy and Michael for one more Chickenfoot album!

    • Doug R. on

      Sammy turns 70 on 10/13, so hopefully Joe will be down in Cabo to celebrate Sammy’s birthday bash. Everybody jams at the bash, so if we’re lucky, maybe out of that jam will come the beginnings of a new Chickenfoot album, that would be great! Cabo Wabo! 😉

  • Michael B on

    This is cool news. I’m looking forward to hearing the new songs!

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