VINTAGE GUITAR READERS HONOR JOE SATRIANI AS “ARTIST OF THE YEAR,” GUITARIST CELEBRATES HIS 30 YEAR CAREER WITH “SURFING TO SHOCKWAVE” TOUR STARTING THIS WEEK
The accolades for Joe Satriani continue to pour in as Vintage Guitar Magazine, which is celebrating 30 years of publication, has announced the winners of this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards, including Satriani as “Artist of the Year.” Winners are featured in the magazine’s April issue, available now.
In late November, Joe attended the 11th Annual Classic Rock Roll of Honour Award ceremony in London where he took home the award for “The Maestro” and was honored to present Brian May of Queen with the “Living Legends” award as well. Then, in January, Guitar World magazine announced their annual “Readers Poll” for which fans chose Satch as “Best Shredder” as well as presenting his 15th studio album, Shockwave Supernova with the “Best Shred Album of the Year.”
Released this past August, Shockwave Supernova scored the guitarist his highest chart debut at number 19 on Billboard’s Top 200 Current Albums Chart. In addition, the album also debuted at number three on the Billboard Rock Chart and ranks as the highest charting all-instrumental rock album on Billboard’s Top 200 in the SoundScan era.
Satriani’s touring band remains Marco Minnemann on drums, Bryan Beller on bass and Mike Keneally on keys & guitar. The North American Surfing to Shockwave Tour begins this week, on February 25th in Seattle, WA and continues through April 24th where it will wrap up in Vancouver, BC, see all tour dates below
Tickets and exclusive Joe Satriani meet & greet and VIP packages are available now, for details please visit satriani.com.
In other Satriani news, the guitarist recently confirmed that Chickenfoot, the band that also includes singer Sammy Hagar, bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Chad Smith, have recorded a new song and are set to play a one-off concert in the US in May. Read more here.
Surfing to Shockwave tour itinerary:
25 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
26 Historic Elsinore Theatre Salem, OR
27 Grand Sierra Theatre Reno, NV
28 Fox Theater Oakland, CA
1 Balboa Theatre San Diego, CA
2 Fox Tucson Theatre Tuscon, AZ
3 Fox Performing Arts Center Riverside, CA
4 Pearl Concert Theater @ Palms Casino Las Vegas, NV
5 Talking Stick Resort Ballroom Scottsdale, AZ
7 Historic Paramount Theatre Denver, CO
8 Abraham Chavez Theatre El Paso, TX
9 The Majestic Theatre Dallas, TX
10 House of Blues Houston, TX
11 Laurie Auditorium San Antonio, TX
12 Orpheum Theater New Orleans, LA
14 Iron City Birmingham, AL
15 Saenger Theatre Pensacola, FL
16 Parker Playhouse Ft. Lauderdale, FL
17 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL
18 Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL
19 Florida Theatre Jacksonville, FL
21 Carolina Theatre Durham, NC
22 Knight Theater Charlotte, NC
23 Symphony Hall Atlanta, GA
24 The National Richmond, VA
25 Sandler Center Virginia Beach, VA
26 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA
29 College Street Music Hall New Haven, CT
30 Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY
31 The Vets Providence, RI
1 Tilles Center Brookville, LI
2 Lincoln Theatre Washington, DC
4 Count Basie Theatre Red Bank, NJ
6 Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA *
8 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, Ontario
9 UAB Center for the Arts Buffalo, NY
10 Hard Rock Cleveland, OH
12 Carnegie Music Hall Pittsburgh, PA
13 Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI
14 Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, WI
15 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL
16 The Fitzgerald Theatre St. Paul, MN
21 Grey Eagle Event Centre Calgary
22 River Cree Casino Enoch, AB
24 Venue to be announced Vancouver, BC
*New date confirmed – on-sale November 24th
Joe has that special gift of being able to take instrumental rock guitar palatable for the masses. Nobody ever really came close, though a lot of his songs end up sounding the same. I think he is at his best when he blends the quirky stuff in more, and less when he’s trying to make a straight ahead rock tune.
“Why” on The Extremist is still my favorite Satch song of all time.
For those that aren’t familiar, Vintage Guitar is a first class mag. Awesome gloss paper stock. Great guitar tech articles from the likes of George Gruhn out of Nashville, gear reviews (new and vintage instruments), book/cd/dvd reviews of all genres. Highly recommend it, especially for @ $30/year.
Satriani has ALWAYS delivered. Been on “board” since Alien and it has been one heck of a wave. And of course now having Minnemann on the skins – who can ask for more. In the studio and especially live, Satriani demonstrates his top notch ax skills. A unique musician that deserves more recognition than he has received over his career. Keep the strange beautiful music coming.