An evening with Joe Satriani, guitar god, fret master, need I go on? No support act, just the best of Joe. Over 10 Million in album sales, played guitar with Mick Jagger, Deep Purple and is a member of the underrated Chickenfoot, Satriani is renowned for making the guitar do crazy things.
Straight out the gate with “Energy”, “Catbot” & “Satch Boogie”, the one thing that was so noticeable on stage, besides the ridiculous amount of talent, was how much fun Joe was having. He really enjoys what he does.
Joining Joe on stage is Joe Travers on drums, , Bryan Beller on bass, and Mike Keneally on keys and guitars. They were also joined by Joe’s teeth a feature player in the entire night. “Cherry Blossoms” from the latest album What Happens Next, was next in the set, and the the classic “Flying In A Blue Dream” with “Cataclysmic” & “Ice 9” rounding out the first set.
Joe made sure his arsenal of signature Ibanez JS models all got their equal share of stage time, and on songs like “Sleep Walk”, Head Rush” “What Happens Next” and “Super Funky Badass” those guitars sure took a beating. I really hope his tech gets paid extra for all the work he needs to do keeping those suckers in tune.
Of course the biggest cheers of the night were for “Always With Me, Always With You” and “Surfing With The Alien”. The Brisbane crowd went out of their minds both times
Brisbane were treated to a master of his craft, no doubt about it, and thats the reason this man has had such a stellar career and continues to be in such high demand. And this writer is going to sound a little selfish right now and say “Hey Joe, time to steal Chad back from the Chili Peppers and get Chickenfoot moving once again”. But until then, I’m sure Satch will keep churning out classic after classic song.