JOE SATRIANI ’s forthcoming studio album, “Shapeshifting”, remains set for release on April 10, 2020 via Sony Music/Legacy Recordings and new song, “Big Distortion” is available on all streaming platforms today.
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.
Shapeshifting was co-produced by Satriani and Jim Scott (Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) with longtime associate John Cuniberti on board handling the mastering duties. Satriani enlisted a wide range of collaborators, both old and new, to help him bring the songs 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.”
As previously announced, SATRIANI will reschedule the UK and first leg of the European “The Shapeshifting Tour“ until 2021. Additional dates, including the U.S., to be announced soon. The 2021 touring band features celebrated drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty), bassist Bryan Beller (Aristocrats) and keyboardist Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc) joining SATRIANI on guitar.
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 #9.
Due to coronavirus, Joe has rescheduled his Shapeshifting UK and European Tour until April and May 2021. Tickets for his May 2020 UK tour remain valid for the rescheduled 2021 dates. The rescheduled 2021 dates include Bexhill, De La War Pavilion (April 29), Birmingham Symphony Hall (April 30), Sage Gateshead (May 1), Manchester Bridgewater Hall (May 2), London Palladium (May 3) and O2 Academy Glasgow (May 5). Tickets are available from: www.satriani.com/road
Birmingham, Symphony Hall
Friday 30th April 2021
Bexhill-on-Sea, De La Warr Pavilion
Saturday 1st May 2021
Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
Sunday 2nd May 2021
Tuesday 4th May 2021
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Wednesday 5th May 2021
Glasgow, O2 Academy
Thursday 6th May 2021