Dallas, TX – Boomers from all walks, from suits to sneakers, filled the seats of the historic Majestic Theatre in Dallas, Texas on March 9th, 2016. The current tour celebrates the illustrious thirty-year career of Joe Satriani featuring songs from his debut album “Not of this Earth” to the 2015 release, “Shockwave Supernova”.
It is hard to think where rock guitar would be had Satriani not picked up a guitar. Had it not been for his sister Marion, he may have stuck with the drums and the world would have missed out on his guitar magic. Marion, a folk singer-songwriter would play and sing in their home. It was when he first saw her perform on stage that he set down the drumsticks and picked up a guitar.
At first Satriani just played around with the guitar, but on January 18th, 1970 tragedy changed everything. Satriani recalls the moment he heard of Jimi Hendrix’s passing and said, “I’m still on the football team at that moment. But, as soon as I hear about it, I take my helmet off and go back to the gym, confront the coach and tell him I’m quitting the football team. And in a moment of brilliance, he just looks at me and says, “Ok.””
Thirty-years, fifteen Grammy nominations and more than ten million albums sold later, Satriani opened the show with a flashback inducing CGI visual show projected on the curtain showing aliens and the strange worlds we have come to expect from him.
Flanking the maestro on stage were Marco Minnemann on drums, Bryan Beller on bass and Mike McKeneally on keyboard and guitar.
It was mind-blowing to think of the challenge of choosing the set list from three decades of guitar mastery. The wailing was nonstop from start to finish with smooth transitions between songs from each era, culminating mid-second set in a breathtaking mash-jam featuring some of the greatest guitar riffs of all time from Thorogood’s “Bad to the Bone” to Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.”
For more information and tour dates, be sure to visit Satriani’s website here.
By: Michael Dunlap and Michelle Cowan
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