Joe Satriani announces the release of his 16th solo album, What Happens Next, for January 12, 2018 on Sony/Legacy Recordings. The new, instrumentally electrifying album features one serious power trio: Satriani on guitar, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion) on bass, and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on drums, the latter reuniting with Satriani for the first time since their work in the supergroup Chickenfoot.
On What Happens Next, Satriani is once again joined by producer/engineer/mixer Mike Fraser, his frequent collaborator over the last 20 years. 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.
As Satriani has a long history of releasing his albums in 96/24, we here at HRAC expect What Happens Next to follow suit.
What Happens Next is filled with classic Satriani verve, from the dynamic opening track “Energy” to the majestic crunch of “Thunder High on the Mountain” to the easy, sensual cords of “Smooth Soul.” And this particular rock rhythm section gives What Happens Next a depth of groove that sets it apart from Satriani’s other work.
Also, just a day prior to the album release, Satriani is set to revive his G3 tour entity, having invited Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and Def Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen to join him.
The G3 tour launches on January 11 in Seattle and continues across the U.S. before winding up on February 25 in Milwaukee (tour dates listed below). A special tour pre-sale promotion gives fans the opportunity to buy concert tickets with the new album as well as VIP packages. Visit https://lnk.to/WHN for more information, pre-sale opportunities, and specific market pre-sale and on-sale dates.
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,” Satriani 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 7, 2017. The paperback version includes a new chapter focusing on Satriani’s last album, Shockwave Supernova. Read an excerpt from the new chapter here.
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 – 2018 DATES
Featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci & Phil Collen
January 11 The Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
January 12 Historic Elsinore Theatre Salem, OR
January 13 Grand Sierra Theatre Reno, NV
January 14 Fox Theater Oakland, CA
January 16 Delta Hall at Eccles Theater Salt Lake City, UT *
January 17 Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, NV
January 18 Mesa Arts Center Mesa, AZ *
January 19 Orpheum Theatre Los Angeles, CA
January 20 Balboa Theatre San Diego, CA
January 21 Fox Tucson Theatre Tucson, AZ *
January 24 Historic Paramount Theatre Denver, CO
January 25 Uptown Theater Kansas City MO *
January 26 The Pavillion at The Toyota Music Factory Irving, TX *
January 27 Austin City Limits – Moody Theater Austin, TX
January 28 Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Houston, TX *
January 30 Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL *
January 31 Florida Theatre Jacksonville, FL *
February 1 Pompano Beach Amphitheatre Pompano Beach, FL*
February 2 Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall Fort Myers, FL *
February 3 Mahaffey Theater St. Petersberg, FL *
February 6 Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Raleigh, NC
February 8 Toyota Presents Oakdale Wallingford, CT *
February 9 Landmark Theatre Syracuse, NY *
February 10 Palace Theatre Albany, NY *
February 11 The Palace Theatre Greensburg, PA *
February 14 Warner Theatre Washington, DC *
February 15 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA
February 16 Beacon Theatre New York, NY *
February 17 Merriam Theater Philadelphia, PA
February 18 New Jersey Performing Arts Center Newark, NJ *
February 20 Auditorium Theatre Rochester, NY *
February 21 Massey Hall Toronto, ONT
February 22 Hard Rock Live Northfield, OH
February 23 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL *
February 24 State Theatre Minneapolis, MN
February 25 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI
(All dates on sale September 22, except * on-sale October 6)