However, for Joe Satriani—who released his 15th studio album, Shockwave Supernova, July 24—each album is seen as a chance to reinvent himself and test the limits of his guitar playing. The results don't lie; he's one of the most successful and innovative solo and instrumental guitarists playing today.
On Shockwave Supernova, Joe Satriani taps into his alter ego and unleashes a concept record that sees the instrumental legend taking on swing, samba and blues shuffles alongside his brand of fiery shred licks. Here, the guitarist takes you track by track through his latest release.
Satch recently visited the gang over at Rolling Stone to shoot some videos (probably the same week he visited GW!). While he was there, he agreed to test his creativity by interpreting oblique concepts and words as impromptu solos.
Things have certainly been changing for Joe Satriani. Suddenly a lot of people besides a few musicians know his name, have heard about his awesome chops, are picking up his first record, Not of this Earth. Which must be why, on this hot and muggy Sunday night in New York hundreds of folks have thronged to a converted church, now a club, called Limelight. In conjunction with the New Music Seminar, Guitar World is sponsoring a concert featuring Satriani.
Just like the headline says, here's an official Guitar World video of Joe Satriani showing you how to play his signature 1987 tune, "Satch Boogie." The track is from Satch’s landmark Surfing with the Alien album, which garnered tremendous AOR play and, ultimately, gold record status—both almost unheard of for a guitar instrumental lap.