Three wineglasses are lifted high in the candlelit ambience of a tony Hollywood restaurant. Like some latter-day version of the three musketeers, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen are toasting the beginning of this year's G3 Tour, which kicks off in Phoenix on October 9.
In a recent interview with The Gauntlet, Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick took some time to reflect on taking lessons from guitar great Joe Satriani, including seeking Joe's advice on joining a metal band. An excerpt follows:
These are the sounds of a man granted a private preview of a masterpiece-in-progress by a giant of rock guitar. Open-mouthed enthusiasm hardly becomes a Jaded Journalist, but what can you do when you're blown away? I'm sitting In Joe Satriani's cozy suite in L.A.’s Le Parc Hotel. The guitarist opens a door leading to the terrace and considers unpacking his clothes. We agree to first hear “a few” of his new tunes, and discuss rock star finery later (particularly our mutual fondness for Big John black jeans).
It's proving to be a big day for music premiers today -- Warbringer, Sebastian Bach, Megadeth, Loutallica, Animals As Leaders. You can now add Chickenfoot to that list, as they're now streaming their new album, Chickenfoot III, online at this location.
Steve Vai's career, thus far, has been a series of one hard act to follow after another. First, he replaced Adrian Belew as the resident wang-bar king in Frank Zappa's band. Next, he replaced the incredible Yngwie Malmsteen in Alcatrazz. And now, as the lone guitarist in David Lee Roth's band, he has the dubious distinction of being compared to Eddie Van Halen, at least in the mind of the public.
Every other day leading up to the release of Chickenfoot's new album, Chickenfoot III, the band are rolling out a series of podcasts featuring band members talking about each song on the new album, along with clips from the songs.