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Joe Satriani announces massive 2022 North American tour

Joe Satriani performs onstage during the Experience Hendrix concert at City National Grove of Anaheim on October 09, 2019 in Anaheim, California
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Joe Satriani has announced an extensive 2022 North American tour in support of his forthcoming album, The Elephants of Mars.

Featuring a whopping 44 shows in total, the trek – dubbed the Earth tour – will take Satriani across the continent from late September through mid-November, starting with a September 21 show at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, California and ending with a November 19 gig at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas, Texas.

Satch will be backed by a touring band comprised of Kenny Aronoff on drums, Bryan Beller on bass guitar and Rai Thistlethwayte on keyboards.

You can see Satriani and his band discuss the logistics and challenges of taking Elephants of Mars material on the road in the video below, and a full list of dates further down.

We're guessing that set lists for the shows will include a healthy number of Elephants of Mars cuts, but it'll be interesting to see, in particular, if Satriani plays Shockwave Supernova.

In a recent interview with Guitarist, the guitarist cited the song – the title track of his 2015 album – as the one in his sizable catalog that has proven to be the most difficult to perform live

“When you have a phrase, you have to investigate how many different ways you can play it," Satriani said. "When we put out Shockwave Supernova, I entered into a really bad phase of tension with the little finger of my fretting hand. It was because of that title song. 

"When I was writing it, I figured out all the different places to play it and came up with one version that sounded unique – but my hand didn’t want to do it live. It started to really hurt. 

"That tour, I had to rewrite so many fingerings. I’d sit down before a show and figure out, like, which notes had to be legato or could I pick three of them instead? When I got off tour, my chiropractor discovered I was just tight and solved my issue in a week. Once in a while, you write something you probably shouldn’t have written [laughs].”

For tickets and more info, stop by Satriani's website (opens in new tab).

Joe Satriani 2022 North American tour dates:

9/21/22: Fox Performing Arts Center – Riverside, CA
9/22/22: Balboa Theatre – San Diego, CA
9/23/22: Orpheum Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
9/24/22: Talking Stick Resort – Scottsdale, AZ
9/25/22: Grand Theatre @ Grand Sierra Resort – Reno, NV
9/26/22: Bob Hope Theater – Stockton, CA
9/28/22: The Moore Theatre – Seattle, WA
9/29/22: Bing Crosby Theater – Spokane, WA
9/30/22: Elsinore Theatre – Salem, OR
10/2/22: Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
10/4/22: Paramount Theatre – Denver, CO
10/6/22: Stiefel Theatre – Salina, KS
10/7/22: Hoyt Sherman Theatre – Des Moines, IA  
10/8/22: The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
10/9/22: State Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
10/12/22: Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL
10/13/22: Peoria Civic Center Theatre – Peoria, IL
10/14/22: Kalamazoo State Theatre – Kalamazoo, MI
10/15/22: Honeywell Center – Wabash, IN
10/16/22: Canton Palace Theatre – Canton, OH
10/17/22: Count Basie Center for the Arts – Red Bank, NJ
10/19/22: Carolina Theatre – Durham, NC
10/20/22: Palace Theatre – Greensburg, PA
10/21/22: MGM Northfield Park – Northfield, OH
10/22/22: Taft Theatre – Cincinnati, OH
10/23/22: Brown County Music Center – Nashville, IN
10/24/22: Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
10/26/22: Warner Theatre – Washington, DC
10/27/22: Beacon Theatre – New York City, NY
10/29/22: Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
11/2/22 & 11/3/22: Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT
11/4/22: Scottish Rite Auditorium – Collingswood, NJ
11/5/22: Orpheum Theatre – Boston, MA
11/7/22: Atlanta Symphony Hall – Atlanta, GA
11/9/22: Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – Ponte Vedra, FL
11/10/22: Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL
11/11/22: The Parker – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
11/12/22: Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, FL
11/14/22: Mars Music Hall – Huntsville, AL
11/16/22: Tobin Center for the Performing Arts – San Antonio, TX
11/17/22: Paramount Theatre – Austin, TX
11/18/22: House of Blues – Houston, TX
11/19/22: Majestic Theatre – Dallas, TX

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.