“Connecting with Joe on this track is perhaps the most rewarding musical collaboration I’ve ever engaged in”: Joe Satriani and Steve Vai reveal their first ever collaborative song – a track 50 years in the making

Joe Satriani (left) and Steve Vai perform onstage at The Magnolia in El Cajon, California on February 7, 2024
(Image credit: Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)

Steve Vai and Joe Satriani's careers have perennially intertwined over the years. Satriani taught a 14-year-old Vai the tricks of the trade, and they've played together countless times together since – most recently during a tour that reunited the original G3 line-up

Yet, until now, they've never collaborated on original music together. That makes the first of a three-part track, The Sea of Emotion, a landmark composition, and it's a beautifully colorful and incendiary affair that pays homage to their rich, entangled history. 

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.

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