Review: Joe Satriani – What Happens Next

Sony Music Cmg (January 2018)

Reviewer: David Mark Pearce

Believe it or not, although being a guitarist myself, this is my first review of a guitar instrumental album.

I think it’s good to go in at the very top and start with what he does best. Yes, there’s faster, maybe more technically intricate out there – but none anywhere near as commercially successful as Satch! Why? Well, the guy has technique in spades, but where as others rely almost solely on that alone, Joe brings musicality, skill and melody to his songs. Everyone, from your dyed in the wool shredder to (let’s face it!) your Dad, will be singing along and tapping their feet, or fingers, too. That’s what, in my opinion, makes Satch the best!

To be the best, or the captain of your own ship as it were, it helps if you have first and second mates along for the journey. In this instance, Glenn Hughes and Chad Smith. Satch has been quoted as saying something along the lines of “What would happen if I put this guy with this guy?”. Well, he did it here and it’s a perfect combination! Hughes is more known for being the so called voice of rock, although I’ve never seen him as that – he’s more funk, to me, than out and out rock – but everyone seems to forget just how good a bassist he is. I mean, c’mon, he was in Trapeze and Deep Purple and you’re not in those bands on looks alone! Combine him with Smith and that’s the solid rhythm section taken care of, but it’s one that’s really interesting to listen to as well. Hughes really delivers on what, I believe, is his first instrumental outing!

All in all, what we have here is, I think, Satriani’s strongest album in many a year. I’m intrigued to find out “what happens next” well, after this one, wait – that is this one ….. oh, you know what I mean!

World-renowned guitar virtuoso, Joe Satriani, announces the release of his 16th solo album, ‘What Happens Next, set for release, January 12, 2018 on Sony/Legacy Recordings.

In addition, Satriani will revive his G3 Tour entity in 2018 beginning March 16th in Moscow and winding up on April 30th in Birmingham playing shows in many European countries, including the UK. France, Italy, Spain, Poland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland and more.

Satriani has invited Dream Theater‘s John Petrucci and the former Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth to join. 

Planet Rock Radio will run a 24-hour ticket pre-sale for the UK shows from Thursday November 9th at 10am via www.planetrock.com. Tickets go on sale to the general public from 9am on Friday November 10th from www.ticketline.co.uk and direct from the venues.

Each guitarist will perform their own set, followed by a massive jam at the end of the show.

G3 2018 April UK Tour

Tuesday April 24              Southend Cliffs Pavilion 

Wednesday April 25       London Eventim Apollo

Thursday April 26             Bristol Colston Hall

Friday April 27                   Manchester Apollo

Sunday April 29                Portsmouth Guildhall

Monday April 30              Birmingham Symphony Hall

World-renowned guitar virtuoso, Joe Satriani, announces the release of his 16th solo album, ‘What Happens Next‘, set for release, January 12, 2018 on Sony/Legacy Recordings. Just a day prior to the album release, Joe Satriani revives his G3 tour entity, inviting Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and Def Leppard lead guitarist, Phil Collen to join him. The G3 tour launches on January 11 in Seattle, WA and continues across the U.S. before winding up on February 25 in Milwaukee, WI. There is a special tour pre-sale promotion giving fans the opportunity to buy concert tickets with the new album as well as VIP packages. Click HERE for more information, pre-sale opportunities and specific market pre-sale and on-sale dates.

The new, instrumentally electrifying album features a power trio of legendary status; Satriani on guitar and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/Black Country Communion) and drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), the latter reuniting with Satriani for the first time since their work in the supergroup ChickenfootSatriani is once again joined by producer/engineer/mixer Mike Fraser, his frequent collaborator over the last 20 years, on ‘What Happens Next‘. 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.

These new tracks literally vibrate the soul with an energy rarely found these days. From the dynamic opening track, ‘Energy‘, to the majestic crunch of ‘Thunder High On The Mountain‘, and the easy, sensual cords of “Smooth Soul”. This unparalleled rock-rhythm section gives ‘What Happens Next‘ a depth of groove that sets it apart from Satriani’s other work.

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.

2018 G3 Tour featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci & Phil Collen itinerary:

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 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 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 22nd except * on-sale October 6)
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