It should come as no surprise that 2010 is filling up quite
quickly for one of the busiest Musicians on this planet or any
other planet that
might be found surfing these days.
The innovative guitarist single handedly brought the
instrumental genre to the mainstream masses with his second solo
release 1987ís Platinum selling record ďSurfing
with the AlienĒ.
With that album SATCH
broke down the Billboard barrier with his Instrumental
Masterpiece; two of those tracks scaled there way into the top 40,
the records title track ďSurfing
with the AlienĒ & the ďSatch
Since then SATRIANI
has recorded twelve studio albums which have garnered him fifteen
Grammy nominations. He has spearheaded the G-3 Guitar tours that
have mesmerized fans around the globe featuring the best players
on the planet including former student Steve Vai, as
well as Eric Johnson & Yngwie Malmsteen
to name just a few.
Despite offers to join other bands as lead guitarist
throughout the years (most notably
the guitar virtuoso has respectfully declined until one fateful
Vegas in February 2008. That evening
strapped it on & stepped on stage with the
& MICHAEL ANTHONY
who states, ďWe knew
immediately that there was a special chemistry, the instant
gratification from the crowd was overwhelming. After that we all
decided to take the next step to see where it would take us it was
just to much fun to pass up.Ē
was hatched and has taken the music industry by storm with their
self-titled debut record which went
in both the
The Rock Rapport
caught up with
following his annual NAMM appearance were he was
showing off his latest guitar gadgets & meeting his thousands of
fans who waited patiently in line for hours.
Immediately following that
will begin gearing up for
rehearsals for the upcoming
Experience Hendrix Tribute Tour
which launches March 4th in
Santa Barbara, CA
running through March 28th in
great to speak with you once again from the frozen tundra here in
Western New York.
problem at all, we always enjoy playing the
Arts Center at the University of Buffalo.
- Lets get
right into the new
release Live In
Just Wanna Rock
that launched worldwide this past Tuesday.
First off why did you choose to film the show at the
Grand Rex Theater in
Its funny how those
things work out, the opportunity arose to do this film with
Director Gunther Kutsch at the start of the European leg of the
ďProfessor Satchifunkilus & the Musterion of RockĒ Tour. He had a
timeline that involved only a few weeks which was really early in
the tour for us as a band.
This presented us with a number of technical issues including
were to shoot the film within the framework of the gigs that had
already been booked. We decided to push into the third week
figuring it would be nice to be warmed up since this was going to
be a permanent recording.
We arrived in France at the Grand Rex Theater which I had
never played before it was absolutely beautiful, an ornate old
Theater with huge balconies & lots of room for Lights & Cameras.
Once my Lighting Director found out that the venue was three
times the height of any of the other venues that kind of sealed
the deal. As it turned out we had a great audio crew in Paris that
could sync up with the German film crew; so as it turned out it
was one of those crazy International Affairs that we were able to
capture on film.
- As expected musically the show was
emotionally charged with your star studded band Stu Hamm (Bass),
Galen Hensen (Rhythm guitar) & Drummer
Jeff Campitelli; what really stands out is how visually
vibrant the concert is.
The lighting & video editing really gives the concert a
psychedelic vibe, the distorted cascade of colors gives it a 3-D
effect that syncs up perfectly with the songs.
Thanks, itís really remarkable the amount of time that was spent
during the editing process to create those effects. I think we
had fifteen cameras rolling that night so you can imagine the
amount of footage we had to go through.
Every few months we would get an edit from the Directors and
it would be more intense then the one before, we would keep
cheering him on telling him ďYeah keep pushing it to the limitĒ.
The Director was extremely happy that he got the artistic
license to complete the theme of the film; we wanted it to
represent the music as we felt it should look like. As a band
when weíre on stage itís a very intense cathartic experience,
collectively we wanted this to be a representation of both the
sound & the soul of the songs.
With this concert film we really strived through both sound &
sight to convey what was in our hearts as players while capturing
the spirit of the audience.
One of the cool features Iím sure
fans will enjoy on the
DVD is the interview
you did during the tour; I had to take a second glance the women
interviewing you looked like Edie Falco who played
- (Laughter) Yeah, Thank God she was very professional
especially considering the fact she was dealing with me. That was
shot about a week after the film so I was pretty toasty from
Europe on the bus
over the previous two months. At that point I was definitely
feeling the rigors of the road; she really did an amazing job
considering what she had to work with.
Aside from being a world class musician you also like dabble down
other creative avenues including drawing. Mixed in with the
amazing colors & graphics on the backdrop some of your artwork
made its way into the film, tell us about incorporating that into
You noticed that
too, it dawned on me as I was watching over production of the
film, I thought boy Iím playing a JOE SATRIANI guitar held up by a
JOE SATRIANI strap with my signature amps & pedals on the ground
and then there are some of my drawings being flashed across the
screen I thought to myself this is pretty weird.
One of these days Iíll just have to do a show were Iím just
playing other peoples stuff (Laughter).
I donít imagine youíll ever have to
resort to that, although one of the interesting comments you made
during the DVD
interview was that ninety percent of your musical ideals never
make it to a record, can you expand on that statement?
true its just a funny process, I figure thatís true for most any
artist no matter what the art form. Youíre always left with a
feeling that youíre never quite done or you didnít finish
You just have
to get used to the medium within which you work these days those
things are ever changing at a very rapid pace.
Before we get into the exciting
things happening in the New Year lets look
back at the amazing year 2009 was for you.
featuring yourself, Rock
Rapport regulars SAMMY
topped off with CHILI
madman CHAD SMITH
most certainly lived up to all the hype surrounding the bands
debut self-titled album.
Thereís always been speculation ever since you replaced
on the 1993 DEEP
PURPLE tour as to whether you
would ever step into a band environment outside your own; not to
mention a group with a vocalist.
Tell us about the transition into
especially sharing the songwriting duties with
creativity is prolific so our writing sessions would be high
tempo. I would leave each session with seven or eight ideas drawn
up on paper or recordings we may have laid down. Iíd come home
and make demos based on what we had come up with and then Iíd
email them over to
We would pick a point six weeks in advance to get together to
record for a few days, then we wouldnít see each other again for
two months as I was on tour at the time working on the
LIVE IN PARIS DVD.
It was a crazy year having those two projects going on side
by side but the writing process with
was always so inspiring for me. Thereís just so much of that style
of music inside me, its what I grew up listening to & writing as
an aspiring musician.
Iíve really embraced the opportunity to be part of this
group; ever since ďSurfing With the AlienĒ took off Iíve never
really had an outlet for it.
All of a sudden this project just appears out of no where and
Iím playing with guys that have similar influences; every time we
get together it feels like were in sync just like that very first
night we jammed in Vegas.
Individually weíre really completely different, maybe
are on the same wave length but in general its four completely
independent guys; for what ever reason when we get together
thereís an enormous amount of energy that Ďs bigger then the sum
of the parts.
was fortunate enough to be able to cover a few of
As for fans that didnít get that opportunity the
from the first tour will be out sometime in April.
Aside from the amazing concert footage Iím sure thereíll be
plenty ďbehind the scenesĒ antics considering the
crazy cast of characters in the group.
Please do tell what it was like being the straight man, so
to speak, in the CHICKENFOOT
insanity with those guys on the road & even on stage is great fun;
we have an hour of behind the scenes footage of mayhem on the
DVD. We had cameras
following us around just about everywhere & of course I had my own
camera for my web pod casts. Needless to say I caught everyone
doing something stupid on a daily basis.
Outside the everyday madness we did some other really funny
little things along the way. I interviewed Christopher Guest who
donned his Nigel Tufnel (SPINAL TAP) wig & broke into character,
that was very cool.
As far as the actual concert footage we were slated to record
three or four shows for the DVD. The one in Berlin had to be
busted up his bicep. At that point the director had us set to
record at the Rock Ďní Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the
Tabernacle in Georgia & lastly the Dodge Theater in Phoenix which
ultimately ended up being the show we chose.
There was just something magical in the air that night in
Phoenix it really comes down to luck; not only does the band have
to be on, there has
to be a spark
with the audience fortunately that night we all lit it up.
fans are still savoring the debut album everyone wants to know
will there be a second
Reports have CHAD SMITH
back in the studio with the
reconvene when scheduling allows?
the four of us are all on the same page as far as this project
goes, weíre all committed to doing a
#2. As a matter of fact SAMMY
& I have already begun the writing process together.
the beauty of this band is the respect we have for one anotherís
time and career aspirations. Iím getting set for the
tour next month & writing for a new record,
busy doing a million things at once,
back working with the
busy being MIKE(Laughter).
Thanks for that perfect segue; letís talk about the very exciting
tour youíre involved with which runs through the month of March
the EXPERIENCE HENDRIX
Sharing the same stage with you each night will be
a number of world-class shredders including: Johnny Lang,
Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Brad Whitford (Aerosmith)
& Robert Randolph, the endless list of
participants is phenomenal all paying tribute to the
ultimate guitar hero JIMI
HENDRIX. Talk about what this
means to you?
this is really something special for me, itís no secret how the
life & death of JIMI HENDRIX
has impacted my life & career.
I was at
football practice one day at my high school on Long Island when a
friend & teammate of mine told me that he heard that
had passed away.
I was only around fourteen at the time but I was absolutely
devastated; right then & there I turned around took off my
equipment and told the coach I was quitting to become a guitar
Thatís truly amazing some might say
fate may have played a part in your life that day.
Ironically enough while fans may not have had the chance to
cheer for you carrying the Rock across the gridiron
your song ďCrowd ChantĒ
from the ďSuper ColossalĒ
record Rocks stadiums worldwide at numerous sporting
(Laughter) I donít think it was any real big loss for
my team mates since I didnít turn out to be such a big guy after
mentioned how important your teachers were to you as a young
player not just fundamentally but on a personal level. Before
your career took off you shared your unparalleled talents teaching
guys like Steve Vai, Kirk Hammett & Tom Morello.
Obviously now your life is full of time constraints that donít
allow you the luxury of mentoring one on one anymore yet you
continue to help young musicians through some charitable
Tell us about your participation with these
organizations are just incredible in what they are able to
accomplish for Children & Schools.
Weíve been able
to bring ideas, instruments & financial support to curriculums
struggling with budget constraints that are hindering
organizations & musical programs worldwide.
Anything I can do to help those organizations to keep the
Music alive, IíM THERE!
what does 2010 have in store on the solo front?
Iíve started to
write for a new solo record; weíre already heading down that road
were I have to start to pick musicians, studios, engineers things
of that nature.
Itís a real thing thatís going to happen in the summer & I
hope to be able to deliver a record to Sony before summerís end.
If all goes well we could have a late fall release followed by a
would like to once again Thank
for being so gracious with his
time. We would also like to Thank Joseph Carozza of
Sony Music for hooking us up.
Be sure to check out the
visit his extremely fan friendly website @
for news, tour dates, pod casts & even online lessons from the
***********************PEACE & Harmonies******************
PARIS: I Just Wanna Rock
Stuart Hamm- Bass Guitar
Jeff Campitelli- Drums
Galen Henson- Rhythm Guitar
I Just Wanna Rock
3. Satch Boogie
4. Ice 9
6. Flying in a Blue Dream
9. Super Colossal
10. One Big Rush
12. Out of the Sunshine
13. Time Machine
14. Cool # 9
17. Mystical Potato Head
18. Groove Thing
19. Always With Me, Always With You
20. Surfing With The Alien
21. Crowd Chant
22. Summer Song