Tag: Joe Satriani
When Ronnie Montrose passed away on March 3, 2012, friends and musicians immediately wondered what they could do to pay homage to one of rock's all-time legendary - and influential - guitarists. The result was some of music's most renowned artists uniting for a concert only a month and a half later (April 27) and performing Ronnie classics throughout the evening - which will now make its official DVD release on December 10, 2013, 'Concert for Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music.'
Recorded in San Francisco at the historic Regency Ballroom and mixed in 5.1 surround sound, the DVD features performance by Ronnie's past band members in Montrose (Sammy Hagar, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church with Joe Satriani), Gamma (Davey Pattison, Denny Carmassi and Glenn Letsch with Marc Bonilla), performing both groups' hits.
Additionally, Ronnie's colleagues and people he mentored and produced over the 40 years of his career are featured as well, including Neal Schon (Journey), Ricky Phillips (Styx), Steve Smith (ex-Journey), Ed Roth, Jimmy Paxson (Stevie Nicks), Jeff Watson (ex-Night Ranger), Tesla, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer (Kiss), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), and more.
The DVD will also include interviews, bonus features, a photo gallery, and an additional set of Ronnie's hits by an all-star band featuring Chuck Terpo, Mario Cipollina, Tal Morris, Dave Meniketti and the members of Y&T. This was recorded and filmed at Bob Weir's TRI Studios.
The iconic and legendary Ronnie Montrose has been called the Father Of American Hard Rock - an innovator and an incendiary guitar genius. In his short time with Van Morrison Ronnie created the iconic guitar riff for the classic song “Wild Nights”. In the Edgar Winter group he left even a bigger Mark with his catchy heavy-handed riffs on songs like “Free Ride” and “Frankenstein”. But it would be his self-titled release, MONTROSE that would become the cornerstone of American hard rock. This debut in 1973 crafted such classics as "Rock the Nation”, "Bad Motor Scooter," and "Space Station #5." It laid the ground work and became the template for bands like Van Halen and countless subsequent musicians. His musical Journey lead him to the creation of GAMMA where he crafted songs like "Voyager", "Thunder And Lighting" and "Ready For Action". Ronnie was always searching and reinventing himself musically. Venturing through a brief instrumental period he brought us both "Open Fire" and his masterpiece version of "Town Without Pity".
And now, fans will be able to experience the music of Ronnie once again, with the new DVD, 'Concert for Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music.' To order and more info go to: www.ronniemontrose.com
2. Open Fire
3. Town Without Pity
4. I Don't Want It
5. Little Suzi
6. One Thing On My Mind
7. Free Ride
9. Thunder And Lightning
10. Razor King
11. No Tears
12. Ready For Action
13. Fight To The Finish
16. One And A Half
17. Good Rockin' Tonight
18. Rock The Nation
19. Make It Last
20. Bad Motor Scooter
21. Rock Candy
22. Space Station No. 5
1. Good Rockin' Tonight
2. Rock Candy
3. Oh No You Don't
4. Paper Money
5. Wild Night
When I first heard Joe Satriani would be making a stop (Oct. 25) as part of the inaugural season at the new Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, California, I knew I had to be there. You can't miss seeing one of the greatest guitarists on the planet, especially when it is virtually in you backyard, as the venue is probably a mere 10 minutes away (with traffic)! Add to that the opening act Living Colour, it was sure to be an amazing night of music.
After a spirited opening set by Living Colour, with vocalist Corey Glover wrapping things up by coming out into the audience as they closed with 'Cult of Personality,' the anticipation for Joe and his stellar touring band rose, as the audience was ready to get their ass kicked musically.
The show was the next to last date on Joe's 'Unstoppable Momentum' tour, backing his fantastic 14th solo album which was released earlier this year. Satch and his signature JS Ibanez guitars were joined on this tour by Mike Keneally on keyboards and guitar (Frank Zappa, Dweeil Zappa, Steve Vai), drummer Marco Minnemann (Adrian Belew, Steve Wilson) and bassist Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Dweezil Zappa). The entire band are amazing, almost as technically proficient as their boss.
The set included 8 of the 11 tracks on the 'Unstoppable Momentum' album, kicking off the show with the spirited 'Jumpin' In.' A Joe Satriani audience is unlike any other, seemingly in sync with the band and always giving full attention to the mastery of the playing they are seeing. All the amazing tracks from the past showed up in the set as well. 'Flying in a Blue Dream,' 'Ice 9,' 'The Crush of Love,' 'Satch Boogie,' 'Always With Me, Always With You,' 'Time Machine,' and 'Surfing With the Alien,' added to the truly unparalleled musical experience. Add to that the visual backdrops of scenery and images from Joe's past, and it all took you to a different place.
The joy felt at the show was captured in a feeling of satisfaction and amazement that carried over long after leaving the venue. Joe is a Mozart on the guitar, a Beethoven for his generation, and the only one who can carry an entire 92 date world tour with all his fantastic instrumental music. True skill and technical finesse were on display, and it was a pleasure to witness it.
Setlist - Vina Robles Amphitheatre 10/25/13:
Flying in a Blue Dream
The Weight of the World
The Crush of Love
I'll Put a Stone on Your Cairn
A Door into Summer
Lies and Truths
Shine On American Dreamer
Three Sheets to the Wind
Always with Me, Always with You
Surfing with the Alien
Special thanks to Michelle Gutenstien and Melissa Dragich-Cordero of MAD Ink PR!
Joe Satriani has let his guitar do the talking for 40 plus years, but in April 2014, he’ll do the speaking in a new autobiography.
Titled 'Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir,' the book has been compiled through hours of new interviews between Satriani and co-author Jake Brown, and will delve into his long career as a solo artist, sideman and session player and member of CHICKENFOOT. Strange Beautiful Music is also set to include photos from Satriani’s personal archives, interviews with some of the many musicians and producers he’s worked with and a foreword written by Brian May of QUEEN.
Calling Satriani “arguably the Mozart of his generation,” Brown enthused in a press release, “Millions of guitar players around the world have been influenced by the super-human techniques he pioneered behind the six string, and this is the story behind those songs, from "Surfing With the Alien" to "Summer Song" and beyond, through 2013's Unstoppable Momentum.”
Added Satriani, “I’m excited for my fans, through this musical memoir, to get a deeper look inside my creative process in the studio and the stories behind the songs … I look forward to the book hitting shelves next year!”
The new Sammy Hagar solo album and Summer tour is set, with Sammy enlisting three legendary musicians - Toby Keith, Mickey Hart and Taj Mahal - to round out the final three tracks on his first-ever rock collaborations album: "Sammy Hagar and Friends." The highly anticipated new album is set for release by Frontiers Records on September 24th in North America, September 27th in Europe, September 29th in the UK, and will be preceded by the album’s first single and video for the high voltage track “Knockdown Dragout” featuring Kid Rock, Joe Satriani and Denny Carmassi.
In addition to the 10-track standard edition album, fans will also have an opportunity to purchase a Deluxe edition of "Sammy Hagar and Friends," packaged in a high-gloss Digipak. The Deluxe CD/DVD package includes an exclusive bonus audio track, "Space Station #5,” recorded live at the Ronnie Montrose Tribute Concert held on April 29, 2012 in San Francisco, as well as the "Making of” album documentary which includes bonus video of the first single "Knockdown Dragout,” and more.
From new original songs including “Not Going Down” (a song specifically written for Hagar by Jay Buchanan of Rival Sons), “Knockdown Dragout,” “Bad On Fords and Chevrolets,” “All We Need Is An Island,” and “Father Sun,” to reimagined covers of classics including Bob Seger’s, “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” and Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus,” – Hagar has masterfully assembled an album that delves into rock, country, pop, blues and zydeco.
1. Winding Down (with Taj Mahal)
2. Not Going Down (with Bill Church & Denny Carmassi)
3. Personal Jesus (with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony & Chad Smith)
4. Father Sun (with Denny Carmassi & Aaron Hagar)
5. Knockdown Dragout (with Kid Rock, Joe Satriani, Denny Carmassi)
6. Ramblin' Gamblin' Man (with David Lauser, Mona Gnader & Vic Johnson)
7. Bad On Fords and Chevrolets (with Ronnie Dunn, David Lauser, Mona Gnader & Vic Johnson)
8. Margaritaville (with Toby Keith)
9. All We Need Is An Island (with Nancy Wilson & Mickey Hart)
10. Going Down (with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony & Chad Smith)
11. Space Station #5 - Live from Ronnie Montrose Tribute Concert (Deluxe Bonus Track)
Progressive Rock giants YES will be the opening band at the new Vina Robles Amphitheatre on July 6th. The band will be playing 3 albums in their entirety: The YES album, Close To The Edge, and Going For The One. Yes kicks off an impressive lineup of artists for the inaugural season at the beautiful Vina Robles Amphitheatre, located just off Highway 46 at 3800 Mill Road in Paso Robles, California. Right now you can take advantage of a great opening day special offer, with all lawn tickets to shows just $25 for 25 hours! From 9am July 5th, until 10am July 6th, all lawn tickets are $25 with no fees when purchased online at www.vinaroblesamphitheatre.com
Check out the impressive lineup -
July 6: Yes
July 9: Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers / Railroad Earth
July 14: Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion
July 30: ZZ Top
Aug. 8: An Evening With Lyle Lovett & his Large Band
Aug. 9: Los Lobos / Los Lonely Boys / Alejandro Escovedo
Aug. 10: Tony Bennett with Antonia Bennett
Aug. 14: Michael Franti & Spearhead with Amanda Shaw / Ethan Tucker
Aug. 15: Darius Rucker
Aug. 30: Ziggy Marley / Steel Pulse
Aug. 31: Frampton's Guitar Circus featuring Peter Frampton along with B.B. King with Sonny Landreth and Special Guest Richard Thompson
Sep. 4: Sammy Hagar - Four Decades of Rock with Rival Sons
Sep. 14: The Dooobie Brothers
Sep. 21: George Lopez "It’s Not Me, It’s You" Tour with Bryan Kellen
Sep. 22: Lynyrd Skynyrd
Oct. 3: Bonnie Raitt
Oct. 8: Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell
Oct. 11: John Fogerty
Oct. 25: Joe Satriani - Unstoppable Momentum Tour 2013
Oct. 29: An Evening With The Moody Blues