Having been originally inclined toward drums, a 14-year-old Joe found inspiration in Jimi Hendrix and took up guitar. After becoming proficient, he began teaching. One of his early students was Steve Vai.
Larry LaLonde (Primus)
David Bryson (Counting Crows)
Andy Timmons (Danger Danger)
Rick Hunolt (Exodus)
Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
Kevin Cadogan (Third Eye Blind)
Alex Skolnick (Testament)
A move from his New York hometown to Berkeley, California, landed Satriani in the Greg Kihn Band. It was the '80s, after all, and pop needed power. Around the same time, Vai gained massive recognition playing with David Lee Roth. When he tipped his hat to Satch, the whole world took notice.
Having already self-released a solo EP, Joe had readied his debut album, Not of This Earth. The set gained an immediate audience. Then, in 1987, he issued Surfing with the Alien and his career exploded. Not only did the record go gold, but Satriani was tapped by Mick Jagger for a tour of Australia and Japan.
Despite the Jagger gigs, Satriani managed to cull together another EP with Dreaming #11 followed by another album in 1989 – Flying in a Blue Dream. On this one, he even sang a few times and landed the track “One Big Rush” on the wildly popular Say Anything soundtrack.
Now that he was officially a rock god, Satch teamed up with Ibanez to customize a guitar line. His next record, The Extremist, dropped in 1992 with the double-album Time Machine coming in 1993. The latter collection gathered up his 1984 eponymous EP with some live cuts and new tunes.
The following year, Deep Purple recruited Satriani to fill in for Ritchie Blackmore on tour. Though he did the trek, he politely declined to officially join the band. He had his own music to make, after all.
Greg Kihn Band
Satriani's discography continued to grow with another eponymous set in 1995 and Crystal Planet in 1998. In between those efforts, Satriani partnered with Vai on the G3 tour – their first year was captured on G3: Live in Concert in 1997.
With the turn of the millenium, Satch's Engines of Creation took a decidedly new direction into electronica. For his efforts and courage, Satriani earned a Grammy Award nomination. He also released Live in San Francisco recorded during the tour.
Joe's prolific pace kept bounding along with 2002's Strange Beautiful Music, 2003's Electric Joe Satriani: An Anthology, 2004's Is There Love in Space?, 2005's Super Colossal, and 2006's Satriani Live! He took a little break until 2010's Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards.
Somehow, in the midst of his myriad solo works, Satch also contributed to albums by Alice Cooper, Spinal Tap, Blue Öyster Cult, and others. He even joined the Chickenfoot project alongside Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony in 2009.
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