Joe Satriani was, and is, one of the greatest instrumental electric
guitar players of all time (in our most humble opinion).
Back in his early days, Satriani was a guitar instructor and has had
some well known students, such as Steve Vai and Kirk Hammet. Joe
has been tapped to work with many notable rock musicians, such as Mick
Jagger, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, Eric Johnson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Brian
May (Queen), the Greg Kihn Band, and the band Chickenfoot (with Sammy
Joe started playing guitar at 14 years of age. The
story goes that while on the practice football field in jr. high school,
the new of Jimmy Hendrix's death reached his ear, and he subsequently
renounced football for the guitar. Satriani's early musical roots
were jazz influenced. In 1978, Joe moved to California to begin a
musical career. It was Satriani's second release,
Surfing with the Alien, that begin to expand his popularity.
At the time of it's release, it was the highest charting all
instrumental release in many years. A song you may remember from
this release was called "Always with You, Always with Me." The
release that brought Satriani his greatest commercial success was The
Extremist, released in 1992. You many remember the song called
"Summer Song" from that album.
As the years have rolled on, Satriani has stayed very
busy releasing new material and touring. At the time of this
writing, Joe's latest effort was the joint venture called "Chickenfoot",
which included band members Sammy Hager on vocals, Michael Anthony (Van
Halen) on bass, and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on drums.
Even while working with Chickenfoot, Satriani continued releasing solo
material. At the time of this writing, the Joe Satriani
Discography was as follows:1986: Not of This Earth
1987: Surfing with the Alien
1989: Flying in a Blue Dream
1992: The Extremist
1993: Time Machine
1995: Joe Satriani
1998: Crystal Planet
2000: Engines of Creation
2002: Strange Beautiful Music
2004: Is There Love in Space?
2006: Super Colossal
2008: Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock
2010: Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards