Joe Satriani‘s current North American tour with Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller, and Marco Minnemann
Having seen Joe Satriani perform live approximately 50 times, and never having missed a tour since 1997, I was very pleased to see four performances, attend three meet-and-greets and stage tours, and have the wonderful privilege to watch an encore from backstage in Las Vegas on his current “From Surfing to Shockwave Tour” earlier this month. My husband and I were in attendance at the concerts at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego, the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, the Pearl Concert Theater in Las Vegas, and the Grand Ballroom at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale.
On this tour, Mr. Satriani has returned to the much-loved format of a full evening’s performance. There is no opening band, but rather, his set is split into two sections with a 15-minute intermission between.
I would be remiss not to mention the meet-and-greet portion of these evenings because, unlike many meet-and-greets that I have attended for numerous artists over the years, there is a real difference with Mr. Satriani when he puts together an experience for his fans. There is never any hurriedness. His staff and crew are some of the kindest and most hospitable people you will ever encounter in the business. The stage tour is very intimate, and you leave with a feeling of a very personal encounter.
While Mr. Satriani has an extremely vast catalog of music to choose from, and having seen him so many times over the years, I was prepared to hear many of the same songs that I have heard 50 times before. However, much to my delight, this tour is different. While many staples are still present in both sets, he plays some songs that I have not heard live in over 15 years – such as “Not of This Earth“, “Crystal Planet“, and “Luminous Flesh Giants“. The selections from his new “Shockwave Supernova” CD were curated with perfection. The show opens with the title track from his latest CD “Shockwave Supernova” and includes tracks such as “On Peregrine Wings”, “Cataclysmic”, “If There Is No Heaven”, “Butterfly and Zebra”, and “Goodbye Supernova” before the two-song encore.
On this tour, like the “Unstoppable Momentum” tour, Mr. Satriani has the amazingly talented Mike Keneally doing double duty on the guitars and keyboards. The rhythm section is held together by the extremely talented and versatile Bryan Beller (bass) and Marco Minnemann (drums) of The Aristocrats. Even better yet, they all look like they are truly enjoying themselves on stage and appear to be very tight as a group like they have played together forever.