Joe Satriani & Steve Vai Tour includes Covers and a New Shredder

Guitar legends Steve Vai and Joe Satriani have been giving the East Coast a taste of what the West Coast was treated to earlier this year as the six-string masters barnstorm together in a co-headlining tour.

As 2024 kicked off, the longtime friends reunited with Eric Johnson in the Pacific time zone for a G3 reunion, harking back nearly 30 years when the trio shared a stage on tour to show off their progressive rock stylings.

Now on the other side of the US, it's just Satriani and Vai with longer sets, a pair of iconic rock covers, and the first song the pair ever recorded together.

Technically the New Yorkers claim to have written a song together when Vai was just 14 and taking guitar lessons from an 18 year-old Satriani.

Nearly 50 years later the two rock veterans finally have their first actual number, "The Sea of Emotion, Pt. 1."

Not only is the nearly 6-minute instrumental solid, with melodic and identifiable solos, but the video is pretty funny, especially watching Satriani shred with a 1970s brown wig on.

Satriani moved away from Long Island in the late '70s for San Francisco where he still lives. There he played in the Greg Kihn Band, sang on the debut Crowded House album and hit it big with his 1986 solo album Surfing with the Alien.

Known for his exquisite tone and soaring crescendos, Satriani was Mick Jagger's guitarist during the singer's '88 solo tour, helped out Deep Purple in '93 when Ritchie Blackmore quit in the middle of the tour, and is currently in the Sammy Hagar / Michael Anthony / Chad Smith (but for now, Jason Bonham) supergroup Chickenfoot.

How stoked is the guitarist about being in Chickenfoot playing alongside two former members of Van Halen? If you look above you'll see Satriani's Twitter handle is Chickenfoot Joe.

Satriani also holds the dubious distinction of being fourth on the list of Most Grammy Nominations Without Ever Winning. He has 15 noms. Ahead of him with more are Brian McKnight (16), Snoop Dogg (17), and Zubin Mehta (18).

Vai is the more flashy of the axe-wielders, known for his exotic and inventive multi-neck guitars and insane sounds that he squeezes out of them.

He spent time in Frank Zappa's touring band learning from the master, filled in some enormous shoes by replacing Yngwie Malmsteen in Alcatrazz, then a few years later David Lee Roth tapped him to prove he didn't need Eddie Van Halen to make wild rock hits.

Steve Vai blew everyone's minds in '86 with a talking guitar magic on "Yankee Rose."

On this tour both musicians are sticking to their high energy original work. But in the encore they come together for two covers, Metallica's "Enter Sandman" and The Kinks hit (reimagined by Van Halen) "You Really Got Me."

Couldn't these virtuosos also include their version of "Eruption" to lead into it? Maybe take turns at the now-cliche '78 trailblazer?

Who knows, maybe they'll include that in the set as the gentlemen, who Satch jokingly calls G2 occasionally, hit North Carolina tonight and wind their way through the midwest, hit Texas in May and finish up in Burbank on 5/12.

The men play nearly every night so get your tickets via Satriani's website before they're off to the next theater.

Satch/Vai US tour 2024
Apr 02: Charlotte Belk Theater, NC
Apr 03: Richmond Dominion Energy Center, VA
Apr 05: Boston Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA
Apr 06: New York Beacon Theatre, NY
Apr 07: Waterbury Palace Theater, CT
Apr 08: Red Bank Count Basie Center For The Arts, NJ
Apr 10: Collingswood Scottish Rite Auditorium, NJ
Apr 11: Washington Warner Theatre, DC
Apr 13: Northfield MGM Northfield Park, OH
Apr 14: Rochester Kodak Center Theater, NY
Apr 16: Detroit Fisher Theatre, MI
Apr 18: Chicago Theatre, IL
Apr 19: Cincinnati Andrew J. Brady Icon Music Center, OH
Apr 20: Fort Wayne Embassy Theatre, IN
Apr 21: Indianapolis InMurat Theatre, IN
Apr 23: Milwaukee Riverside Theater, WI
Apr 24: Minneapolis State Theatre, MN
Apr 25: Des Moines Des Moines Civic Center, IA
Apr 26: Springfield Gillioz Theatre, MO
Apr 28: La Vista The Astro, NE
Apr 29: Salina Stiefel Theatre, KS
Apr 30: St. Louis The Factory, MO
May 01: Kansas City Uptown Theater, MO
May 03: Austin ACL Live At The Moody Theater, TX
May 04: Dallas Music Hall At Fair Park, TX
May 05: Houston 713 Music Hall, TX
May 07: Denver Paramount Theatre, CO
May 08: Salt Lake City Delta Hall At Eccles Theater, UT
May 10: Valley Center Harrah's Resort Southern California, CA
May 11: Wheatland Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, CA
May 12: Santa Rosa Luther Burbank Center For The Arts, CA

From "Crossroads" (1986)

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Last updated: 25 Apr 2024, 11:48 Etc/UTC