Aug. 30--Joe Satriani. His name is synonymous with guitars. The 57-year-old rock guitarist and multi-instrumentalist started his career as a guitar instructor before being recruited by Mick Jagger as the lead guitarist for his solo tour.
From there, Satriani toured with Deep Purple and has been nominated many times for Grammy Awards.
Some of his guitar students have achieved fame, including Steve Vai, Larry LaLonde, Kirk Hammett, Andy Timmons, Charlie Hunter and Alex Skolnick.
He is back with his 14th studio album "Unstoppable Momentum," and I caught up with the guitar legend just before his tour started up.
Adrian Gomez: You've performed with some of the biggest names in music over the course of your career. Did you ever imagine having a career like the one you've had when you first started out?
Joe Satriani: Having a solo career still surprises me! Playing with Mick Jagger, Deep Purple, Chickenfoot, etc. ... it's all stuff of rock 'n' roll fantasy. I never thought success would be this unusual and unpredictable, and so much fun!
AG: What advice, if any, would you give to a young musician (or guitarist) starting out?
JS: Be prepared for good luck to stop by your door step. If you're not prepared it will go to the next house. So, practice, get experience any way you can and love what you do.
AG: Growing up, who were some of the musicians who inspired you? How does it feel now to be that point of inspiration for others?
JS: Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Wes Montgomery, Chuck Berry, Miles Davis, etc. A little freaky to look at it that way, but a good feeling all the same. It's the way it should be. I spent many years teaching guitar, enjoyed it and loved putting knowledge and inspiration in the hands of younger players.
AG: After all this time in the music industry, what still drives you to get out there and go on tour?
JS: I guess I just love playing music for people, it's just that simple. Performing live is a way of life for me as is composing and wood-shedding. I identify with the life of an artist, always moving forward, trying to grow in a creative way and sharing that journey with the world.
AG: Over the course of your solo career, how has your process evolved in the studio -- technology wise?
JS: ProTools helps in that you can capture and save almost anything, but I still rely on scraps of paper, funny little notes written on hotel stationary and the odd iPhone recording to document moments of inspiration. You never know when a great idea will come, but you have to follow it because it may not return!
With Steve Morse WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2 WHERE: Kiva Auditorium, 401 Second NW HOW MUCH: $33.50-$73.50 plus fees at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000
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