Joe Satriani Announces The Release of What Happens Next on January 12th

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World-renowned guitar virtuoso, JOE SATRIANI, announces the release of his 16th solo album, What Happens Next, set for release, January 12, 2018 on Sony/Legacy Recordings. Just a day prior to the album release, SATRIANI revives his G3 tour entity, inviting Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and Def Leppard lead guitarist, Phil Collen to join him. The G3 tour launches on January 11 in Seattle, WA and continues across the U.S. before winding up on February 25 in Milwaukee, WI. There is a special tour pre-sale promotion giving fans the opportunity to buy concert tickets with the new album as well as VIP packages.

The new, instrumentally electrifying album features a power trio of legendary status; SATRIANI on guitar and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/Black Country Communion) and drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), the latter reuniting with SATRIANI for the first time since their work in the supergroup Chickenfoot. SATRIANI is once again joined by producer/engineer/mixer Mike Fraser, his frequent collaborator over the last 20 years, on What Happens Next. Fraser is well-known for recording/mixing every AC/DC album since 1990’s The Razors Edge along with his classic works with SATRIANI going back to the release of Crystal Planet in 1998.

These new tracks literally vibrate the soul with an energy rarely found these days. From the dynamic opening track, “Energy”, to the majestic crunch of “Thunder High On The Mountain”, and the easy, sensual cords of “Smooth Soul”. This unparalleled rock-rhythm section gives What Happens Next a depth of groove that sets it apart from SATRIANI’s other work.

Since its debut in 1996, SATRIANI’s G3 tour has featured the world’s greatest guitarists (everyone from Steve Vai and Eric Johnson to Steve Lukather and Robert Fripp) and has become a consistent concert hall sell-out attraction in the U.S., South America, Europe, Australia and Japan. “I could say that I’m surprised at the durability of G3 and how much it’s grown, but in a way I’m not,” SATRIANI says with a laugh, “I think part of its charm and its mojo is in the chemistry of having three top guitarists share what they do on stage. It’s fun, it’s unpredictable, it’s wild – it’s everything you could want in a show.”

In addition to this new album and exciting tour news, a new documentary “Beyond the Supernova” shot by SATRIANI’s filmmaker son, ZZ, makes its debut at the Mill Valley Film Festival this October. The tour documentary chronicles Joe, along with his band and crew, on their last “Shockwave Supernova” tour throughout Europe and Asia.

Satriani’s Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir first released in May 2014 will now be available in paperback. Pre-orders are available now with the official release on November 7, 2017. The paperback version includes a new chapter focusing on SATRIANI’s last album, Shockwave Supernova. Read an excerpt from the new chapter HERE.

For two decades, the guitar virtuoso has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star “G3” guitar extravaganza. SATRIANI’s studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide to date and of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them. His side project, Chickenfoot, featuring former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar, former bassist Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith saw their debut album certified gold and their second studio album debuted at #9.

“What Happens Next” Track Listing:

1 – Energy                                                     

7 – Headrush

2 – Catbot                                                 

8 – Looper

3 – Thunder High On The Mountain           

9 – What Happens Next

4 – Cherry Blossoms                                   

10 – Super Funky Badass

5 – Righteous                                              

11 – Invisible

6 – Smooth Soul                                            

12 – Forever And Ever

2018 G3 Tour featuring Joe SatrianiJohn Petrucci & Phil Collen itinerary:

January 11      

The Moore Theatre                           

Seattle, WA

January 12       

Historic Elsinore Theatre                 

Salem, OR

January 13        

Grand Sierra Theatre                     

Reno, NV

January 14        

   Fox Theater                                   

Oakland, CA

January 16         

  Delta Hall at Eccles Theater         

Salt Lake City, UT *

January 17          

Brooklyn Bowl                              

Las Vegas, NV

January 18          

Mesa Arts Center                        

Mesa, AZ *

January 19       

Orpheum Theatre    

Los Angeles, CA   

January 20        

Balboa Theatre                          

San Diego, CA

January 21         

Fox Tucson Theatre                 

Tucson, AZ *

January 24       

Historic Paramount Theatre                     

Denver, CO

January 26        

The Pavillion at The Toyota Music Factory 

Irving, TX *

January 27         

Austin City Limits – Moody Theater      

Austin, TX

January 28       

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts 

Houston, TX *

January 30       

Hard Rock Live                                

Orlando, FL *

January 31        

Florida Theatre                               

Jacksonville, FL *

February 1     

Pompano Beach Amphitheatre       

Pompano Beach, FL*

February 2      

Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall   

Fort Myers, FL *

February 3       

Mahaffey Theater                                   

St. Petersberg, FL *

February 6        

Raleigh Memorial Auditorium                

Raleigh, NC

February 8         

Toyota Presents Oakdale                          

Wallingford, CT *

February 9     

Landmark Theatre                                    

Syracuse, NY *

February 10    

Palace Theatre                                        

Albany, NY *

February 11     

The Palace Theatre                                

Greensburg, PA *

February 14      

Warner Theatre                                     

Washington, DC *

February 15    

Orpheum Theatre                                 

Boston, MA

February 16     

Beacon Theatre                                   

New York, NY *

February 17      

Merriam Theater                                 

Philadelphia, PA

February 18       

New Jersey Performing Arts Center  

Newark, NJ *

February 20    

Auditorium Theatre                          

Rochester, NY *

February 21     

Massey Hall                                    

Toronto, ONT

February 22      

Hard Rock Live                              

Northfield, OH

February 23       

Chicago Theatre                           

Chicago, IL *

February 24     

State Theatre                               

Minneapolis, MN

February 25      

Riverside Theater                          

Milwaukee, WI

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