Outlanders (Ex-Nightwish, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Sleeping Indian”

Outlanders, the band featuring ex-Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen and EDM artist Torsten Stenzel, have premiered a new song titled “Sleeping Indian.” The track, which features guitarist Joe Satriani and Antiguan rapper Nkoye Zifah, can be streamed below. You can also purchase it on 7 inch vinyl.

Joe Satriani Announces June Art Showings

Joe Satriani will be hosting art showings at two Wentworth Gallery locations in Virginia and Maryland. The exhibits will feature a number of one-of-a-kind pieces including original canvases and hand painted guitars.

Here’s the dates:

06/11 McLean, VA – Wentworth Gallery at Tysons Galleria (at 3-6 p.m.)
06/12 Bethesda, MD – Wentworth Gallery at Montgomery Mall (at 1-3 p.m.)

Christian O’Mahony, principal at Wentworth Gallery, said the following:

“Joe is a master storyteller. Just as his music draws in the listener, his art draws in the viewer. His artwork is emotional, imaginative, and fantastic. Not only do you see the universe through Joe’s eyes, but you also contemplate our place in it.”

Satriani added:

“Music and art are my passions. I like making the invisible visible and the unimaginable real. The image on a canvas or an electric guitar for that matter can make you feel something unexpected and revealing, something that is the beginning of a greater personal insight. Challenging the straight line and the concepts of what belongs with what excites me. I want to experience new color combinations to make me see beyond the prevailing reality. There’s a balance between seriousness and humor that can imbue in a painting a kind of resilience and longevity, making it forever contemporary. When I paint and play my guitar, I strive to be in a state of exhilaration and communicate that feeling to my fans.”

[via Blabbermouth]

David Lee Roth Comments On Potential Van Halen Tribute Tour

As previously reported, Joe Satriani recently confirmed that he was in talks about doing a Van Halen tribute tour with Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth. The guitarist made the comment after Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica) revealed that he was also approached about taking part in the project. Now, Roth has shared his thoughts on the idea in a statement issued to Van Halen News Desk:


Joe Satriani Confirms He’s “Been Talking With Alex Van Halen And David Lee Roth” About A Van Halen Tribute Tour

During a recent appearance on “Rock Of Nations With Dave Kinchen,” Joe Satriani confirmed that he was in talks about doing a Van Halen tribute tour with Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth. This news comes after Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica) previously revealed that he was approached about taking part in the project.

Satriani said the following:

“I’ve been talking with Alex and Dave for about a year about doing something — a tour, something like that — that was gonna be a true tribute to Eddie [Van Halen] and the VAN HALEN legacy.

For me, it was a terrifying prospect of doing something like that, but I realized that it was something that would be a real labor of love for me. I was just so honored to take on the challenge.

It’s very complicated. And all I can really say about it is that if it does happen, I know we’ll make it the greatest thing ever for the fans and we’ll all celebrate together not only the great Eddie Van Halen but the legacy that that band created, the amazing amount of music and the goodwill and good vibes they created as a band.”

The guitarist went on to say that he was surprised Newsted broke the news about the project:

“These things are always happening in the music industry, and you’re supposed to keep very quiet about it [laughs], because sometimes they don’t work out. There’s usually about 10 crazy ideas that float around and musicians are always, like, ‘Okay, I won’t say anything about this ’cause it may not work out. I don’t wanna hurt this person’s feelings or disrupt any other business plans.’ So, yeah, we were all pretty shocked that Jason wanted to go public with it ’cause we were all sworn to silence. [Laughs]”

He also added:

“I have to say that just getting to know Alex has been really wonderful. He’s a great human being, and, obviously, I can’t imagine losing a brother that way, so soon. And they were really close; their relationship was really quite unique.

I don’t know Dave that well. I think I’ve only met him once — maybe when Steve [Vai] invited us to see the David Lee Roth tour. I was in Australia with Mick Jagger at the time, so we all went; it was quite an experience. But, yeah, I’ve only spoken to Dave on the phone a number of times over the last — I don’t know — 25 years or so. But he’s David Lee Roth; they’re VAN HALEN. It’s a big deal.

Like I said before, if it ever does happen, it will be a great honor and a terrifying challenge. Eddie, you can’t reproduce what he did — you can’t. You can learn the notes and you can be taught all the fingerings and get the gear and everything, but there was only one Eddie and he was the epitome of an original genius. But if it does happen, I know that Alex will make sure that it’s the right way to do it.”

Satriani also compared the project to Chickenfoot, which finds him joined by ex-Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony:

“I looked at it from a musical point of view. I spent most of my life trying to memorize my own catalog — there are a lot of notes to memorize and to pull off a show and to stay focused on it. So every time something like this comes up, like CHICKENFOOT, it’s, like, ‘Okay, I’ve gotta make space in my brain for a whole other way of playing.’ The great thing is when you get together with the guys in CHICKENFOOT, their personalities are so huge and they bring so much talent that you don’t really have to be so big; you just be a part of something.

But the thought of representing all the eras of VAN HALEN, that’s pretty daunting; that’s a lot of stuff. And just from a guitar player’s point of view, Eddie progressed remarkably as a player and as an inventor, and those two things, they kind of went together from ‘Van Halen I’ all the way to the last album. And when you sit down to actually learn it and pull it off, you go, ‘Wow! Not only do I need talent but I need [to use specific] gear,’ ’cause certain things won’t work unless you’ve got this amp and it’s doing that. So that’s also another thing.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Jason Newsted Says Alex Van Halen Approached Him And Joe Satriani About A Possible Van Halen Tribute Tour

During an interview with The Palm Beach Post, Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica) revealed that Alex Van Halen approached him and Joe Satriani (Chickenfoot) about doing a Van Halen tribute tour. The bassist went on to say that he agreed to jam with the drummer and guitarist in California, but he didn’t think they could honor the Van Halen legacy:

“How could you? There’s nobody that can top it, so how do you show it honor? I didn’t want it to be viewed as a money grab. And then it kind of just all fizzled.”

Joe Satriani Announces Fall North American Tour

Joe Satriani has announced a fall North American tour. The guitarist will be touring in support of his new album “The Elephants Of Mars” (out April 8).

Tour Dates:

09/21 Riverside, CA – Fox Performing Arts Center
09/22 San Diego, CA – Balboa Theatre
09/23 Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theatre
09/24 Scottsdale, AZ – Talking Stick Resort
09/25 Reno, NV – Grand Theatre @ Grand Sierra Resort
09/26 Stockton, CA – Bob Hope Theater
09/28 Seattle, WA – The Moore Theatre
09/29 Spokane, WA – Bing Crosby Theater
09/30 Salem, OR – Elsinore Theatre
10/02 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
10/04 Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
10/06 Salina, KS – Stiefel Theatre
10/07 Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Theatre
10/08 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
10/09 Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
10/12 Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
10/13 Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center Theatre
10/14 Kalamazoo, MI – Kalamazoo State Theatre
10/15 Wabash, IN – Honeywell Center
10/16 Canton, OH – Canton Palace Theatre
10/17 Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Center for the Arts
10/19 Durham, NC – Carolina Theatre
10/20 Greensburg, PA – Palace Theatre
10/21 Northfield, OH – MGM Northfield Park
10/22 Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
10/23 Nashville, TN – Brown County Music Center
10/24 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
10/26 Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
10/27 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
10/29 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
11/02 Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
11/03 Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
11/04 Collingswood, NJ – Scottish Rite Auditorium
11/05 Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
11/07 Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Symphony Hall
11/09 Ponte Vedra, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
11/10 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
11/11 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – The Parker
11/12 Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
11/14 Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall
11/16 San Antonio, TX – Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
11/17 Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre
11/18 Houston, TX – House of Blues
11/19 Dallas, TX – Majestic Theatre

Joe Satriani Premieres New Song “Pumpin'”

Joe Satriani has premiered a new song titled “Pumpin’.” This track is from the guitarist’s new album “The Elephants Of Mars,” which will be released on April 8. Satriani said the following about the song:

“[It’s] a high-energy, funky celebration about the visceral side of being alive. Heart pumpin’, living large, moving fast, and feelin’ good!”

Joe Satriani Postpones European/UK Tour To Spring 2023

Joe Satriani has postponed his European/UK tour due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The trek is now scheduled for spring 2023.

2023 Tour Dates:

04/01 Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene
04/02 Stockholm, Sweden – Fryshuset Arenan
04/03 Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
04/04 Odense, Denmark – Posten
04/05 Aarhus, Denmark – Train
04/07 Prague, Czech Republic – Prague Congress Centre
04/08 Vienna, Austria – Wiener Stadhalle
04/10 Budapest, Hungary – Barba Negra Track
04/11 Warsaw, Poland – Stodola Club
04/13 Enschede, Netherlands – Muziekcentrum Enschede
04/14 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg the Max
04/15 Heerlen, Netherlands – RABOzaal Heerlen
04/16 Antwerp, Belgium – De Roma
04/17 Oberhausen, Germany – Turbinenhalle Oberhausen
04/18 Nürnberg, Germany – Löwensaal
04/20 Berlin, Germany – Huxley’s Neue Welt
04/22 Zurich, Switzerland – Volkshaus Zurich
04/24 Milano, Italy – Teatro dal Verme
04/26 Napoli, Italy – Teatro Augusteo
04/28 Lecce, Italy – Teatro Politeama Greco
04/29 Roma, Italy – Auditorium Conciliazione
04/30 Firenze, Italy – Teatro Verdi
05/02 Bologna, Italy – Europaditorium
05/04 Lyon, France – Transbordeur
05/05 Nantes, France – Cité des Congrès
05/06 Clermont-Ferrand, France – Coopérative de Mai
05/07 Tours, France – Le Vinci
05/09 Rennes, France – Le Liberté
05/10 Saint-Malo, France – La Nouvelle Vague
05/12 Birmingham, UK – Birmingham Symphony Hall
05/13 Gateshead, UK – Gateshead Sage 1
05/14 Manchester, UK – Bridgewater Hall
05/15 Glasgow, Scotland – O2 Academy Glasgow
05/16 Bexhill, UK – Bexhill De La Warr
05/17 London, UK – Palladium
05/19 Reims, France – La Cartonnerie
05/20 Paris, France – L’Olympia
05/22 Metz, France – Bam
05/23 Besançon, France – La Rodia
05/24 Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie
05/26 Karlsruhe, Germany – Kulturzentrum Tollhaus Karlsruhe
05/27 Winterbach, Germany – Salierhalle Winterbach
05/30 Toulouse, France – Théâtre du Casino Barrière
05/31 Perpignan, France – Le Médiator
06/01 Barcelona, Spain – Sala Barts
06/02 Madrid, Spain – Sala la Riviera
06/03 Bilbao, Spain – Santana 27
06/04 Bordeaux, France – Théâtre Femina

Joe Satriani Premieres New Song “Faceless”

Joe Satriani has premiered a new song titled “Faceless.” This track is from the guitarist’s new album “The Elephants Of Mars,” which will be released on April 8. Satriani said the following about the song:

“It’s about when the person you want to see you for who you really are doesn’t seem to recognize you. It’s also a comment on a society where people are truly knowing each other less and less, being separated by their differences rather than being united for their shared hopes and dreams. The solo section represents one’s true self finally breaking free.”

Joe Satriani Premieres “Sahara” Music Video

Joe Satriani has premiered a new video for his new song “Sahara.” This track is from the guitarist’s new album “The Elephants Of Mars,” which will be released on April 8.

“The Elephants Of Mars” Track Listing:

01. “Sahara”
02. “The Elephants Of Mars”
03. “Faceless”
04. “Blue Foot Groovy”
05. “Tension And Release”
06. “Sailing The Seas Of Ganymede”
07. “Doors Of Perception”
08. “E 104th St NYC”
09. “Pumpin'”
10. “Dance Of The Spores”
11. “Night Scene”
12. “Through A Mother’s Day Darkly”
13. “22 Memory Lane”
14. “Desolation”