Joe "Satch" Satriani is an instrumental rock
and Progressive Rock
guitarist from Westbury, New York. He is an immensely influential man and the teacher of other guitar legends including Steve Vai
and Kirk Hammett
. He is the guitarist for Chickenfoot
. He sued Coldplay
for plagiarism of his 2004 song "If I Could Fly"
for use in their 2008 Grammy winning "Viva La Vida
." Note that he sued before
Coldplay won the Grammy. The case was settled out of court.
In 1993, he was a temporary member of Deep Purple
, after Ritchie Blackmore abruptly left in the middle of a tour. He declined an offer to join as a permanent member after the tour.
In 1996, Satriani started the first of many G3 tours, where he and two other guitarists(Vai
usually one of them), would play individually and then together. Ever since the tour has featured: John Petrucci
, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Yngwie Malmsteen
, Michael Schenker
, Uli Jon Roth, Paul Gilbert, Adrian Legg, and Robert Fripp
Satriani's style consists of high speed legato, two-handed tapping, and whammy bar harmonics, combined with a deep understanding of music theory that make him one of the most technically advanced guitarists.
His song "Satch Boogie"
is considered to be the most challenging song for guitar available on Rock Band
; believe it or not, Harmonix added no additional Fake Difficulty notes to the solo.
Over the course of his career, he's been nominated for 15 Grammys, but somehow has not won a single one. He almost holds the record for the most nominations without any wins. Fourteen were for Best Rock Instrumental Performance while the initial nomination was for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and the years and songs are as follows:
- Not of This Earth (1986)
- Surfing With The Alien (1987)
- Flying In a Blue Dream (1989)
- The Extremist (1992)
- Time Machine (1993) (first disc)
- Joe Satriani (1995)
- Crystal Planet (1998)
- Engines of Creation (2000)
- Strange Beautiful Music (2002)
- Is There Love In Space (2004)
- Super Colossal (2006)
- Professor Satchafunkulus and the Musterion of Rock (2008)
- Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards (2010)
- Unstoppable Momentum (2013)
- Chickenfoot (2009)
- Chickenfoot III (2011)
This guitarist may exhibit the following tropes:
- Dreaming #11 EP (1988) (includes one studio track)
- Time Machine (1993) (disc 2)
- Live in San Francisco (2001)
- Satriani Live! (2006)
- Live in Paris: I Just Wanna Rock (2010)
- Satchurated: Live in Montreal (2012)
- G3: Live in Concert (1997)
- G3: Rockin' in the Free World (2003)
- G3: Live in Tokyo (2005)