Joe Satriani announces new studio album “Shapeshifting” - due out in Spring 2020

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Joe Satriani s ready to kick off the new decade with a new album release and world tour. Set for release this spring, “Shapeshifting” marks the legendary guitarists 18th studio album in his nearly 35-year career in music. More details on the new album to come shortly.

As previously announced, “The Shapeshifting Tour” opens on April 15, 2020 with a 42 date European leg beginning in Germany and winding up with a trio of mid-June shows in Spain with more dates to be announced soon. The set list for the live show will feature tracks from the new “Shapeshifting” album in addition to many of his classic fan-favorites including “Surfing with the Alien”, “Always with Me, Always with You” and “Flying in a Blue Dream”. The 2020 touring band features celebrated drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty), bassist Bryan Beller (Aristocrats) and keyboardist Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc) joining Satriani on guitar.

On January 15, 2020, Satriani will be inducted into the 2020 Metal Hall of Fame by his friend and former guitar student, Steve Vai. The ceremony, hosted by television and radio personality, Eddie Trunk, will take place during a non-profit charity Gala whose proceeds go to bringing free drum therapy services to special needs children at specific health facilities and community centers throughout the United States. Other 2020 Metal Hall of Fame inductees include Steve Vai, Geoff Tate, Don Dokken, Graham Bonnet and Metal Church while previous Inductees include Judas Priest, Motorhead, Ronnie James Dio, Bill Ward, Mikkey Dee, Randy Rhoads, Scorpions, and Doro Pesch, among other hard rock and heavy metal icons. To see the full list of Metal Hall of Fame inductees, please click here.

On January 16 Joe and Eddie Trunk will meet up again, this time at LA’s famous Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Blvd for Trunk’s monthly LA Invasion show airing live on SiriusXM 106 Volume channel. The show will air live from 7-9pm PT and replay Friday from 2-4pm ET and 10-midnight ET. It will also be available on the SiriusXM app.

In other Satriani music related news, two sets of Satriani music have now been added to streaming platforms. Additional Creations and Bonus Tracks, featuring alternate versions of four songs from his “Engines of Creation” album along with 12 other various bonus tracks join a newly released deluxe edition of his classic 1987 album, “Surfing with the Alien” (Deluxe Edition), which arrived late last year featuring new artwork and a bonus disc, “Stripped – the Backing Tracks”. The latter, launched as a limited run for Black Friday’s Record Store Day in November, features the songs from the album with all guitar solos removed.  The set also features new artwork with Satriani’s guitar replacing the iconic Silver Surfer on the cover. Said Satriani: “Seeing my chrome guitar bursting through a multicolor wormhole seems quite fitting. It’s as if it always belonged there”.

Since 1987, Satriani’s platinum, dual Grammy nominated album “Surfing with the Alien”, has established him as a legend in the music world for over 30 years. Satriani explained his decision to make the stripped version, after years of reluctance for such a work, “When I build a track from scratch it’s a kind of musical alchemy, a mixture of voodoo, mojo, blood, sweat, tears, prayers… and a lot of hard work. I cherish them because of this... it’s no wonder I’ve been reluctant to release them (stripped)”. Now, he is truly excited about giving this new and exciting versions of his music to the fans, “You can play along with these tracks or just sit back and enjoy the mixes as they are”.

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.

About The Metal Hall of Fame: The Metal Hall of Fame holds the Annual Metal Hall of Fame Celebrity Gala. It is dedicated to forever enshrining the iconic musicians and music industry executives responsible for making hard rock and heavy metal music what it is today. Their contribution to the genre is invaluable, and they continue to inspire fans throughout the world, from generation to generation. It is part of the 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities), which provides free therapy services for disabled children and their families in hospitals and community centers throughout the United States. For more information, or for 2020 Metal Hall of Fame Tickets, please click here.

Check out all the Spring and Summer 2020 European & UK tour dates below. Get tickets here.

European & UK Tour Dates 2020:
April 15th Mainz, Germany - Halle 45
April 16th Zurich, Switzerland - Volkshaus Zurich
April 18th Karlsruhe, Germany - Tollhaus
April 19th Berlin, Germany - Huxleys
April 20th Oberhausen, Germany - Turbinenhalle
April 21st Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg the max
April 23rd Antwerp, Belgium - De Roma
April 24th Enschede, Netherlands - Muziekcentrum Enschede
April 25th Winterbach, Germany - Salierhalle
April 27th Aarhus, Denmark - Train
April 28th Odense, Denmark - Posten
April 29th Copenhagen, Denmark - Amager Bio
April 30th Stockholm, Sweden - Fryshuset
May 2nd Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
May 5th Warsaw, Poland - Stodola Club
May 6th Prague, Czech - Prague Congress Centre
May 7th Vienna, Austria - Wiener Stadhalle
May 8th Budapest, Hungary - Barba Negra Track
May 10th Bologna, Italy - Teatro Europauditorium
May 12th Firenze, Italy - Teatro Verdi
May 14th Napoli, Italy - Teatro Augusteo
May 15th Lecce, Italy - Politeama Greco
May 16th Roma, Italy - Auditorium Conciliazione
May 18th Milano, Italy - Teatro Dal Verme
May 19th Nuremberg, Germany - Löwensaal
May 20th Heerlen, Netherlands - RABOzaal Heerlen
May 22nd Bexhill, UK - Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
May 23rd Glasgow, UK - O2 Academy Glasgow
May 24th Gateshead, UK - Sage
May 25th Manchester, UK - Bridgewater Hall
May 26th London, UK - Palladium
May 28th Birmingham, UK - Birmingham Symphony Hall
May 30th Gerardmer, France - Gerardmer Motordays Festival
May 31st Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie
June 2nd Paris, France - L'Olympia
June 4th Nantes, France - Cite des Congres
June 5th Saint-Malo, France - La Nouvelle
June 6th Clermont-Ferrand, France - La Cooperative de Mai
June 7th Lyon, France - Le Transbordeur
June 9th Valencia, Spain - Auditorio Casa de Cultura Burjassot
June 10th Madrid, Spain - Sala La Riviera
June 11th Barcelona, Spain - Sala Barts

More dates to be announced soon.