Joe Satriani to release new studio album “Shapeshifting” on April 10th 2020

Joe Satriani Shapeshifting cover
Joe Satriani’s new studio album, “Shapeshifting”, is set for release on April 10th, 2020, via Sony Music/Legacy Recordings.

The first single, “Nineteen Eighty”, is available today on all streaming platforms and at rock radio stations nationwide. Listen to the the new single below.

Pre-order packages are also available beginning today. In addition to the CD and standard black vinyl, the D2C store will offer an exclusive translucent blue colored, signed vinyl. Additional offerings will include stemless wine glasses, coffee mugs, koozies, crew socks, guitar picks and a t-shirt - all featuring Joe’s original artwork. Also available, an autographed CD via pre-order with Newbury Comics online retails store. Anyone who pre-orders via the D2C will receive early access to the upcoming US tour, to be announced shortly.

“Shapeshifting” was co-produced by Joe Satriani and Jim Scott (Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) with longtime associate John Cuniberti on board handling the mastering duties. Satriani enlisted a wide range of collaborators, both old and new, to help him bring the songs to life. Legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty), bassist Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction) and keyboardist Eric Caudieux were the core musicians on the new album with additional contributions coming from Lisa Coleman (The Revolution) and Christopher Guest.

The retro feeling sounds of first single, “Nineteen Eighty” finds Satriani spiritually revisiting the time period when he was working with his first band, the Squares. The future guitar hero the world came to know less than a decade later, would have to wait. He recalls that in those early days, they “dialed back the guitar solos and histrionics to try to create a cooler new wave vibe”. Decades removed from those goals, he was free to go forward and attempt to recapture what was on his mind in 1980.

Staying true to the sounds of the time, he even used a vintage MXR EVH phaser. “I’ve always been a huge fan of Eddie Van Halen”, Satriani says. “In my mind, he just crystallized that era. The late 70s and early 80s, he kind of saved rock guitar. So that’s what I would have been doing”.

Pre-order “Shapeshifting” here.

1. Shapeshifting
2. Big Distortion
3. All For Love
4. Ali Farka, Dick Dale, an Alien and Me
5. Teardrops
6. Perfect Dust
7. Nineteen Eighty
8. All My Friends Are Here
9. Spirits, Ghosts And Outlaws
10. Falling Stars
11. Waiting
12. Here The Blue River
13. Yesterday’s Yesterday

As previously announced, Satriani will embark on “The Shapeshifting Tour” beginning April 15, 2020 with a 42-date European leg that currently winds up in mid-June. Additional dates, including the U.S., to be announced soon. 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.

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.

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