In a new interview with Guitar International, guitar legend JOE SATRIANI discusses his new album, Unstoppable Momentum, and also touches on the status of supergroup CHICKENFOOT, which also features former VAN HALEN and MONTROSE vocalist Sammy Hagar, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith, and former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony.
Q: What’s the status of Chickenfoot and when can we expect the next CD?
A: "All I can tell you is that we had a pretty tasty dinner the other night, Chad Smith, Sammy Hagar, and myself. We were at El Paseo, of course, at Sam’s restaurant. We were having a good time and I think we came to the realization is that it would be really hard to find some time in the next nine months to do a record. But we are committed to figuring it out.
I believe there are at least one or two more albums in us as a unit, but finding the time and the city where we can all get together for five days, that’s going to be the trick. We’re working on it right now. Sam’s focused on his new album, I’m right in the middle of my touring cycle, and I think Chad still has a bunch of big shows with the Chili Peppers that he’s got to get to every few months."
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Satriani recently added LIVING COLOUR to the bill supporting the West Coast leg of his upcoming US tour. Living Colour will join the guitarist when he hits Seattle, WA on October 22nd and will continue through Salem and Paso Robles before winding up on October 26th in Satriani's home base, in the Bay Area, with a show at the Fox Theater in Oakland.
The US tour launches on August 29th in San Diego with STEVE MORSE as support on the first leg. Joining Satriani on the road are veteran band mate Mike Keneally (FRANK ZAPPA, STEVE VAI) on keyboards, along with an entirely new rhythm-section, featuring bassist Bryan Beller (DETHKLOK, DWEEZIL ZAPPA) and drummer Marco Minnemann (ADRIAN BELEW, STEVE WILSON).
Satriani has just concluded his hugely successful two-month European tour, the critical praise is overwhelming. Hitting seventeen countries in all, the tour has played to sold-out venues throughout the continent. It was also recently announced that Satriani will be honored to perform the National Anthem at this year’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The multi-platinum guitarist is set to serenade the grid this year as he performs the Star-Spangled Banner at the Red Bull US Grand Prix on Sunday, July 21st. Satriani will perform from the track just prior to the three-day event’s premier contest, the MotoGP World Championship race.
Joe Satriani’s Unstoppable Momentum Tour itinerary:
29 - Balboa Theatre - San Diego, CA *
30 - Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort - Las Vegas, NV *
31 - Orpheum Theatre - Los Angeles, CA *
1 - Talking Stick Resort Ballroom - Scottsdale, AZ *
2 - Kiva Auditorium - Albuquerque, NM *
4 - Historic Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO *
5 - Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center - Midland, TX *
6 - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie - Grand Prairie, TX *
7 - House of Blues - Houston, TX *
8 - Austin City Limits – Moody Theatre - Austin, TX *
10 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA *
11 - Ruth Eckerd Hall - Clearwater, FL *
12 - Parker Playhouse - Ft. Lauderdale, FL *
13 - Hard Rock Live - Orlando, FL *
14 - Saenger Theatre - Pensacola, FL *
15 - Symphony Hall - Atlanta, GA *
17 - War Memorial Auditorium - Nashville, TN *
18 - Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL *
19 - Lakewood Civic Auditorium - Lakewood, OH *
20 - Taft Theatre - Cincinnati, OH *
21 - Wings Stadium - Kalamazoo, MI *
22 - Macomb Music Theatre - Mt. Clemens, MI
24 - Carolina Theatre - Durham, NC *
25 - Warner Theatre - Washington, DC *
26 - Beacon Theatre - New York, NY *
27 - Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA*
28 - Tower Theatre - Upper Darby, PA *
29 - Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead - Munhall, PA *
1 - Center for the Arts - Buffalo, NY *
2 - Palace Theatre - Albany, NY *
3 - State Theatre - Portland, ME *
4 - Casino New Brunswick - New Brunswick, NB
5 - Rebecca Cohn Auditorium - Halifax, NS
7 - Le Capitole De Quebec - Quebec City, QC
8 - National Arts Centre Southam Hall - Ottawa, ON
9 - St. Denis Theatre - Montreal, QC
10 - Centre in the Square - Kitchener, ON
11 - Massey Hall - Toronto, ON
14 - Burton Cummings Theatre - Winnipeg, MB
15 - TCU Place - Saskatoon, SK
16 - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium - Edmonton, AB
17 - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium - Calgary, AB
19 - Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, BC
21 - The Fox Theater - Spokane, WA
22 - Paramount Theatre - Seattle, WA **
23 - Historic Elsinore Theatre - Salem, OR **
25 - Vina Robles Amphitheatre - Paso Robles, CA **
26 - Fox Theater - Oakland, CA **
* featuring Steve Morse Band as support through Portland, ME
** featuring Living Colour as support on the west coast
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