Joe Satriani released the details on his new album this week.
Shapeshifting is scheduled for release April 10 through Sony Music/Legacy recordings. Satriani debuted the album’s lead single ‘Nineteen Eighty‘ Thursday. According to multiple media outlets, the song is a tribute to fellow guitar legend Eddie Van Halen.
Satriani talked about his respect for EVH in a recent interview.
“I’ve always been a huge fan of Eddie Van Halen,” he said. “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-orders for the 13-song record are open now. Kenny Aronoff, who filled in for Chad Smith on Chickenfoot’s most recent tour, joins Satriani on this record as one of a handful of special guest musicians. Also featured on Shapeshifting are the likes of bassist Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), Lisa Coleman (The Revolution) and Christopher Guest.
The album was co-produced by Satriani and Jim Scott (Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers). John Cuniberti mastered the album. the album’s track listing is noted below.
JOE SATRIANI – “SHAPESHIFTING”
- Big Distortion
- All For Love
- Ali Farka, Dick Dale, an Alien and Me
- Perfect Dust
- Nineteen Eighty
- All My Friends Are Here
- Spirits, Ghosts and Outlaws
- Falling Stars
- Here The Blue River
- Yesterday’s Yesterday
Satriani will hit the road in support of Shapeshifting beginning April 15 in Mainz, Germany. The 42-date European tour is scheduled to run through June 11 in Barcelona, Spain. It will feature performances in cities, such as Paris, France; Vienna, Austria and Glasgow, UK.
The tour’s schedule is noted below.
JOE SATRIANI – “THE SHAPESHIFTING TOUR 2020”
DATE CITY, COUNTRY VENUE
4/15/20 Mainz, Germany Halle 45
4/16/20 Zurich, Switzerland Volkshaus Zurich
4/18/20 Karlsruhe, Germany Tollhaus
4/19/20 Berlin, Germany Huxleys
4/20/20 Oberhausen, Germany Turbinenhalle
4/21/20 Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg the Max
4/23/20 Borgerhout, Antwerp De Roma
4/24/20 Enschede, Netherlands Muziekcentrum Enschede
4/25/20 Winterbach, Germany Salierhalle
4/27/20 Aarhus, Denmark Train
4/28/20 Odense, Denmark Posten
4/29/20 Copenhagen, Denmark Amager Bio
4/30/20 Stockholm, Sweden Fryshuset Arenan
5/2/20 Oslo, Norway Rockefeller Music Hall
5/5/20 Warsaw, Poland Stodola Club
5/6/20 Prague, Czech Prague Congress Centre
5/7/20 Vienna, Austria Vienner Stadthalle F
5/8/20 Budapest, Hungary Barba Negra Track
5/10/20 Bologna, Italy Teatro Europauditorium
5/12/20 Firenze, Italy Teatro Verdi
5/14/20 Napoli, Italy Teatro Augusteo
5/15/20 Lecce, Italy Teatro Politeama Greco
5/16/20 Roma, Italy Auditorium Conciliazione
5/18/20 Milano, Italy Teatro Dal Verme
5/19/20 Nurnberg, Germany Löwensaal
5/20/20 Heerlen, Netherlands RABOzaal Heerlen
5/22/20 Bexhill, UK Bexhill De La Warr
5/23/20 Glasgow, UK O2 Academy Glasgow
5/24/20 Gateshead, UK Gateshead Sage 1
5/25/20 Manchester, UK Bridgewater Hall
5/26/20 London, UK Palladium
5/28/20 Birmingham, UK Birmingham Symphony Hall
5/30/20 Gerardmer, France Gerardmer Motordays Festival
5/31/20 Strasbourg, France La Laiterie
6/2/20 Paris, France L’Olympia
6/4/20 Nantes, France Cite des Congres
6/5/20 Saint-Malo, France La Nouvelle Vague
6/6/20 Clermont-Ferrand, France La Cooperative de Mai
6/7/20 Lyon, France Le Transbordeur
6/9/20 Valencia, Spain Auditorio Casa de Cultura Burjassot
6/10/20 Madrid, Spain Sala La Riviera
6/11/20 Barcelona, Spain Sala Barts
More dates TBA shortly…
In other news, Joe Satriani’s landmark album Surfing With The Alien recently received the reissue treatment. The reissue was part of Record Store Day in November, and featured a second disc that itself featured the iconic album without any of its guitar solos (I.E. edited takes of each song).
Also recently released to streaming is the collection Additional Creations and Bonus Tracks. The 16-song compilation features alternate takes of four songs from his album Engines of Creation as well as 12 other rarities.
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