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Joe Satriani (1957-Present), guitar
On October 5, 2000, Joe Satriani performed the United States National Anthem at the Giants/Mets game at Pac Bell Park in San Francisco, CA. To hear Satch’s rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," click here.
Joe Satriani
Joe Satriani’s illustrious career began in 1971, when the 14 year old, inspired by the music of Jimi Hendrix, first picked up the guitar. Though he could play piano and drums as well, it was the guitar that captured his imagination.

In the late ’70s he left the east coast for California where he settled in Berkeley. While working on his own music, he also taught lessons. His students included such future guitar hotshots as Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Larry LaLonde (Primus) and jazz player Charlie Hunter.

The ’80s saw Satriani become a true musical luminary. During the early part of the decade, he struck up a fruitful working relationship with Greg Kihn, contributing session work in the studio and touring with the Greg Kihn Band. In 1984 he produced and independently released a self-titled EP, but his big break would come as a result of his teaching days in New York. Steve Vai, a former student from his home town of Carle Place was tapped to play guitar for David Lee Roth’s solo band in 1986. Vai sang the praises of his friend and former teacher in high profile guitar publications, sparking a buzz about Satriani in musician circles. Interest spiked in Satriani’s recently released album debut, Not of This Earth, but the follow-up to that recording would draw even greater accolades.

Surfing With the Alien, released in 1987, would secure Satriani his place in the pantheon of guitar gods. In addition to the sustained aesthetic impact it had (and would continue to have) on the guitar world, it was the first instrumental album to breach the Top 40 in seven years and quickly went gold. Shortly thereafter Mick Jagger invited Satriani to tour Australia and Japan with him. In 1989, Satriani released Flying in a Blue Dream, on which the guitarist also sang for the first time.

At the outset of the ’90s, Satriani designed a signature series of guitars for the Ibanez company. After issuing a couple more releases — a studio album (The Extremist) as well as Time Machine, a collection of new material and live tracks plus the out-of-print EP Joe Satriani. In 1994 he filled in for Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore when the band went on tour, later turning down an offer to stay on full-time.

In 1996 Satriani inaugurated G3, the guitar showcase that would become an annual event. Over the years such eminent players as Robert Fripp, John Petrucci, Michael Schenker, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Brian May have been featured inthe tour line-up. Between tours Satriani continues to stretch his artistry with solo efforts and contribute to works by friends and colleagues.
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