Personalities | Joe Satriani | Eighties | Rock
(Guitar, b. 1956)
Satriani was an influential teacher – students include Steve Vai, Kirk Hammett of Metallica and Primus’s Larry LaLonde – before becoming a recording artist in his late 20s. He is not simply a stunt-guitarist, even though some of his playing on his debut Surfing With The Alien (1987) is jaw-dropping. It reached the US Top 30 and inspired a generation of players. He mixes a plethora of styles from rock’n’roll workouts to lyrical ballads via jazz and funk odysseys. He added passable vocals to Flying In A Blue Dream (1989). 1992’s The Extremist went to a surprising No. 13 in the UK, after nu metal guitarists started to sing his praises. After a short spell with Deep Purple he released an entertaining live set with former pupil Vai and fellow axe-man Eric Johnson, entitled G3 In Concert (1997). Ever open-minded, he even experimented with electronica on Engines Of Creation (2001).
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