American musician Joe Satriani is arguably the most successful instrumental rock guitarist in the world, having sold millions of records and coached some of the best masters of rock guitar. Satriani performs at the Star Theatre for the first time on Thursday, Nov 13, 2014. Life! picks five of his best songs to check out. Click on the titles to watch the videos.
Satriani pretty much sings through his guitar on this song, which is taken off his breakthrough sophomore album Surfing With Alien (1987). Many fans say its one of Satriani's most emotional songs to date, and conveys a sense of peace and tranquility.
The title track from Satriani's third album, Flying In A Blue Dream (1991), captures listeners with its classic 1980s rock-style intro, and impresses with flawless guitar arpeggios and lightning fast fingerwork. The album is one of Satriani's most popular releases and his second highest-charting to date, reaching No.23 on the US Billboard 200 chart.
Summer song was the hit single from Satriani's Grammy-nominated fourth studio album The Extremist (1992). It's a straight-up, fast-paced rock and roll record, and has one of the best guitar rock solos performed by Satriani.
This song, off Satriani's 11th studio album Super Colossal (2006), is built for stadium rock, complete with chanting and hand-clapping. The track has been used by various American football and ice hockey games as a song to be played after scoring goals. At live shows, Satriani will get the audience to cheer and clap along as the band plays.
Another song off his fourth studio album The Extremist (1992), and among Satriani's most emotional songs to date.