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Joe Satriani, Steve Vai & Yngwie Malmsteen

Along with teaching some of the top rock guitar players of the '80s and '90s, Joe Satriani is one of the most technically accomplished and widely respected guitarists to emerge in recent times. Born on July 15, 1956, in Westbury, New York, and raised in the nearby town of Carle Place, Satriani -- inspired by guitar legend Jimi Hendrix -- picked up the guitar at the age of 14 (although he was initially more interested in the drums). Quickly learning the instrument, Satriani began teaching guitar to others and found a kindred spirit in one of his students, Steve Vai. By the late '70s, however, Satriani had relocated to Berkeley, California. With his sights set on his own musical career, "Satch" kept teaching others, including such future rock notables as Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Larry LaLonde (Primus), David Bryson (Counting Crows), and jazz fusion player Charlie Hunter.

In the early '80s, Satriani got a gig playing guitar with power popster Greg Kihn, doing some session work and touring with the group (an archival release recorded around this time, King Biscuit Flower Hour, was later issued in 1996), and issuing his own solo self-titled EP in 1984, financing and releasing the project entirely on his own. But when Vai hit the big time as the guitarist of David Lee Roth's solo band in 1986, he offered praise for his good friend and former teacher in several major guitar publications, leading to widespread interest in Satriani's playing. The timing couldn't have been more perfect for Satch, as he'd just issued his first full-length solo album, Not of This Earth, which automatically made ripples in the rock guitar community.

But the best was still to come, in the form of his sophomore release, 1987's Surfing with the Alien. Almost overnight, Satriani was widely regarded as one of rock's top guitarists, as the album earned gold certification and the guitarist would finish at the top of guitar magazine's polls for years afterward. He was even handpicked by Mick Jagger to accompany the famous singer on a tour of Australia and Japan around this time. A stopgap EP, Dreaming #11, combined both studio and live tracks and was issued a year later, and in 1989, Satriani issued his third solo full-length, Flying in a Blue Dream. Another sizeable hit, the album also marked Satch's debut as a vocalist on several tracks. His career received another big push the same year when his song "One Big Rush" was included on the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe's hit movie Say Anything.

The '90s began with Satriani creating his own line of guitars for the Ibanez company (the JS Joe Satriani model), but it wasn't until 1992 that he would issue his next solo release, The Extremist. The double-disc set Time Machine followed a year later (a combination of new tracks, live material, and the long out of print Joe Satriani EP from 1984), and in 1994, Satch filled in on tour for the departed Ritchie Blackmore for heavy metal pioneers Deep Purple. Although he was asked to become a full-time member, Satriani turned down the offer to return to his solo career.

Satriani issued two more solo albums during the '90s -- 1995's self-titled release and 1998's Crystal Planet -- and also started the G3 guitar showcase tour with Vai in 1996, which became an annual event; Satriani issued a live document of the tour's initial run, G3: Live in Concert, a year later. 2000 saw Satriani issue his most musically daring release yet, the electronic-based Engines of Creation, and a year later, Live in San Francisco. Engines was nominated for a Grammy the next year, and after a successful tour he stepped back into the studio. The result, Strange Beautiful Music, was released in 2002. Electric Joe Satriani: An Anthology arrived in 2003, followed by Is There Love in Space? in 2004, Super Colossal in 2005, and Satriani Live! in 2006. In addition to his own albums, Satriani has guested on several other artists' albums over the years, including Blue Öyster Cult's Imaginos, Alice Cooper's Hey Stoopid, Stuart Hamm's Radio Free Albemuth, Pat Martino's All Sides Now, and Spinal Tap's Break Like the Wind. Satriani's thirst for collaboration extended to him joining forces with ex-Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony for the 2009 supergroup Chickenfoot. The next year, Satriani returned to his guitar pyrotechnics with Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards. For that album, he recorded the 3-D special Satchurated: Live in Montreal, which was released on Blu-Ray and double-CD in 2012. Satriani returned to solo duty in 2013 with the new studio album Unstoppable Momentum. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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Why is the biography for just Satriani, They couldn't find an actual biography for the group?
Go Joe Go !!!
GuitarManDin o
GO JOE !!
GuitarManDin o
Gotta share the love :)
I have bought one of g3's albums at least 3 x's .. Every time in get it someone else thinks they need it more than I do .. I love these guys!!
One & only kiwi B1.
731103081
Amazing
731103081
Not just talent but love <3
Satriani then vai and paul gilbert in that order. Thank you for the contribution s to your instrument, sincerely, all of your fans!
I absolutely LOVE this song! These 3 are amazing!
Buckethead would be ultimate in 3 g
My Respects for Joe Satriani.... . A w e s o m e ! ! ! ! !
Kia kaha hohepa
nicslager
So how'd everyone like Satch's new album
Jorchi. Fuking. Hey. They. Are goood. Boy!
U. Are a. F**king ignorant. Milosdad. Pendejo!
All three very good, All three very boring!
Got to see and meet Steve Vai in 2013, he is a very nice guy, very personable and amazingly talented.
milosdad
PS, I've worked with Malmsteen. He's a dick.
milosdad
i hope the individuals using OMG are women or teens.
guitarman353 5
Joe is amazing I can always tell when it is him.
Yeah, criticism for his playing with Chickenfoot isn't too cool... why should he limit himself to always playing the same style and playing the virtuoso.. I'll bet he likes playing a variety and doing something different with friends in a different band and style.
yourpatriot2 - OMG you really are clueless. Do your research on the band you are going to see before you go to the concert. Chickenfoot is a BAND! A band means SHARING the spotlight. Its totally different than a solo SATCH concert. A band means there are songs. And it takes everyone contributing to make the songs happen.
chicken leg OMG whit a d--k
Yourpatriot2 its chicken foot not chicken leg f**kin name dropper
I have this dvd very good.i like vai his doubleneck playing is awsome.
When i heard flying in a blue dream that really took me to a very bigger picture of guitar playing.
yourpatriot2
I saw the group Chicken Leg. What trash and what a disappointme n t . After seeing Joe do a solo concert live, that is what I expected. Instead, it seemed like it was all about some mediocre singer who got in the way. I've seen the best, Hendrix, Clapton, Koetke, Walsh, Santana, and lots more. Joe Satriani is easily as good as any of them. He belongs with Vai, Malmsteen, Hoey, and the like who can measure up to his talent rather than drown it out.
phil.thrilll 6 6
Let's all acknowledge that they are all great players. I play & I admire everything that's what makes a great guitarist!!!
Best Guitar Player EVER
Joes a great guy man!
Good Music!-Just boring as hell to listen to. How's the for a contradictio n ?
cmfuchs880
There's a reason his name is the last of the three. Talented shredder with no heart or soul. I'd take Paul Gilbert over Yngwie too.
Are you kidding me nate? malmsteen is one of the best if not the best guitarists in the world.
Dat's wat I rox about
Kick out Malmsteen and add Petrucci and you've got the dream team.
GET SOME B**CHES!
kvons1
Top of the breed! --- oh ya, and don't forget Eric Johnson & Joe Bonamassa!
Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, Vinnie Moore, Steve Vai, Rob Johnson, Joe Stump. (and oh so many others) ......are all somewhat god like shredders and players. I cannot pick one that is above the others. Styles are a bit different... b u t all have talents that just can't be mastered with time and practice alone. Perhaps they have found out how to access that other 80% of our brain that we don't use!!! I listen to at least one of them everyday!!
I have witnessed Satch, Flying in a Blue Dream tour with Eric Johnson opening and Vai with Whitesnake, twice on the same tour, also saw Vivian while he was in the band, Whitesnake had some top notch guitar work for but rock lolz but still wishing I saw Yngwie
he's awesome
yup.
i just made this station so i'm building it. lol
sdudenbostel 0
You apparently are young. Jimi was ahead of his time and influenced so many guitarist's. Joe was one of them. Just like technology has grown faster than ever imagined so does music. It will continue to morph forever. Sometimes in full circle.
anthonytrm
jimmy coulnt hold a candle to satch..i am sorry but jimmy was one dimensional while joe can do it all...follow the man before you make comments like that people
The F@%&*@G TRUTH!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Sick as hell
espinada9
...and Jimi continues to be the benchmark for guitar heroes.
thre of the most prficient guitarist together.coo l .
Got the chance to see Joe twice live. Two of the best live perfomances I have ever seen.
kristen.harr i g a n
The GREATEST EVER. Best melodic shredder. Malmsteen has nothing bus speed. Vai is a close 2nd but for my money, Joe's the way to Go.
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