Joe Satriani: Nineteen Eighty
Joe Satriani is releasing his 18th studio album, Shapeshifting, in April. He’s just released a video for the tune “Nineteen Eighty” as a preview of what’s to come.
“The retro feeling sounds of first single, ‘Nineteen Eighty’ finds Satriani spiritually revisiting the time period when he was working with his first band, the Squares. The future guitar hero the world came to know less than a decade later, would have to wait,” according to the album’s press release. “He recalls that in those early days, they ‘dialed back the guitar solos and histrionics to try to create a cooler new wave vibe.’ Decades removed from those goals, he was free to go forward and attempt to recapture what was on his mind in 1980.”
Drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty), bassist Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), and keyboardist Eric Caudieux were the core musicians on the new album, with additional contributions coming from Lisa Coleman (The Revolution) and Christopher Guest.
A tour will be kicking off April 15th in support of the album, with Bryan Beller on bass.