Review: Joe Satriani – Glasgow

 Let’s face it, it’s a tough job for anyone to open for the Satch, and it was South African born blues guitarist Dan Patlansky who landed the job.

Despite the task, Dan showed no nerves as he and his band took to the stage. They ripped through their set with such aplomb to earn admiration from the crowd.
 The axeman said he had been touring with Joe for the last month, and it had been a humbling experience, and one of the biggest honours of his life.
The main focus tonight for Patlansky was to promote his debut international release ‘Dead Silence Thieves’. One thing that stood out was the crowd’s reaction to his single ‘Backbite’, played like Hendrix with pedals screaming and total fluency. This is a artist worth keeping an eye on. However, let’s face it – much as Parlansky was good it was guitar maestro Joe Satriani everybody had come to see… Big screens lit up with alien animation themed production kicking off the set. Then with guitars screaming, it was time to rip into Joe’s latest release, ‘Shockwave Supernova’, and at this stage, the audience, as expected, showed their total appreciation for the man. Straight away, he slowly slides into ‘Flying In A Blue Dream’ then into the melodic ‘Ice 9’.
Addressing the crowd, Satriani said it was good to back in this building, as it brought back good memories, and tonight he built more great memories for everyone present. He then tore into ‘Crystal Planet’.
Heading into the ‘Extremist’ album we go, with the song ‘Friends’, dedicated to Dan and, of course, the audience.
With all the fury and frenetic pace, it was time for a mellow note and the classic Satriani tune from his ‘Is There Love in Space’ album, ‘If I Could Fly’. There was great applause from the crowd as it finished. Joe was clearly having a lot of fun on stage and got us to rename the bassist ‘Thunder Beast’, urging the crowd to chant the man’s nom de guerre. There was one song that stood out; ‘God Is Crying’. Joe showed again how clinical this band is playing together as they jammed, and played off one another note for note: amazing to watch. We were treated to an outstanding rendition of ‘Goodbye Supernova’, then into the ‘Satch’ classic ‘Satch Boogie’, bringing it all back to me and all in attendance to where it all started for Joe.
 As per gigging tradition, we then get a good night from Joe and his band, a quick bow and the lights go out.
Everybody in the hall, as expected, were screaming ‘Joe! Joe! Joe!’, and with no great surprise, but plenty of delight, the lights go up and the ‘Big Bad Moon’ rose to a standing ovation then straight into ‘Surfing with the Alien; complete with the screen playing out an alien frenzy.
This was an amazing night of Satch classics; but then again we expected no less! Miss this tour AT YOUR PERIL!! JOE SATRIANI – SET LIST SHOCKWAVE SUPERNOVA FLYING IN A BLUE DREAM ICE 9 CRYSTAL PLANET NOT OF THIS EARTH ON PEREGRINE WINGS FRIENDS TIME IF I COULD FLY BUTTERFLY AND ZEBRA IF THERE IS NO HEAVEN CATACLYSMIC CRAZY JOEY ALL OF MY LIFE LUMINOUS FLESH GIANTS ALWAYS WITH ME ALWAYS WITH YOU GOD IS CRYING GOODBYE SUPERNOVA SATCH BOOGIE BIG BAD MOON SURFING WITH THE ALIEN
 

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Review and images Darren McVeigh

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