Joe Satriani has released the first single from his forthcoming album, Shapeshifting. The track, Nineteen Eighty, is a throwback to the guitar icon’s previous work and channels his earliest days in music.
Satriani lists Eddie Van Halen as a major source of inspiration for Nineteen Eighty, even using an Eddie Van Halen signature phaser pedal in the track as a tribute to his guitar hero. “I’ve always been a huge fan of Eddie Van Halen. In my mind, he just crystallised that era. The late 70s and early 80s – he kind of saved rock guitar,” he said in a press statement.
Shapeshifting’s name was conceived when Satriani first heard the original demos for the album. “I started to think that that sounds like 15 different guitar players,” he said. “I know it’s the same guy, because it’s me, but it sounds like I’m really moving into an area where each melody requires me to almost be somebody else.”
The virtuoso’s forthcoming album is his 18th studio release and was co-produced by Satriani and Jim Scott, and mastered by John Cuniberti. Satriani’s band includes drummer Kenny Aronoff, bassist Chris Chaney and keyboardist Eric Caudieux.
Satriani recently announced a world tour in support of Shapeshifting, kicking off on 15 April in Germany and wrapping up on 11 June in Spain. He was also recently inducted into the Metal Hall Of Fame, along with contemporaries Geoff Tate, Don Dokken, Stephen Pearcy, Graham Bonnet, Chris Poland and Metal Church.
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