Photo: Joe Satriani

Photo: Joe Satriani

With his new album ‘Shockwave Supernova‘ currently out on the shelves and the excitement for his awaited return to the continent accumulating, guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani continues to prepare for a monumental tour. Satriani’s 2016 ‘Surfing to Shockwave’ tour will now run longer than first expected, courtesy of two more months of stops throughout the country.

Satriani will still move forward with the initial plans to begin his 2016 tour on February 25 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington, only now instead of ending his run in Jacksonville on March 19 the guitarist will continue through April 24 with a show in Vancouver, British Columbia. In between Satriani will headline over two dozen newly announced dates.

The ‘Surfing to Shockwave’ tour will capture Satriani as he performs selections ranging from his debut solo album ‘Not of this Earth’ to ‘Shockwave Supernova.’ As the guitarist would explain during our exclusive interview earlier this year, Satriani still has a strong passion for performing live; as soon as he has finished recording new material, he’s already itching to head out and play it for an audience.

“I’m very excited about this new record that I’m going to be playing live with the band who wrote most of it. I have Mike Keneally on guitars and keyboards, and I have Marco Minnemann on drums,” said Satriani. “They’re on the majority of the songs as my rhythm section. I think that as we just talked about, when you’re in the studio that’s your first brush with these songs. I think everybody wants to take this live and see if we can even make it better than the album, and I’m very excited about that.”

He continued: “What I’ve been telling people is that it’s a three-point way of life for me. The first thing is the writing, which is a solitary kind of thing and what I maybe enjoy the most. The second part is recording the record, which can be stressful because it costs so much money (laughs) and you’ve only got a certain amount of time with the musicians you’ve hired and at some point your budget makes you stop. And then finally is you get to forget about the first and second part and go out and you rock in front of your fans, and there’s nothing like that.

“It seems like I can’t live without any one of those three things. Once you reach the end of writing, you kind of go crazy and want to get into the studio. Then once you get into the studio, you want to go out onstage and generally I like to work until I’m so exhausted that I can’t do another show. Then it’s time to do another record.”

Joe Satriani 2016 ‘Shockwave to Supernova’ Tour Dates

Feb. 25 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA
Feb. 26 – Historic Elsinore Theatre – Salem, OR
Feb. 27 – Grand Sierra Theatre – Reno, NV
Feb. 28 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
Mar. 01 – Balboa Theatre – San Diego, CA
Mar. 03 – Fox Performing Arts Center – Riverside, CA
Mar. 04 – Pearl Concert Theater @ Palms Casino – Las Vegas, NV
Mar. 05 – Talking Stick Resort Ballroom – Scottsdale, AZ
Mar. 07 – Historic Paramount Theatre – Denver, CO
Mar. 08 – Abraham Chavez Theatre – El Paso, TX
Mar. 09 – The Majestic Theatre – Dallas, TX
Mar. 10 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
Mar. 11 – Laurie Auditorium – San Antonio, TX
Mar. 12 – Orpheum Theater – New Orleans, LA
Mar. 14 – Iron City – Birmingham, AL
Mar. 15 – Saenger Theatre – Pensacola, FL
Mar. 16 – Parker Playhouse – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Mar. 17 – Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, FL
Mar. 18 – Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL
Mar. 19 – Florida Theatre – Jacksonville, FL

Newly Announced Dates

Mar. 21 – Carolina Theatre – Durham, NC
Mar. 22 – Knight Theater – Charlotte, NC
Mar. 23 – Symphony Hall – Atlanta, GA
Mar. 24 – The National – Richmond, VA
Mar. 25 – Sandler Center – Virginia Beach, VA
Mar. 26 – Orpheum Theare – Boston, MA
Mar. 29 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT
Mar. 30 – Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY
Mar. 31 – The Vets – Providence, RI
Apr. 01 – Tilles Center – Brookville, LI
Apr. 02 – Lincoln Theatre – Washington, DC
Apr. 04 – Count Basie Theatre – Red Bank, NJ
Apr. 06 – TBA – Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 08 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, Ontario
Apr. 09 – UAB Center for the Arts – Buffalo, NY
Apr. 10 – Hard Rock – Cleveland, OH
Apr. 12 – Carnegie Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA
Apr. 13 – Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
Apr. 14 – Pabst Theatre – Milwaukee, WI
Apr. 15 – Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL
Apr. 16 – The Fitzgerald Theatre – St. Paul, MN
Apr. 21 – Gray Eagle Event Centre – Calgary, Alberta
Apr. 22 – River Creek Casino – Enoch, AB
Apr. 24 – TBA – Vancouver, BC