Joe Satriani enlists Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen for G3 tour
So far, Satriani has unveiled only a handful of confirmed dates for the run, which kicks off in early October, but the six-stringer plans to announce more shows in the coming days. Ticket on-sale info for several dates is posted at Satriani's website.
As has been the case on previous G3 tours, the show will feature an individual set from each guitarist and his respective band, after which Vai and Malmsteen will join Satriani and his band for a jam session. Guest guitarists will join the jam session on select dates, according to a press release. Past guests have included Neal Schon (Journey), Gary Hoey, George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) and Brian May (Queen).
This fall, Epic Records plans to release a DVD version of Satriani's "The Satch Tapes," which first surfaced in 1992 on VHS. Satriani, meanwhile, is writing and recording material for a new album due out next spring, according to his publicist. His most-recent set is last year's "Strange Beautiful Music."
Also this fall, Vai--formerly a student of Satriani's--plans to release a two-hour concert video recorded at the Astoria Theatre in London, and Malmsteen plans to issue in the U.S. his 22nd solo album, "Attack!!," which he has already released in Europe and Asia.
Satriani assembled the first G3 tour in 1996. Vai has been a mainstay over the years, while guitarists such as Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Fripp, Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker and John Petrucci have rotated through the roster.