Sahara: Joe Satriani # New Song Drops!

Joe Satriani has graced us today with a new song from upcoming album Elephants of Mars, single song called Sahara. The video premiered on YouTube at 5pm UK time. Again a surprise drop from one of my favourite music artists! Quite a wait until the release which is April. My birthday is April so good timing, he released his last album Shapeshifting in April 2020.

I won’t go into too much detail but the song is clearly painting a clear picture on how this album is going. It takes on vibes of music from different cultures and has a strong space theme. This release comes out of nowhere and I was really excited to hear it. Also, the new album name sounds great… Elephants of Mars. I really hope it keeps that oriental space vibe. It was a great song Sahara, and Satriani says it has nothing to do with a desert but is instead about a man in a sort of spiritual crisis, in the middle of nowhere, and his life internally and externally has stagnated. Deep concepts and a song I thoroughly enjoyed. It is rare I like a song first listen but this was boasting fantastic musicians which Joe has worked with before on Shapeshifting. Accompanying artists are: Henny Aronoff, Bryan Beller and Eric Caudieuh.

Space being the hot topic at the moment and Joe Satriani having used that theme before, albeit not for a while, is going to be great. Coming from the Alien himself I can’t wait to see what the Elephants of Mars is about, is there going to be a big story on Mars? Will he release more songs before the album release? I think so, as most decent artists are doing that before the album drops. The song boasts a catchy theme but has repetition, and this is something that I like from the Satch, because it is all good to play constantly changing patterns, but familiarity can be a game changer nonetheless.

Peace.

Duran Duran ~ Future Past- Album review

Duran Duran, British rock, pop and new wave band formed in Birmingham in 1978, have gifted us with a brand new album. The newest album ‘Future Past’ was released on October 22nd 2021 and has burned through to new heights.

From a band that brought excellent songs as ‘ordinary world,’ ‘come undone,’ ‘planet earth,’ ‘hungry like the wolf’ and James Bond theme from 1985 movie A View To A Kill.

Featuring Blur guitarist Graham Coxon and a variety of other guests like their previous album ‘Paper Gods,’ the album doesn’t rely on the guests, but rather utilises them to allow the classic sounds to shine through along with moving forwards in time, developing into some killer tracks, punchy, enjoyable and emotionally moving. Some of the best work this year from any band.

Forward looking indeed. Hearing the nostalgic memories of the synths, guitar and general instrument work combined with a futuristic and developing mindset make for a challenging listen, as you are in the safety of previous albums and then shot into new territory and yet, Duran Duran pull it off fantastically.

I don’t like to promote 1 song off the new albums anymore than the others, but I have my favourites already. They are all great songs and the album clocks in at a listen of around 50 minutes with 12 songs. A thrust back to the style of synth pop supremity and a wave of enthusiasm. Favourite, oh yes, probably Future Past, beautiful.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Invisible from the new album ‘Future Past’ by British band Duran Duran

Genesis ~ The Last Domino! – Manchester Arena

A brilliant show, fronted by music legend icon Phil Collins and bandmates Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks, this has to be one of the best concerts since touring became a thing, and one of the most memorable farewell tours I have ever witnessed.

After letting the events of the 24th September settle in, I’m back with a full review of the show! I want to share with you my feelings and what songs I enjoyed the most. Let’s not forget that these men are old and yet, they put on a show that young people can enjoy too. I also have some pictures of from my seat.

After being delayed from December 2020 to April 2021, and then pushed back to September 2021, I really was holding onto my seat in terms of seeing the show. There was a lot of variables that could have seen it cancelled. A member could have perished, the woke community could have considered it sexist to have an all male band on stage, the government could have imposed a crackdown upside down around town again.

Originally meant to attend with my dad as I know he liked Genesis as much as I do, unfortunately he passed last August so I went with somebody else. But I was proud of the concert that had been put on, they performed all of my favourite songs, I mean that, all of them, minus one, but in hindsight, it was out of place.

The show started later than expected, starting at just gone 9pm due to technical difficulties because a generator wasn’t working.

The setlist was this:

  • Behind the Lines, Duke’s end
  • Turn it on again
  • Mama
  • Land of confusion – excellent video to accompany
  • Home by the sea
  • Second Home by the sea – great video, played well
  • Fading lights (first two verses)
  • The cinema show (second half )
  • Afterglow
  • That’s all
  • The lamb lies down on broadway
  • Follow you, follow me
  • SET 2:
  • Duchess
  • No son of mine
  • Firth of fifth (second half instrumental part only) – really glad they did this albeit not all of it
  • I know what I like (In you wardrobe) including stagnation snippet – glad they included this
  • Domino – the highlight of the show in terms of music, video and lighting effects, a farewell to the world from Genesis
  • Throwing it all away
  • Tonight, tonight, tonight – one of my favourites, gritty
  • Invisible touch – everyone in the stadium seemed to go bananas for this, maybe they only knew 1 song… this one?
  • ENCORE:
  • I can’t dance – great, except they really can’t dance now they are so old
  • Dancing with the moonlit knight (first verse) one of my favourites from Selling England by the Pound
  • The Carpet Crawlers

There was no break and the show played for 2 hours and 40 minutes. I didn’t want it to end. It was a magical experience. Without the lights and video and all the effects then it would have been half as great. Phil did a great job singing at his age and given his health conditions, sadly not being able to play the drums, although his son did an almighty fine job of it.

This show meant a lot to a considerable amount of people including me. It was a brilliant way to send themselves off, to bid farewell to a huge fanbase. They had more tour dates in the UK, but for me, the Manchester show will be the last show. After being mesmerised by politically relevant and gritty video on land of confusion, to the emotionally charged and powerful home by the sea, to a trip back in time to firth of fifth, tonight, tonight, tonight, and then the incredible crescendo of the beautiful DOMINO, it was magnificent. They may have made more money than they need, but it was worth it.

I had incredible seats too. I was set right next to the stage and the sound quality from the position was excellent. I also had the pleasure of seeing the band coming on and off stage first too, again, a real ‘fan’ experience. It was clear prior to the show starting that some had VIP tickets, but from looking at them, and I mean this in the most sincere way, they looked like spoilt college fund kids, I never saw anyone looking over 30 come from that back stage. Probably because all the old fans can’t afford those tickets, and the youngsters don’t really like the music, they just like the attention they get on social media for posting the pictures. Oh well, I know what I like.

The one song that still divides me is Duchess. I do like the song, it has a good anthem, but it is an overall dark song and has messages within that some may or may not recognise. Going back to the days when Phil Collins had a beard and used a long coat in those shady videos. Tonight, tonight, tonight, one of the more endearing songs from the band, is of the dangerous nightlife amongst the Hollywood streets. Back in the 90’s it was really dangerous, never mind now. Back then police response times were non existent because crime was so high in those particular areas. It could apply to anywhere though, but Genesis chose California, and have shot a few videos there.

What song did I want to hear? I really wanted In Too Deep. It was a pivotal song from Genesis, coming from them at a time of great change, when they went from famous infamous. The Invisible Touch album was extremely well received and it produced some of the more recognisable songs from the group.

Best selling album? That would be Selling England by the pound. For good reason too. This has to be a melody of rich progressive tones which articulate a fanciful story. Can you believe I first heard this around 21 years ago? It had already been out for years!

It is sad to see bands saying goodbye, but this show had an uplifting feeling, making me want to watch it forever. That is not possible, but the memories will be with me forever. Thank you Genesis for coming together for a final tour and satisfying us fans.

This is a tour for true fans, and true fans will love it. Go watch it on youtube already!

You get 1 photo, enjoy.

Dream Theater ~ The Alien ~ Review

Surprised that Dream Theater have already announced another album for release only a mere 2 years after ‘Distance over time’?

New album titled ‘A view from the top of the world’ is scheduled to release on the October 22, 2021. You can pre order the album now.

Following previous traditions of releasing a song early… or 2 or 3… new single ‘THE ALIEN’ is a powerful new song from Dream Theaters new album!

It runs over 9 minutes. I hope this new album has longer songs and a 24 minute song which is not unusual from the band, with most albums containing such long epics. Distance over time the exception, with no epic. However, that was a good, strong album which left much to be imagined about the future of the bands talent. Do they ever stop growing and progressing?

The video to The Alien is visually striking. Particular highlights being the use of space and alien technology to enhance the journey the viewer goes on. It’s an epic adventure, through space. Accompanying lyrics and guitar are great, with some sections whisking my mind back to the days of ‘scenes from a memory’ and ‘images and words.’

I can’t wait until the album is released. It’s great news. The band said in an interview that they had more spare time since they were not touring so they decided to hook up to do ‘what they do best’, make music. If the single the Alien is anything to go by, then I can imagine that the rest of the album is going to be quite the experience.

All the best, enjoy the music video below.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genesis: The Last Domino? Tour

https://www.genesis-music.com/

British Rock band Genesis are going on tour in the UK towards the end of the year, their first tour since 2007, When In Rome.

I was completely unaware and surprised to discover this tour happening 2020! I just purchased 2 tickets now, but be warned, they are very expensive. I understand they are popular, bestselling, revered….but give us a break….£350 for a ticket to stand up? I’d rather sit anyway for £181….a bloody expensive seat. The memory will hopefully be a good one, and will last a lifetime. With the lock down, I am spending less and so have the extra cash. Anyway, that was 1 thing on my list for when I am allowed out again, visit a concert! Genesis have now filled the slot and I am very happy.

The line up will consist of the 3, Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford. Ticket Master UK has this description:

Genesis, one of the biggest selling recording artists of all time and one of Britain’s most internationally renowned bands, will be touring for the first time in 13 years.

The Last Domino? Tour 2020 starts in Dublin on 16 November and will be Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford’s first live outing together since the globe-trotting, sell-out Turn It On Again: The Tour in 2007. They will be joined on stage by Nic Collins on drums, and the band’s long-time guitar and bass player Daryl Stuermer.

Genesis have sold an estimated 100 million albums and have played to sold-out stadiums and arenas all over the world for decades.

The evolution of Genesis is unique, their sound developed and progressed throughout their career and with multiple line-up alterations in the early years, the classic line-up of Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford took shape in 1976.

And Then There Were Three (1978) was the first album the band released as a three-piece and spawned the single Follow You Follow Me which was their first UK top 10 and US top 30 single and proved to be the start of huge commercial global success. The albums Duke (1980), Abacab (1981), Genesis (1983), Invisible Touch (1986) and We Can’t Dance (1991) followed for the trio, alongside almost constant global stadium tours cementing the band as one of the most successful of all time.

Tony, Phil and Mike reunited again as a band in 2007 after almost 10 years for the Turn It On Again Tour which went on to be one of the biggest grossing tours on the year playing sold-out stadiums around the world.

So, there’s the news in this very happy post. Check out the song – I Can’t Dance – by Genesis below for your entertainment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNJVFloPIVA

 

Shapeshifting: Joe Satriani – Album Review

A brilliant, original, creative and extremely versatile album. The name Shapeshifting was a great choice and reflects the variety of styles used in this album.

01. Shapeshifting
02. Big Distortion
03. All For Love
04. Ali Farka, Dick Dale, an Alien and Me
05. Teardrops
06. Perfect Dust
07. Nineteen Eighty
08. All My Friends Are Here
09. Spirits, Ghosts and Outlaws
10. Falling Stars
11. Waiting
12. Here The Blue River
13. Yesterday’s Yesterday

That is the song list. 13 songs of genius creativity. A man with a track record spanning from the eighties to the present day. The underlined tracks Big Distortion & Ninety Eighty were released early and the video for Ninety Eighty is excellent. There does not seem to be a limit with where Joe can go, and I mean no limit.

The downside is that Ninety Eighty is by far my favourite song and not long enough! The songs are actually quite sharp and fit in enough music taste to please even the most die hard fans. There are traces of surfing with the alien and a few others albums. But it is an original album, full stop.

I recommend it to new and old fans. What Happens Next released 2018, and I honestly thought that was brilliant, but Joe has done it again.

My rating: 9/10

Joe Satriani: What Happens Next

Joe Satriani, a master of his instrument and a brilliant artist. His newest release, What happens next, is laid back and full of good beats.

I won’t do a full analysis of the album, but overall it is completely relaxed and it feels like Joe is now so far into his instrument that anything sounds decent. It is supposed to be high energy, but some of the tracks are full of emotion and awesome solos as usual.

I do believe the best tracks of the album are energy, thunder high on the mountain, headrush, righteous, what happens next and invisible. Each delivers a great back beat with awesome solo notes thrown in, and the collaboration with Chad Smith and Glenn Hughes was a good idea. The songs seem to be housing a mystical and enlightening backdrop to them, they make you feel alive, they make you relax and calm and bring back memories of previous albums. I won’t go into detail but throughout the album you can hear sounds and styles previously released in other songs.

Unlike it’s predecessor, Shockwave Supernova, this album doesn’t provide a listener with what they want, a developing sound, instead the songs rely on repetitive beats that are played over. It does go into new more adventurous effect usage though, but ultimately it kind of makes it feel a little like a new band trying new ideas. If more time was given to them, perhaps they could have come across as not so annoying, as is the case in Catbot.

If you are a fan like I am, then of course listen. I won’t stop listening because I dislike certain sounds, the originality is there in small segments.

Overall: 3/5