I checked my post box today and I found my ticket for the upcoming – or should I say delayed – tour of Joe Satriani! Sadly, pushed back from 2020, to 2021, then to 2022, now to 2023. I feel like it is going to be a mind blowing show. He released Shapeshifting in April 2020 and then recently Elephants of Mars a few weeks ago on 8th April.
That means the show and the tour is fore 2 albums! Satriani confirmed on his YouTube pre-launch release recently that the show will be 5 or 6 hours to cover all the material. I have wanted to see Joe for so long that I cannot help feel excited already. I know it is a long time yet, over a year, and I will have another birthday by then!
I recently had my birthday on the 10th April, if anyone is interested. I enjoyed a TGI Fridays meal and a walk through a lovely park that feels haunted for some reason. Oh well, now I have to crack on with life and hope that God blesses me with happiness because I struggled deeply with depression over winter, and indeed for many years. The last concert I attended was Genesis in September 2021 which was brilliant.
Should I go on? No. I’ll leave the YouTube link to his new album though. Some psychedelic wizardry indeed :
The sum of all of lifereduce your breakfast plate to an egg with some avocadoavoid walking in traffic at all costsdon't forget, that God is full of semenand that a mighty sword is a jellyfishof boiled lemon tek wait, did someone call my name?Facing the harsh cold clouds of springthere should be post at five in the afternoonsumming up
Better to live a life on the edge of death
living full of heart
than to live full of pain
full of self interest
simple method is in your hands
love to the end of time
and seek no forgiveness
where purity white strikes
the sky is full of stars
eyes reflecting who you are
are you enough?
does the earth shake to the core
Honesty and meaningcan you hear it too?chanting of the invisible crowdsonic power that is being founddispersed dirty dish wateryou are the foolno, says he, go forthlook into the sunrealise what is being doneyou are not on the runyou are hiding beneath a gunmaking of your own creation
winds picking up speedgetting to church is all I needcrashing thunderstormflight fancy takes holdhas to get homerun, runbefore you begin to become undoneuntold and rich elegant speechless merchantrich pastel gazing mental fashionpolo gimmick stick follyhave you yet to rest my wandering feetperhaps all you need to do is sail the seaI have come so faryet the stars are brightdawn has yet to render the nightinvisible
standing at the final gateis this a lifetime or is it fateyou can wait another moment...... the voices are settlinginstinct crowds are regrettingholding handsshaking brandshurting to live againsee me at the dawn of the pipersay to me, 'Oh, not shall you suffer more on in'I hear that crackthrust backwardsignitionpre-cognitionhello world, I can seeall from withinhearing the outside inwhere did it beginunlocked
potentialmy foolish waysnow a distant memory.
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
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.