Revered guitarist Joe Satriani has announced he will release his fourteenth studio album ‘Unstoppable Momentum’ on May 7 through Epic Records.
In a lengthy statement posted online, Satriani revealed that he co-produced ‘Unstoppable Momentum’ with legendary record maker Mike Fraser at Skywalker Studios. Additionally he said that 16 songs had been recorded for the album, which he made with a new backing band, consisting of keyboardist Mike Keneally, bassist Chris Chaney and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta.
European audiences will get to hear Satriani’s material when he embarks on his solo tour this coming May. A full list of dates and venues can be found below.
Satriani’s full statement read as follows: “Now that the asteroid has safely passed us by I feel it’s time to break my cyberspace-silence and let you all know what I’ve been up to these last few months.
“After returning home from the last of three incredible G3 tours (see soon to be posted “ZZ’s fly-on-the-wall/tour movies”), I got down to writing music for a new solo record. A very prolific and cathartic two months followed resulting in a bundle of new music I was very excited to get recorded.
“With 16 of the songs selected for the project, all heading in different directions and touching on a variety of musical influences, I realized I needed to assemble a new studio band. The idea was to crank up the energy level of the sessions, and allow for more individual expression of the material, from each player.
“I pulled into Skywalker Sound with Mike Keneally on keyboards, Chris Chaney on bass and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums. The chemistry between these awesome players was fantastic, and we blazed through all the tracks with everyone laying down amazing performances.
“On Valentine’s Day I finally finished all the overdubs, reviewed the tracks with engineer/producer Mike Fraser and started loading out of the studio, elated!
“Now it’s on to Vancouver, BC, to mix. The new record will be called “Unstoppable Momentum” and should see a release date of May 7th. I’m not sure how many songs will make it to the final sequence as I still have a lot of work ahead of me in that department.
“As you can see from the tour page we are gearing up to bring the new music on tour starting in mid-May and continuing through 2013. My touring band will consist of Mike Keneally on keys and guitar, Bryan Beller on bass, and Marco Minnemann on drums. I’m so excited about tearing it up on stage with this new band! See you out there on tour…”
Joe Satriani 2013 UK & European tour dates:
May 18, 2013 KucukCiftlik Park Istanbul, TR
May 20, 2013 Sala Palatului Bucharest, RO
May 22, 2013 Tvornica Kulture
May 24, 2013 Sava Centar
May 25, 2013 Cvetlicarna
May 26, 2013 Velvet Rock Club Rimini, IT
May 28, 2013 Palapartenope Napoli, IT
May 29, 2013 Atlantico Live Roma, IT
May 30, 2013 Live Club Milano, IT
May 31, 2013 Obihall Firenze, IT
June 1, 2013 Gran Teatro Geox Padova, IT
June 3, 2013 Grand Rex
June 4, 2013 Cirque Royal
June 5, 2013 O13 Tilburg, NL
June 6, 2013 De Ooosterpoort Groningen, NL
June 8, 2013 02 Apollo
Manchester, England GB
June 9, 2013 Royal Concert Hall
Glasgow, Scotland GB
June 10, 2013 City Hall
Newcastle, England GB
June 11, 2013 Philharmonic Hall
Liverpool, England GB
June 12, 2013 Colston Hall
Bristol, England GB
June 13, 2013 Civic Hall
Wolverhampton, England GB
June 15, 2013 City Hall
Sheffield, England GB
June 16, 2013 Guildhall
Portsmouth, England GB
June 17, 2013 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
London, England GB
June 18, 2013 indogO2
London, England GB
June 20, 2013 Capitol Hannover, DE
June 21, 2013 Jovel Music Hall Münster, DE
June 22, 2013 Fabrik Hamburg, DE
June 23, 2013 Columbiahalle Berlin, DE
June 24, 2013 Haus Auensee Leipzig, DE
June 26, 2013 Serenadenhof Nürnberg, DE
June 27, 2013 E Werk Köln Cologne, DE
June 28, 2013 Phönix-Halle Mainz Mainz, DE
June 29, 2013 Theaterhaus Stuttgart, DE
June 30, 2013 Tonhalle Munich, DE
July 2, 2013 Big Box Kempton, DE
July 3, 2013 Gasometer Vienna, AT
July 4, 2013 Loket Amphitheatre Loket, CZ
July 6, 2013 Stodola Warsaw, PL
July 9, 2013 A2 St. Petersburg, RU
July 10, 2013 Moscow Arena Moscow, RU
July 12, 2013 KSK Express Rostov-on-Don, RU
July 13, 2013 Arena Hall Krasnodar, RU