If Joe Satriani has his wish, future editions of the G3 guitar extravaganza tour could include Eddie Van Halen, Jeff Beck, Brian May and Billy Gibbons.
“I’ve asked Eddie Van Halen several times to come out. I’m a big Eddie fan and I think the audience will just go absolutely crazy to see him step out of his band and show everybody all the other things he can do, because he’s an amazing musician.
I’d love at some point to get Jeff Beck, Billy Gibbons, Brian May and work my way through all these players. They are basically my heroes.”
Joe Satriani from a recent interview for Guitar Interactive Magazine.
The 2018 version of the G3 tour is currently underway in the United States. This one features Satriani performing with John Petrucci of Dream Theater and Phil Collen of Def Leppard.
The G3 tour wraps up the USA leg February 25 in Milwaukee. From there, it’s off to Europe in March where Uli Jon Roth slides in to take over from Phil Collen.
The G3 tour made its debut in 1996. Over the years, some of the best guitarists in the world have shared the stage with Satch. Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Steve Lukather, Robert Fripp, Guthrie Govan, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Morse and Kenny Wayne Shepherd make up a sampling of former G3 performers.
G3 Personal Reflections
I caught the 1997 G3 tour in Vancouver, BC. I can attest that for a guitar fan, it’s something you want to see given the chance. For me, Kenny Wayne Shepherd provided the high spot of the show. In its entirety, definitely a “guitargasm” for the senses.
Click here for more information on the current G3 tour, including cities where you can watch G3.
Click here to go to Guitar World and read about Joe Satriani’s new album, What Happens Next, and the current G3 tour.
Angela Petrilli plays guitar with Roses & Cigarettes (official site). I urge you to visit the band’s site to read their story and follow them. It goes far beyond the music side and involves Angela’s bandmate Jenny Pagliaro and her battle with cancer.
If I could jam with any guitarist…
it would be Jimmy Page. My first memories of hearing Zeppelin trace back to way before I even started played guitar.
To be quite honest, it took me a while to truly appreciate and understand the rock n roll mysticism that surrounds Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin. I’m a 90’s kid and when I started playing guitar at 9 years old, I immediately wanted to learn riffs by Incubus, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and The White Stripes. That was “my” music I discovered by listening to KROQ on the way to school everyday. I was hypnotized by their riffs and melodies and big, loud guitars. I wanted to rock out like they did. Led Zeppelin was music I liked and was somewhat familiar with, but it was older rock music. I didn’t feel like I discovered it, my parents did, so it was already part of my soundtrack growing up.
As I began to grow as a musician and music appreciator, I started delving into the history of a band. I began to ask myself questions: “Why does Pearl Jam sound the way they do? Why does Jack White play the way he does? Who did Brandon Boyd look up to when he was learning how to write a song using imagery?”
The more I delved into the history on the bands I discovered in my early years of playing guitar, the more I found that these bands were influenced by Led Zeppelin. Whoa. That was when I went in headfirst into who the hell this band really was, and what their guitar player was all about.
Of course, 9 times out of 10 when you’re learning about Zeppelin, you’re gonna start with Stairway. It’s beautiful, it’s melodic, it tells a story, it’s got peaks and valleys and a killer guitar solo. In a word, it’s iconic. Jimmy Page has a magical ability to write iconic rock guitar riffs. Then you begin to dig into the riffs of Zeppelin: Whole Lotta Love, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Black Dog, Heartbreaker, Rock and Roll, Immigrant Song, Good Times Bad Times.
His riffs make you want to belt your heart out; make you want to scream; make you want to grab your guitar (or air guitar, not judging); and just play.
Page’s big rock guitar riffs are unlike anything else. Raw passion and feeling ooze out of each song. You can practically hear the sweat on the strings and fretboard when he plays on those records and live albums. Then you delve into his acoustic guitar work. For me, The Rain Song is the most beautiful piece of music I have ever heard. I’d want to jam with Page just to pick his brain on how one gets to that space to write a song so moving and beautiful.
What truly inspires me every time I listen to Zeppelin is Page’s touch and ear when it comes to playing an acoustic and electric guitar. He plays both with a different sense of grace. He can be delicate and harsh, but it’s always tasteful in the guitar groundwork he creates. He allows the song to breathe. His solos – conversational – lift and demand attention. Not just because they are loud, but because they are played with purpose. He tells a story. His guitar playing in accordance with the sonic space within a song inspires me everyday when my bandmate Jenny Pagliaro and I write songs in our band, Roses & Cigarettes. His guitar playing constantly reminds me to play with purpose, passion and grace.
He’s a player of emotional storytelling…and that’s why I’d love to play with him one day. Thank you for all your lessons Jimmy!
Roses & Cigarettes News!
The band plans to release an acoustic EP and new full-length album in 2018. Visit their website to find out more info.
Some musicians push the boundaries. Venezuelan born guitarist Felix Martin just stepped around them, walked to the other side, and staked out his own territory.
Everything about Martin stretches the very definition of what a guitarist is, how a guitarist should play and how a guitarist should sound.
Felix Martin’s One-of-a-Kind Guitar
His instrument is anything but a guitar in the traditional sense. He plays a self-designed guitar. It’s essentially two guitars joined together to form one. This gives him two fretboards with anywhere from 14 strings to 16 strings to play.
Next, his style of playing. There’s nothing traditional about it at all. In essence, he’s playing two guitars at the same time. Skillfully applying a combination of hammer-ons, slapping and other techniques simultaneously on both fretboards allows him to create a signature sound all his own.
For an added measure of being different, he plays left-handed.
As for the music itself, his website describes it as, “pushing music into new boundaries by mixing Rock and Metal with different styles such as Jazz, Progressive, World, Latin, Fusion, etc. The uniqueness of his guitars and technique allows him to create distinguished sounds that makes the music sound unique.”
Now combine superb musicianship with chops to spare and you have Felix Martin.
So who would Felix like to jam with?
It would be Pat Metheny. I think he is the most genius guitar player of all. Not sure If I would like to do a free jam, but more like a collaboration. I do a lot of chords with both of my fretboards. I think it would fit with several of his ideas. I don’t know. I would love to show him my jazz guitar too (FM-5175) which is similar to his ES-175, it was actually inspired on him a little bit.
If you’re looking for innovation and guitar playing like nothing you’ve heard before, you need to follow him. Felix Martin delivers in this area and then some.
Frank Marino may not be mainstream popular, but mention his name in guitar circles and it’s a different story. Fellow guitarists consider the SG wielding axeman as one of the best. Many cite him as a major influence on their playing.
Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, founder of Black Label Society) on Frank Marino:
Frank is just an amazing combination of feel, taste, musicality and technique.
It’s all there, and in staggering degrees. I love the way he plays blues – it’s like, as opposed to being a Ford Model T of the blues, he’s a Formula One race car. And then you throw in the jazz element, and it’s just, wow. The way he can play bebop and jazz-type stuff with that much confidence…he’s not dicking around. He actually knows what he’s doing. Within the guitar community, he’s a god.
From a Guitar World Magazine June 2015 interview with Frank Marino.
We asked Frank Marino Just One Question: If you could jam with anyone, who would it be and why?
“Although I know that most people would expect me to say Hendrix, I actually wouldn’t choose him for a number of reasons, the main one being that I think Hendrix is so unique in whatever he plays, it just doesn’t make sense to have him play with any guitarist, let alone me. But I happen to be a drummer also, so I would jam on drums, with him on guitar, in a heartbeat.
“Come to think of it, I don’t think there’s too many recordings of Hendrix playing with other guitarists. But the guy I would choose is John Cipollina from Quicksilver. He was as much an influence on me as Hendrix was and he played in a band with another guitarist (Gary Duncan), so I think that he would be in his element that way, and it would make for a jam that produced interesting dual-guitar music, more harmony-oriented, rather than trading lines or solos.”
Recommended Listening From Frank Marino
Here are to two tracks of mine you may have already seen. You mentioned links, so this is what came to mind:
I’ll throw in my personal recommendation: A superb rendition of an Albert King classic, I’ll Play The Blues For You.
My first exposure to Frank Marino came from the Mahogany Rush Live album. He was, and still is, one of my guitar heroes.
Visit the Frank Marino Mahogany Rush official website for more information on Frank and his amazing music.
Buy some of his music. See him live. You’ll get your money’s worth and more.
In this feature of Just One Question, Gretchen Menn shares her dream guitar jam with us.
“If I could sit down and play with any guitarist, it would have to be Django Reinhardt. Not that I’d have anything musically to contribute – I’d just be hoping not to totally screw up the rhythm – but because I’d love to be able to sit there and experience his playing up close like that. There are so few videos of him, and he has been such a continued source of inspiration, education, and delight for me.”
Along with her solo projects, Gretchen also plays guitar and tours with Zepparella, a female tour de force Led Zeppelin tribute band. At times, her guitar prowess with Zepparella will almost have you think you’re listening to Jimmy Page.
Where Gretchen really shines is on her solo projects. Go to GretchenMenn.com and check out her latest release, the concept album Abandon All Hope.
Watch Gretchen’s version of the Django Reinhardt / Stephane Grappelli classic, Minor Swing.
Jimi Hendrix – the show’s headliner – tops the list with his guitar opus from the original Woodstock release titled Medley: Star Spangled Banner, Purple Haze, Instrumental Solo.
This Hendrix masterpiece clocks in at nearly a quarter hour. Opening with his brilliantly creative, fuzz-drenched, screaming rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, Hendrix literally coaxes out ” the bombs bursting in air” from his Strat. Next up, Purple Haze, with the unmistakable guitar intro leading into a thundering version of this iconic piece. To bring things to a close, a bluesy instrumental with Hendrix weaving shimmering guitar lines and cascading octaves throughout.
By the time Jimi Hendrix hit the stage – the final act of Woodstock – many of the 500,000 in attendance had left. For the ones that stayed, a piece of rock history served up by a guitar God.
Jefferson Starship guitarist Jude Gold jams with some of the greatest guitar players on the planet on a regular basis. We wanted to find out if he had any guitar heroes he hadn’t jammed with yet. We asked: If you could pick any guitar player to jam with, who would it be and why?
“It’s funny, I have gotten to jam with a lot of my heroes on my podcast, which is called No Guitar Is Safe, but of course there are plenty that I would dream of jamming with that I have never met.
“One fantasy would be to play Baba O’Riley with Pete Townshend and the Who in front of a huge outdoor crowd in England somewhere. So much power in those three simple chords, in the vocal parts, and in the trippy jam at the end.”
Jude Gold plays guitar in Jefferson Starship. As well, he’s part of the faculty at Musicians Institute and he’s been on the editorial staff of Guitar Player Magazine since 2001.
For anyone interested in guitar, I highly recommend his No Guitar is Safe podcast. It’s a combo of great guitar talk and great guitar playing. Each episode includes Jude jamming with his guest and passing along guitar tips. His guest roster reads like a who’s who of the guitar world.
At number two, Alvin Lee and Ten Years After with their classic performance of I’m Going Home.
“That’s near enough for jazz.”
For most in 1970, sitting in a theater and looking up at a larger-than-life Alvin Lee on the split screen tuning his guitar, this was their introduction to Ten Years After.
A quick intro – “This is a thing called I’m Going Home by helicopter” – followed by an explosion of rapid-fire notes and 11 blistering minutes of music. Witness the birth of Alvin Lee, guitar hero.
I’m Going Home is a pulsating, electrifying showpiece tune for Lee’s guitar playing. Not only did their Woodstock performance put the band on the map, it inspired countless numbers of would be guitar heroes to take up the instrument.
The Woodstock version of I’m Going Home is raw and primal, epitomizing what rock and roll is all about. This one definitely earns the “classic” label.
At number three, Carlos Santana’s performance of Soul Sacrifice.
The real story here isn’t Santana’s guitar playing, but rather drummer Michael Shrieve’s show stealing performance on Soul Sacrifice.
Heading into Woodstock, Santana was unknown. Witness their Woodstock performance fee of just $750. Their appearance in the Woodstock documentary film and album helped propel them to superstardom.
Most versions of Soul Sacrifice feature a great guitar sound on the solo. However, if you listen to the original album version, the guitar sounds thinner and the execution of the solo more accurately reflects Carlos Santana’s somewhat psychedelically altered state.
All this aside, combine the overdubbed guitar solo along with the fiery drumming of Michael Shrieve and you’re left with a timeless performance for the ages.