Joe Satriani Kicks Off ‘The Shockwave’ U.K. Tour in Manchester

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Joe Satriani’s U.K. tour has kicked off in Manchester.

Joe Satriani’s U.K. tour got underway last night (1st Nov 2015), with a stunning show that proved that the ‘Surfing With The Alien’ guitarist really is not of this earth.

Playing to a packed Apollo Theatre in Manchester, the virtuoso soloed, squealed and whammied his way through a two-hour set that dazzled the audience from the off.

Before Satriani took to the stage, however, the crowd were first treated to the soulful blues of South African Dan Patlansky, who showcased tracks from his debut international release ‘Dear Silence Thieves’.

With the stomping funk of single ‘Backbite’ proving the set highlight, the incredibly innovative player went down a storm, thanks to his refreshingly original approach to his instrument.

However, it was maestro Satriani that the crowd had come to see, and arriving on stage with an impressive big screen, space-themed production, the instantly recognisable instrumentalist thrilled from the start.

Adorned with his trademark wraparound shades, the guitarist exploded into life with the title track from his latest release ‘Shockwave Supernova’.

He then followed with a brace of early-period classics with the ethereal ‘Flying In A Blue Dream’ and the grooving ‘Ice 9’.

Addressing the crowd, the New Yorker said that he was he was glad to be back in the U.K, before going on to comment on the Apollo’s historic art deco design.

Satriani said: “It’s great to be back in the U.K, especially in this magical venue”.

‘The Extremist’ then went on to play “magical song” ‘Crystal Plant’, before dedicating the track ‘Friends’ to his opening act.

In characteristic good humour throughout, Satch quoted Eric Idle’s ‘The Rutles’ in relation to the response he was receiving – “shocked and stunned.”

Encoring with one of his most well-known tracks, Satriani proved that there is more to his incredible skills than simply the six-string, by showing off his harmonica playing abilities, as well as his rarely heard singing voice on the spooky ‘Big Bad Moon’.

Finally, closing with his signature piece ‘Surfing With The Alien’, the guitarist and band brought the show to a stunning out of this world conclusion, backed by an animated technicolour display, which featured the Silver Surfer himself.

‘The Shockwave Tour’ continues tonight (2nd Nov 2015) at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and concludes on the 10th Nov at London’s Eventim Apollo.

Joe Satriani U.K. Tour Dates:

2nd Nov – Birmingham, Symphony Hall
3rd Nov – Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
4th Nov – Sheffield, City Hall
5th Nov – Cardiff, St. David’s Hall
7th Nov – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
8th Nov – Bristol, Colston Hall
9th Nov – Portsmouth, Guildhall
10th Nov – London, Eventim Apollo

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