JUNE 1st 2018

Review By: Metal Mom
Photos by: Char Tupper


First and foremost, I want to say a big Thank You to Aaron Chapman for coming to my assistance when things got a little mixed up and will call, therefore allowing my entry to the venue to review. Much appreciated.

It is Friday, June 1 and doors open at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver for the one and only Joe Satriani. Was looking forward to this night, haven't seen him before, haven't even listened to his music. So, this was a real opportunity for me.

A little homework is in order though to fully understand the man. Joe is an American instrumental rock guitarist, early on he worked as a guitar instructor, who created some famous guitarists like Steve Vai, Larry LaLonde, Kirk Hammett, Alex Skolnick and many more, he went on to become a successful solo guitarist. He is also a 15-Grammy Award nominee and has sold over 10 million albums. In 1988 Mick Jagger recruited him as lead guitarist, he also toured briefly with Deep Purple. He actually started to play guitar at 14 years old after hearing of the death of Jimi Hendrix. There is just so much history about Joe Satriani, but I will leave it up to you now to check it out.

Was I prepared for this night, no, I wasn’t, this was a night of rock ‘n’ roll not to be forgotten any time soon. Wow, I really don’t know how to explain the talent here. The first three songs had you hooked, everyone was smiling, fists raised, head moving, you can’t help it, Joe gets a hold of you and doesn’t let go. That is for the whole night, this was a terrific venue to showcase his talent, great lighting, sound was fantastic. You can’t ask for more. It was excellent to watch his performance, to hear him. I am in awe, thunderstruck and listening to his music, his style. He kicks some major ass for sure. He truly is a master at his work.

If you get a chance, please don’t hesitate, this is a must see, I was lucky enough to get right up front. I will be there next time, sadly I could not stay for the whole show. What I did see and hear, it is just too hard to put into words. Guitar master, a prowess that just has you watching with your mouth hanging open. At least for me. Never thought I could listen to just instrumental, Joe has taught me otherwise. Just a phenomenal show.