Joe Satriani Talks The Making Of His New Album Shapeshifting

Joe Satriani’s “Shapeshifting” Album Yields The Highest Chart Position Of His Career!

JOE SATRIANI’s SHAPESHIFTING
ENTERS THE BILLBOARD TOP ALBUMS CHART AT # 8

JOE SATRIANI’S 18th solo album, Shapeshifting, debuts today on Billboard’s Top Albums Chart at #8!  The album also debuts on the Top Internet Albums chart at #3 and on the Core Genre: Rock chart at #4.  SATRIANI last made an appearance on the Billboard charts in 2018 when his What Happens Next album debuted at #9 on the Top Albums chart.

To celebrate the album release, SATRIANI entertained fans during a live virtual album release party on April 13 – Joe Satriani & Friends / Behind The Scenes With The Shapeshifting Team – featured Joe taking questions from fans before a few of his friends joined in to share insights into the making of the album. Some collaborators from the album joined in, including legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty), bassist Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction) and keyboardist Eric Caudieux, along with album producer, Jim Scott.

Shapeshifting marks the legendary guitarist’s 18th studio album in his nearly 35-year career in music.  The album grew out of a plan to focus on the idea of changing as the central theme. Listening to the initial demos that he had recorded, he thought the “shapeshifting” phrase is one that would fit well with the songs that he had come up with. “I started to think that that sounds like 15 different guitar players,” Satriani says. “I know it’s the same guy, because it’s me, but it sounds like I’m really moving into an area where each melody requires me to almost be somebody else.”

As was previously announced, SATRIANI has postponed the European leg of “The Shapeshifting Tour” which was set to begin on April 15, 2020.  The new European dates are now rescheduled to begin in April 2021.  Additional dates, including the U.S., to be announced soon.

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