Joe Satriani announces release of new studio album ‘Shapeshifting’

JOE SATRIANI is ready to kick off the new decade with a new album release and world tour. Set for release this spring, Shapeshifting marks the legendary guitarist’s 18th studio album in his nearly 35-year career in music.

The Shapeshifting Tour” opens on April 15, 2020 with a 42 date European leg beginning in Germany and winding up with a trio of mid-June shows in Spain with more dates to be added soon. The set list for the live show will feature tracks from the new Shapeshifting album in addition to many of his classic fan-favorites including “Surfing With The Alien”, “Always with Me, Always with You” and “Flying In A Blue Dream”. The 2020 touring band features celebrated drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty), bassist Bryan Beller (Aristocrats) and keyboardist Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc) joining SATRIANI on guitar.

On January 15, 2020 SATRIANI will be inducted into the 2020 Metal Hall of Fame by his friend and former guitar student, Steve Vai. The ceremony, hosted by television and radio personality, Eddie Trunk, will take place during a non-profit charity Gala whose proceeds go to bringing free drum therapy services to special needs children at specific health facilities and community centers throughout the United States. Other 2020 Metal Hall of Fame inductees include Steve Vai Geoff TateDon DokkenGraham Bonnet and Metal Church while previous Inductees include Judas PriestMotorheadRonnie James DioBill WardMikkey DeeRandy RhoadsScorpions, and Doro Pesch, among other hard rock and heavy metal icons. To see the full list of Metal Hall of Fame Inductees, please visit

In other SATRIANI music related news, two sets of SATRIANI music have now been added to streaming platforms. Additional Creations and Bonus Tracks, featuring alternate versions of four songs from his Engines of Creation album along with 12 other various bonus tracks join a newly released deluxe edition of his classic 1987 album, Surfing With The Alien (Deluxe Edition), which arrived late last year featuring new artwork and a bonus disc, Stripped – the Backing TracksThe latter, launched as a limited run for Black Friday’s Record Store Day in Novemberfeatures the songs from the album with all guitar solos removed.  The set also features new artwork with SATRIANI’s guitar replacing the iconic Silver Surfer on the cover. Said SATRIANI “Seeing my chrome guitar bursting through a multicolor wormhole seems quite fitting. It’s as if it always belonged there.”

Since 1987, SATRIANI’s platinum, dual Grammy nominated album Surfing With The Alien, has established him as a legend in the music world for over 30 years.  SATRIANI explained his decision to make the stripped version, after years of reluctance for such a work, “When I build a track from scratch it’s a kind of musical alchemy, a mixture of voodoo, mojo, blood, sweat, tears, prayers… and a lot of hard work. I cherish them because of this . . . it’s no wonder I’ve been reluctant to release them (stripped).” Now, he is truly excited about giving this new and exciting versions of his music to the fans, “You can play along with these tracks or just sit back and enjoy the mixes as they are.”

For two decades, the guitar virtuoso has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star “G3” guitar extravaganza.  SATRIANI’s studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide to date and of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them.  His side project, Chickenfoot, featuring former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar, former bassist Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith saw their debut album certified gold and their second studio album debuted at #9.

Surfing with the Alien (Deluxe Edition) –

Additional Creations and Bonus Tracks –


APRIL 2020

15th: Mainz, Germany – Halle 45
16th: Zurich, Switzerland – Volkshaus Zurich
18th: Karlsruhe, Germany – Tollhaus
19th: Berlin, Germany – Huxleys
20th: Oberhausen, Germany – Turbinenhalle
21st: Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg the max
23rd: Antwerp, Belgium – De Roma
24th: Enschede, Netherlands – Muziekcentrum Enschede

25th: Winterbach, Germany – Salierhalle
27th: Aarhus, Denmark – Train
28th: Odense, Denmark – Posten
29th: Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
30th: Stockholm, Sweden – Fryshuset

MAY 2020

2nd: Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
5th: Warsaw, Poland – Stodola Club
6th: Prague, Czech – Prague Congress Centre
7th: Vienna, Austria – Wiener Stadhalle
8th: Budapest, Hungary – Barba Negra Track
10th: Bologna, Italy – Teatro Europauditorium
12th: Firenze, Italy – Teatro Verdi
14th: Napoli, Italy – Teatro Augusteo
15th: Lecce, Italy – Politeama Greco
16th: Roma, Italy – Auditorium Conciliazione
18th: Milano, Italy – Teatro Dal Verme
19th: Nuremberg, Germany – Löwensaal
20th: Heerlen, Netherlands – RABOzaal Heerlen
22nd: Bexhill, UK – Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
23rd: Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy Glasgow
24th: Gateshead, UK – Sage
25th: Manchester, UK – Bridgewater Hall
26th: London, UK – Palladium
28th: Birmingham, UK – Birmingham Symphony Hall
30th: Gerardmer, France – Gerardmer Motordays Festival
31st: Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie

JUNE 2020

2nd: Paris, France – L’Olympia
4th: Nantes, France – Cite des Congres
5th: Saint-Malo, France – La Nouvelle
6th: Clermont-Ferrand, France – La Cooperative de Mai
7th: Lyon, France – Le Transbordeur
9th: Valencia, Spain – Auditorio Casa de Cultura Burjassot
10th: Madrid, Spain – Sala La Riviera
11th: Barcelona, Spain – Sala Barts

More dates to be announced.

Photo Credit: © Joseph Cultice


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