JOE SATRIANI: “I Have No Idea What Kind Of Record I’ve Made, Until I Get A Note Back From STEVE VAI”

Joe Satriani 2022

Marching to Mars

The Elephants of Mars is the 19th studio album by guitar legend Joe Satriani. It’s a diverse mix of instrumentals that takes Satch to places he’s never explored before. Each track is like a cinematic soundtrack to multiple genres of cinema. Sometimes you’re engaged in a drama, other times it’s action-adventure, and on a few occasions a sci-fi affair. I had the chance to speak with Joe Satriani ahead of the album’s release.

Highlights Include

  • Discussion of his new album The Elephants of Mars
  • The stories behind the instrumentals
  • Growing up in New York and the music scene then
  • After 19 albums, has Satch ever duplicated himself?
  • Is guitar-based music dead?
  • How new guitar players aren’t getting the support he did coming up
  • His canvas and guitar artwork
  • Touring plans
  • What Satch thinks about Steve Vai’s Hydra guitar
  • The scrapped Satriani vocal based album
  • … and much, much more!

Joe Satrinai Backing Band

Kenny Aronoff – Drums
Bryan Beller – Bass
Rai Thistlethwayte – Keyboards
Eric Caudieux – Keyboards
Ned Evett – Spoken Word


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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