joe satriani


What Happens Next – Commodore Ballroom

Joe Satriani, the biggest selling instrumental rock guitarist of all time brought his What Happens Next  tour to Vancouver on Friday night with a stunning show at the Commodore Ballroom. Satriani’s pedigree is second to none, 15 Grammy nominations, and guitar instructor to some of the biggest names in rock today (think Steve Vai, and Kirk Hammett, just to name a couple). In addition to his technical prowess, his stage presence is simply infectious.

From the moment he hit the stage in his trademark black shades, he never stopped grinning, and as always, was clearly enjoying sharing his tremendous talent with a very receptive audience.

Backing Satriani on this tour are Bryan “The Beast” Beller on bass, Mike “The Wizard” Keneally on guitar and keyboards, and Joe Travers on drums. Together they form a powerhouse back line shining in their own light, but also allowing Satriani full use of the stage for his playful antics.

Friday’s show dived straight into featuring tracks from the latest album, with Energy and Catbot kicking off the night. Throughout the night more than half a dozen of the tracks came from this latest outing, which, not surprisingly, has been receiving rave reviews.

The latest tracks were mixed up with plenty of classics from earlier in Satriani’s career, including the wonderfully extended Satch Boogie, and Flying in a Blue Dream.

The Vancouver show was a great ending to a relatively short Canadian tour, and after a break Joe will hit the road again with a tour of Europe.

Photos: Stewart Johnstone