Joe Satriani Premieres New Song, "Energy"

Last week, we brought you the news of Joe Satriani’s return. The six-string legend announced his 16th solo album, What Happens Next, and the 2018 iteration of his G3 Tour, which will feature Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and Def Leppard’s Phil Collen. Today, we bring you the exclusive premiere of What Happens Next‘s first single, the appropriately titled “Energy.”

The opening salvo from What Happens Next, “Energy” immediately shows the formidable power of the trio—Satriani, Glenn Hughes on bass and Chad Smith on drums—that recorded the album.

“The song ‘Energy’ shows the power, fun and excitement of true and spontaneous musical chemistry,” Satriani said of the song. “Chad, Glenn and me rockin’ out, not holding back, reveling in the moment.”

“Energy” also marks a distinct shift in musical direction for Satriani, who saw What Happens Next as a chance to move away from the high-concept, sci-fi-influenced themes he’s known for.

For the album, he says that he wanted to write songs “About a human being, two feet on the ground, heart pumping, with emotions, dreams, and hopes. That seemed to be the direction I really was yearning for.” 

Musically, he told Smith and Hughes—during the sessions for What Happens Next—to keep things simple.

“I said to Chad in an early text, ‘No odd time signatures, no progressive stuff, pure rock and soul,’” Satriani said. “The last two records really showed that I was enjoying playing with progressive elements, and when I reached the end of Shockwave Supernova, I said, ‘I think I’ve done it. For some reason, I don’t feel like going back over that anymore’.”

You can examine Satriani’s re-invention for yourself by giving “Energy” a listen below.

You can also check out the full itinerary of Satriani’s 2018 G3 tour below. Click here for more information, pre-sale opportunities and specific market pre-sale and on-sale dates.

2018 G3 Tour featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci & Phil Collen itinerary:

January 11    The Moore Theatre            Seattle, WA
January 12    Historic Elsinore Theatre        Salem, OR
January 13    Grand Sierra Theatre            Reno, NV
January 14    Fox Theater                Oakland, CA
January 16    Delta Hall at Eccles Theater        Salt Lake City, UT *
January 17    Brooklyn Bowl                Las Vegas, NV
January 18    Mesa Arts Center            Mesa, AZ *
January 19    Orpheum Theatre            Los Angeles, CA
January 20    Balboa Theatre                San Diego, CA
January 21    Fox Tucson Theatre            Tucson, AZ *
January 24    Historic Paramount Theatre        Denver, CO
January 26    The Pavillion at The Toyota Music Factory   Irving, TX *
January 27    Austin City Limits – Moody Theater    Austin, TX
January 28    Hobby Center for the Performing Arts    Houston, TX *
January 30    Hard Rock Live                Orlando, FL *
January 31    Florida Theatre                Jacksonville, FL *
February 1    Pompano Beach Amphitheatre            Pompano Beach, FL*
February 2    Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall    Fort Myers, FL *
February 3    Mahaffey Theater                St. Petersberg, FL *
February 6    Raleigh Memorial Auditorium        Raleigh, NC
February 8    Toyota Presents Oakdale    Wallingford, CT *
February 9    Landmark Theatre              Syracuse, NY *
February 10    Palace Theatre                  Albany, NY *
February 11    The Palace Theatre           Greensburg, PA *
February 14    Warner Theatre                Washington, DC *
February 15    Orpheum Theatre             Boston, MA
February 16    Beacon Theatre                New York, NY *
February 17    Merriam Theater              Philadelphia, PA
February 18    New Jersey Performing Arts Center    Newark, NJ *
February 20    Auditorium Theatre          Rochester, NY *
February 21    Massey Hall                     Toronto, ONT
February 22    Hard Rock Live                Northfield, OH
February 23    Chicago Theatre              Chicago, IL *
February 24    State Theatre                  Minneapolis, MN
February 25    Riverside Theater            Milwaukee, WI

(All dates on sale September 22nd except * on-sale October 6)

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