By Damian Fanelli
Joe Satriani recently announced the 2017 G4 Experience: Surfing with the Alien 30th Anniversary, with special guests Paul Gilbert, Def Leppard’s Phil Collen and Ratt’s Warren DeMartini. The event is scheduled for July 24 to 28 at Asilomar Center in Carmel, California. In the exclusive video below, Satriani discusses some of the finer points of this year’s camp.
“I’m thrilled to have Phil Collen and Warren DeMartini joining Paul Gilbert and myself for this year’s G4 camp,” Satriani says. “What an incredible lineup! Phil, Warren and Paul are virtuosos with a wide range of professional experience in the music world. Together, we look forward to sharing all of our musical knowledge with this year’s G4 campers.”
Phil Collen echoes that sentiment, saying, “I’m thrilled and honored to be joining Joe on the G4 experience and I’m stoked to get to play with him and to share some of my experiences with all the attendees.”
For its fourth installment, the G4 Experience enjoys a game-changing and historic first. The camp will celebrate the writing, recording and performance of Satriani’s seminal Grammy–nominated, platinum-selling 1987 album, Surfing with the Alien—one of the most successful instrumental guitar albums ever made. Recognizing the record’s 30th anniversary, campers will enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pull back the curtain on the album with the visionaries behind the music.
Satriani will be joined by longtime co-conspirator and Surfing with the Alien co-producer John Cuniberti in addition to other special guests. His original live band during the record’s tour cycle, Stu Hamm and Jonathan Mover, will return for the first time since 1995 for the evening’s performances.
For more information on G4, visit G4Experience.com.