In the course of redefining the role of the electric guitar in pop music, Joe Satriani has sold more than seven million albums and earned six Grammy Award nominations. Before his solo career took off in the mid-'80s, Satriani was a Bay Area guitar teacher whose students included Larry LaLonde of Primus, Kirk Hammett of Metallica, and Steve Vai!
Joe's latest Relativity Records album, the eponymous Joe Satriani (released October, '95), was produced by Glyn Johns, whose historic credits include the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Woman" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash", the Beatles' "Let It Be", and "Led Zeppelin 1". In 1996, Satriani completed a headlining tour spanning four continents; then, following the G3 tour, he began work on his Epic Records label debut album. In the 39th annual Grammy Awards, a track from Joe Satriani entitled "(You're) My World" was nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
On G3- Live In Concert, Joe performs "Cool #9", "Flying In A Blue Dream," and "Summer Song". In June 1997, seven classic Joe Satriani albums will be re-released on Epic Records: Flying In A Blue Dream, Not Of This Earth, Joe Satriani, Surfing With The Alien, Dreaming #11, The Extremist, and Time Machine.
Steve Vai made his Epic label debut on September 17, 1996 with Fire Garden, a new solo album produced, arranged and engineered by Steve himself. Featuring 18 new tracks including the four-part "Fire Garden Suite", the album is the latest of six successful solo recordings for the man Frank Zappa once dubbed "my little Italian virtuoso." Vai has been touring non-stop since the release of Fire Garden, completing over 185 shows on an extensive world tour that has reached five continents.
Since his remarkable professional career began with Zappa in 1980, through his work with David Lee Roth, Whitesnake and others (not to mention his memorable performance as the Devil's guitar player in the Walter Hill movie Crossroads), Steve Vai's worldwide sales as a solo recording artist total more than 2.7 million- and over 10.8 million if one includes his work with other artists. In addition to a multitude of worldwide guitar honors, Vai has earned three Grammy nominations, including his 1993 win for Best Rock Instrumental Performance on the critically acclaimed album Zappa's Universe. Whether as guitar player, producer, film composer or orchestrator, Steve Vai continues to be an exciting and visionary musician.
On G3- Live In Concert, Steve takes front-and-center on his original compositions "Answers," "For The Love of God" and "The Attitude Song." In May 1997, the following Steve Vai catalog titles will be re-released on Epic Records: Alien Love Secrets, Passion & Warfare, Sex & Religion, and Flex-Able.
Venus Isle is the third solo album by Eric Johnson, and the successor to his near-platinum Ah Via Musicom (1990). Eric's Grammy Award-winning track, "Cliffs of Dover," was the first instrumental track to break into the Top 5 on both Billboard and Radio & Records Rock Radio charts, and ranked #9 on R&R's 1991 year-end chart. Highlights of Venus Isle include "S.R.V.," a tribute to the late Stevie Ray Vaughan; and the Wes Montgomery- flavored jazz track "Manhattan."
Johnson was voted "Best Overall Guitarist" for four years running in Guitar Player, in addition to being voted into their "Gallery of the Greats." Musician elected Eric as one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century" in its February 1993 issue. Guitar named Johnson "Instrumental Guitarist of the Year" in their 1991 Reader's Choice Awards, and in 1993 included him in their list of the ten most important guitarists of the past ten years.
G3- Live In Concert features Eric Johnson on "Zap," "Manhattan," and "Camel's Night Out."
Eric, Joe and Steve join together for an incendiary jam on three all-time axe-man favorites: the Freddie King/Jeff Beck classic "Going Down," Frank Zappa's immortal "My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama," and a nine-minutes-plus blues workout on "Red House" by Jimi Hendrix.