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March 25, 2020

Joe Satriani releases statement on rescheduling the Shapeshifting UK Tour

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“The current COVID-19 virus has now reached pandemic proportions and is making daily life for all of us very challenging. As always, my concern for the health and safety of my fans, my band and crew always take precedence when touring, and now is no exception. I’ve had to make the difficult but necessary decision to postpone the 1st leg of the European Shapeshifting Tour and we are working to reschedule the shows that are affected. Please hold on to your tickets for the rescheduled tour dates Let’s band together to beat this virus and rock another day.” – Joe Satriani, San Francisco, March 25, 2020

World-renowned guitar virtuoso, Joe Satriani, has rescheduled his Shapeshifting UK & and the first leg of the European Tour until April and May 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tickets for his May 2020 UK Shapeshifting tour will remain valid for the rescheduled 2021 dates.

The rescheduled 2021 UK dates include Birmingham Symphony Hall (Friday April 30), Bexhill, De La War Pavilion (Saturday May 1), Manchester Bridgewater Hall (Sunday May 2), London Palladium (Tuesday May 4), Sage Gateshead (Wednesday May 5) and O2 Academy Glasgow (Thursday May 6).

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Satriani’s forthcoming studio album, Shapeshifting, remains set for release on April 10, 2020 via Sony Music/Legacy Recordings and new song, Big Distortion is available on all streaming platforms today.

The live show will feature tracks from the new studio album Shapeshifting, plus he will perform many of his classic fan favorites including Surfing With The Alien, Always With Me, Always with You and Flying In A Blue Dream.

The 2021 touring band features celebrated drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty) bassist Bryan Beller (Aristocrats) and keyboardist Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc) and Joe Satriani on guitar.

For two decades,the guitar virtuoso has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star G3 guitar extravaganza. Satriani’s studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide to date and of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them. His side project, Chickenfoot, featuring former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar, former bassist Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith saw their debut album certified gold and their second studio album debuted at #9.

Since its debut in 1996, Satriani’s G3 tour has featured the world’s greatest guitarists (everyone from Steve Vai and Eric Johnson to Steve Lukather and Robert Fripp and John Petrucci and Uli Jon Roth) and has become a consistent concert hall sell-out attraction in the U.S., South America, Europe, Australia and Japan. “I think part of its charm and its mojo is in the chemistry of having three top guitarists share what they do on stage,” says Satriani. “It’s fun, it’s unpredictable, it’s wild – it’s everything you could want in a show.”

Since the 2017 release of his What Happens Next album, Satriani, toured his G3 Guitar Extravaganza worldwide to critical acclaim, and then embarked on the Experience Hendrix US tour. He recently released “Squares, a collection of previously unreleased material by his first, pre-fame band, Squares and announced the re-release of his classic 1987 album, Surfing With The Alien, which will arrive with new artwork and a bonus disc, Stripped – the Backing Tracks, featuring the songs with all guitar solos removed.



Birmingham Symphony Hall Friday 30 April 2021
Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion Saturday 1 May 2021
Manchester Bridgewater Hall Sunday 2 May 2021
London Palladium Tuesday 4 May 2021
Sage Gateshead Wednesday 5 May 2021
Glasgow O2 Academy Thursday 6 May 2021


April 9 Zurich, Switzerland Volkshaus Zurich
April 10 Winterbach, Germany Salierhalle
April 12 Aarhus, Denmark Train
April 13 Odense, Denmark Posten
April 14 Copenhagen, Denmark Amager Bio
April 15 Stockholm, Sweden Fryshuset
April 16 Oslo, Norway Rockefeller
April 19 Berlin, Germany Huxleys
April 20 Nuremberg, Germany Löwensaal
April 21 Karlsruhe, Germany Tollhaus
April 23 Antwerp, Belgium De Roma Borgerhout
April 24 Enschede, Netherlands Muziekcentrum Enschede
April 25 Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg the max
April 26 Heerlen, Netherlands RABOzaal Heerlen
April 27 Oberhausen, Germany Turbinenhalle

More dates to be announced. Stay tuned….