Supernova at the Sweetwater

Joe Satriani


Sweetwater Music Hall Sat, Oct 14, 2017 8:00 PM


For a whole generation, Surfing with the Alien remains the essential rock instrumental album of the 1980s, defined by the piercing sonic soundscapes of guitarist Joe Satriani’s technical virtuosity. Now, on that record’s 30th anniversary, ZZ Satriani chronicles his father’s 2017 world concert tour with this loving tribute to a musician still at the top of his game. Fronting a hard-driving ensemble, Satriani proves he’s the master of sweeping solos, pulsing rhythms, and intricate fingerwork. But we also see him in his more meditative moments—discussing his influences, his love of collaboration (Steve Vai makes an appearance), and the struggle between the private person and the master showman. His craft is serious, but his rehearsals are playful and we’re given intimate access to a legend free of pretense and self-seriousness. With stylish flourishes and boundless affection, ZZ, in his directorial debut, celebrates a musical icon who has never tired of blazing his own distinctive trail.