Guitar extraordinaire Joe Satriani has sat down with Noisecreep to talk about his upcoming 3D concert film ‘Satchurated: Live In Montreal’ as well as the latest installment of the highly successful G3 tour. A couple of excerpts from the chat can be read below.
‘Satchurated’ was filmed in December of 2010 in front of a sold-out crowd in Montreal. Directors François and Pierre Lamoure showcase Satriani’s amazing live performance in a stunning audio and visual feast, filmed in High Definition and 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound.
Satriani says that while certain aspects of ‘Satchurated’ felt foreign during production, now that it has all come together it makes perfect sense. “It’s a technology that I was not familiar with at all. When we shot, some stuff seemed odd at the moment in terms of production but Pierre and Francois really knew what they were doing. We had the one night to make it right, and I think they delivered a stunning concert film that draws viewers in for all the right reasons. They never distract you with silly little devices that have nothing to do with the performance.”
The hugely respected and influential guitarist added that the concert took place on a night of huge sentimental value to him. “It was the one-year anniversary of my mother’s passing. Extremely difficult, as it turned out. Leading up to it, I didn’t think it would be an issue. But the night before, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I felt weird all night, but the band helped pulls me through and it became a much different sort of performance that I anticipated. What a night we captured.”
Satriani is currently preparing to get back on the road for the second leg of the G3 2012 tour. For this leg he will be taking Steve Vai and Steve Morse with him. Satriani says that it is always a pleasure to perform on the same stage as such talented musicians, especially with players like Vai, who he has known and played alongside for many years. “With Steve and me, it’s hard to describe sometimes. This last tour, our faces were hurting from smiling so much. The jams were always surprising – our chemistry just runs so deep.”
The guitarist explained that the connection between he and Vai stems from years of friendship. “We are so comfortable pushing each other to the limit – it’s just amazing. Look, we played in high school bands with some of the same guys – we are just so connected. Every time on tour today, when we are in New York we see our old bass players, and drummers and singers – all of us remain connected; the Long Island gang. But Steve and I are the only ones still making a living as musicians. Whether we are in North America, Asia, Europe, Central America- when we walk out we just always look at each other and start cracking up – like, ‘can you believe this… how did we get here?’”