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12 - Publicity Photo 1This weekend guitar legend Joe Satriani makes his return to the Hangar in honor of the release of his new box-set Joe Satriani: The Complete Studio Recordings due out next Tuesday April 22nd. He also has a book that he wrote with author Jake Brown called Strange Beautiful Music due out May 6th. Joe goes into great deal about both this week inside Hangar 19. Learn more below:


Go behind the scenes with the musician The New York Times called “a guitar God!” Oft-hailed as the Jimi Hendrix of his generation, living guitar legend Joe Satriani has long-transcended stylistic boundaries and his 6-string secrets have astounded listeners around the world for nearly 30 years.

joesatrianibookIn Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir, Joe and co-author, music biographer Jake Brown, take fans on their first authorized tour of the story behind his climb to stardom and the writing and recording of a storied catalog of classics including “Surfing with the Alien,” “Summer Song,” “Satch Boogie,” and more!

Featuring previously unpublished photos and hours of exclusive, first-hand interviews with Satriani, Strange Beautiful Music offers a unique look inside the studio, giving fans a chance to get up-close and personal like never before. With insider details about his collaboration with multi-platinum supergroup Chickenfoot, exclusive interviews with Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony of Van Halen and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, commentary from fellow guitar legends such as Steve Vai and Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, this memoir offers a rare inside look for die-hard Satriani fans, guitar enthusiasts, and anyone who loves to rock.


For three decades, Joe Satriani, the biggest selling rock instrumental guitarist in the Soundscan era, has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star “G3” guitar extravaganza. His studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, and of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them. In May of 2013, Satriani celebrated the release of his 14th studio album, Unstoppable Momentum.

Award-winning music biographer Jake Brown has written 35 published books in his decade-long career, featuring many authorized collaborations with some of rock’s biggest artists. In 2012, Brown won the Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards in the category of Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research.


Joe Satriani: The Complete Studio Recordings is a box set worthy of one of the greatest instrumental rock guitarists of our time.

Joe Satriani is the guitar. Plain and simple. No one else has ever been able to play with such pizzazz, such fluidity, such timelessness.

Since the late eighties, the self-taught, multi-platinum virtuoso has been winning over fans and musicians alike with his groundbreaking style and legendary sounds. He has been around the world several times on tours of his own, as well as tours with Mick Jagger, Deep Purple, and

hugely successful G3 summer tours and albums with fellow guitar legends Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd and as part of the supergroup, Chickenfoot. He has been both artist and teacher, instructing such famous pupils as Steve Vai, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, Counting Crow’s David Bryson, and jazz fusionist Charlie Hunter.

Now for the first time, all of Joe’s studio albums are compiled in The Complete Studio Recordings, the most comprehensive collection by the world’s bestselling instrumental guitarist. 15 albums including the new compilation titled Additional Creations and Bonus Tracks. Featuring brand-new digital remasters for the best sound reproduction overseen by Joe himself, each CD is packaged in a replica cardboard jacket and housed in a clamshell box.

“Joe Satriani’s my favorite guitar player.”


What music legends say about JOE SATRIANI

“Joe has refined his own style of playing to a point where he’s forever up there in the stratosphere of excellence that is reached by very few musicians.”


“Every time Joe puts his fingers on a guitar, what comes out sounds like inspired music, even if its just a finger exercise. He created and branded a niche with his own voice and in so doing he wielded an entire genre.”


“After all the times I had been on stages with Joe, been on the side of stages watching and listening to Joe, and all the times I have been in the audience cheering for Joe, I continue to have no idea how Joe does what he does.”



It’s Megadeth main man Dave Mustaine playing guitar with the San Diego Symphony on April 12, 2014. Words can not describe.


DT-Lightboxv1550First let me say that Dream Theater might be the first band I’ve ever seen that didn’t play a bunch of their singles but still left the crowd completely satisfied. In fact they only played four of their actual singles and didn’t play their biggest song “Pull Me Under” On a music level this band is one of the most talented out there and have been since their first album in 1989.

purpleBilled An Evening With Dream Theater because this was not your typical metal show. They played by themselves with no opener and they played for exactly 3 hours. The show started when the lights went out and an amazing animation video played that featured all of the Dream Theater albums artwork animating into one another, all set to the tune of “A False Awakening Suite.” I can not describe this and do it justice. Once the band hit the 1000 people at this historic theater went nuts as Dream Theater hit the first notes of “The Enemy Inside” from their latest self-titled album. And so it went for the next 180 minutes. People from all walks of life singing ever word, being amazed by John Petrucci’s guitar playing, actually the same could be said for bassist John Myung, keyboardist Jordan Rudess (I mean the guy played 2 keytar solos,) and the newest member of Dream Theater drummer Mike Mangini.

singingThe only spot that let up was a 15 minute video during the intermission that featured fake commercials of Dream Theater action figures, youtube clips of other people playing Dream Theater music on a range of instruments, even triangle guy, plus a very funny voice over’d smackdown by John Petrucci over Joe Satriani. Shortly after they re hit the stage singer James LeBrie talked about how this year their album Awake is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary and the album Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory is celebrating it’s 15th anniversary .

MikeManginiBy far this one of the most amazing concerts I’ve ever seen. It’s not a typical metal show with mosh pits and sweaty dudes, this is a show you get lost in. Almost like seeing a musical but it’s just 5 guys playing some of the most incredible music you’ve ever heard. If you get the chance to see this tour, do it.


  1. False Awakening Suite
  2. The Enemy Inside
  3. The Shattered Fortress
  4. On the Backs of Angels
  5. The Looking Glass
  6. Trial of Tears
    (with extended intro and instrumental jam)
  7. Enigma Machine
    (with drum solo by Mike Mangini)
  8. Along for the Ride
  9. Breaking All Illusions
  10. The Mirror
  11. Lie
  12. Lifting Shadows Off a Dream
  13. Scarred
  14. Space-Dye Vest
  15. Illumination Theory
  16. Overture 1928
  17. Strange Déjà Vu
  18. The Dance of Eternity
  19. Finally Free



In one of the more amazing moments on the new Dio tribute album This is Your Life Metallica pulled off another medley of songs. This following their 1998 tribute to Mercyful Fate found on the Garage Inc. album. As we continue to play songs from this album this weekend in the Hangar we’re posting this song just so you can ingest it as much as possible. First here’s Metallica’s statement about why they chose to do this medley.

Throughout the years we’ve made no secret of our deep love and admiration for Ronnie James Dio. Whether it was with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell or Dio, his powerful voice was instantly recognizable and his music inspired and influenced the four of us tremendously. When we were asked to be a part of a tribute album for Ronnie, of course we immediately said “fuck yeah!” Choosing a song to record, however, was a MUCH harder decision . . . so we did four! Our contribution to Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life will include the medley we call “Ronnie Rising, ” comprised of Rainbow’s “A Light In The Black,” “Tarot Woman,” “Stargazer,” and “Kill The King.”

The full album hits the streets and all of your friendly digital outlets on April 1, 2014 and 100% of the proceeds from sales will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (


Not since the last tribute album that was Black Sabbath related as a tribute record come out with this much love and this many great songs. The album features both new and old heavy metal heavy weights covering some of Dio’s greatest songs. Everything is covered hear from Rainbow (Metallica “Ronnie Rising”) to Black Sabbath (Anthrax “Neon Nights”) to of course Dio the band. Coming up on the next Hangar 19 we will be playing a bunch of tunes from this album and hearing from the likes of Rob Halford, Matthias Jabs, Corey Taylor, Joey Belladona and more. This record was organized by Ronnie’s wife Wendy Dio and some of the proceeds benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

dio this is your lifeBand: Various Artists

Album: Ronnie James Dio This is Your Life

Release Date: April 1, 2014

Recommended Listening: The entire track list!

(album artwork courtesy of Rhino Records)

  1. Neon Knights - Anthrax
  2. The Last In Line - Tenacious D
  3. The Mob Rules - Adrenaline Mob
  4. Rainbow In The Dark - Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher
  5. Straight Through The Heart - Halestorm
  6. Starstruck - Motörhead with Biff Byford
  7. The Temple Of The King - Scorpions
  8. Egypt (The Chains Are On) - Doro
  9. Holy Diver - Killswitch Engage
  10. Catch The Rainbow - Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren
  11. I - Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy
  12. Man On The Silver Mountain - Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren
  13. Ronnie Rising Medley (Featuring A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Kill The King) - Metallica
  14. This Is Your Life - Dio says:

Tribute albums can prove problematic, especially when they forgo emotional narrative for name recognition, or when participating artists spend too much time trying (too hard) to subvert the songs, but Ronnie James Dio: This is Your Life succeeds by remaining true to its source material. This approach can also backfire by descending into karaoke, but each cut here is delivered via the full-blooded ferocity of friends, family, and (famous) fans, so it never feels phoned in.