By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa
Album Review: Joe Satriani’s What Happens Next–Release date January 12, 2017-Sony Music
Rock At Night was more than happy to give Joe Satriani’s new album What Happens Next a whirl. Honestly, the combination of Satriani on guitar, Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/Black Country Communion) on bass, and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on drums made me salivate as I was placing the CD in the car player and entered the expressway. This is often where I listen to new music as I can truly focus and pay attention. As I shuttled down the near empty highway, I thought, “Holy shit! This is real rock & roll!” I immediately noticed it was a deviation from Satriani’s “space-themed” collection of the past and really more funky roots rock. Instead of “listening music” the instrumental music has almost a rockin’ dance groove.
I always like to give my first impressions and descriptions of songs as I hear them. Here we go!
- Energy—Hard-driving heavy guitar riffs and plenty of energy (just like the title)! Satriani’s distinct lead guitar solos slide in and out of the song. This song definitely got me rolling from the get-go and I wanted to hear more!
- Catbot—I love this bouncy, fun song! I can actually picture an animated cat-bot trucking around. There’s gorgeous lead solos and dramatic slow-downs with the song segueing back to the bouncy feel again. I can’t wait to see a video for this one!
Thunder High on the Mountain—Dramatic bass drum intro with cool synth-like guitar notes as the song builds into a total hard-rock crescendo. Later the song slows with almost a Celtic dance beat and again breaks into the a totally cool 70s classic rock feel.
- Cherry Blossoms—The song starts with a primal drum beat but then softens as a sweet, melodic electric guitar metal with soft arpeggios rise as well as keys accompaniment. Then, the song takes on a sudden harder rock tone with screaming guitar solos until it returns to the soft melody again. Lovely!
- Righteous—This song almost has a 70s pop rock melody, one that can be hummed and remembered. There’s a bit of funk guitar and groove.
Smooth Soul—This song is definitely soulful and sexy. It kind of reminds me of Santana. Then, the song speeds into a rockier version that grooves. I love the guitar melody!
- Headrush—A very fast, tempo song with ascending and descending bluesy, guitar riffs and Hughes’ bass lines. BTW…We tend to think of Hughes as a singer but he’s a fine, fine bass player!
- Looper—A funky, groovin’ guitar melody that is extremely catchy and memorable. Get ready for an ear worm!
- What Happens Next—A smoother, rockin’ melody, like the previous song “Looper” is really catchy! The song could be described as “jazzy rock.”
- Super Funky Badass—Again, a funky, groovin’ guitar riff and bassline. By now, I’m totally dancing in my car seat!
- Invisible—A pretty wild, guitar intro leads into a funky, guitar melody. The beat is almost Latin and jazzy.
- Forever and Ever—This song starts off almost like a Hendrix song, kind of slow and groovin’…This is probably one of the more subtle rock songs on the album. I might describe it as even being “romantic” since one could easily slow dance to this one.
What Happens Next Track Listing:
1 – Energy 7 – Headrush
2 – Catbot 8 – Looper
3 – Thunder High On The Mountain 9 – What Happens Next
4 – Cherry Blossoms 10 – Super Funky Badass
5 – Righteous 11 – Invisible
6 – Smooth Soul 12 – Forever And Ever
Satriani is embarking on a G3 Tour in the U.S. starting next week with John Petrucci & Phil Collen and will continue in the UK in April with John Petrucci & Uli Jon Roth.
2018 G3 Tour featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci & Phil Collen itinerary:
January 11 The Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
January 12 Historic Elsinore Theatre Salem, OR
January 13 Grand Sierra Theatre Reno, NV
January 14 Fox Theater Oakland, CA
January 16 Delta Hall at Eccles Theater Salt Lake City, UT
January 17 Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, NV
January 18 Mesa Arts Center Mesa, AZ
January 19 Orpheum Theatre Los Angeles, CA
January 20 Balboa Theatre San Diego, CA
January 21 Fox Tucson Theatre Tucson, AZ
January 24 Historic Paramount Theatre Denver, CO
January 25 Uptown Theater Kansas City MO
January 26 The Pavillion at The Toyota Music Factory Irving, TX
January 27 Austin City Limits – Moody Theater Austin, TX
January 28 Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Houston, TX
January 30 Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL
January 31 Florida Theatre Jacksonville, FL
February 1 Pompano Beach Amphitheatre Pompano Beach, FL
February 2 Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall Fort Myers, FL
February 3 Mahaffey Theater St. Petersberg, FL
February 6 Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Raleigh, NC
February 8 Toyota Presents Oakdale Wallingford, CT
February 9 Landmark Theatre Syracuse, NY
February 10 Palace Theatre Albany, NY
February 11 The Palace Theatre Greensburg, PA
February 12 The Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI
February 14 Warner Theatre Washington, DC
February 15 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA
February 16 Beacon Theatre New York, NY
February 17 Merriam Theater Philadelphia, PA
February 18 New Jersey Performing Arts Center Newark, NJ
February 20 Auditorium Theatre Rochester, NY
February 21 Massey Hall Toronto, ONT
February 22 Hard Rock Live Northfield, OH
February 23 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL
February 24 State Theatre Minneapolis, MN
February 25 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI
G3 2018 APRIL UK TOUR
JOE SATRIANI, JOHN PETRUCCI & ULI JON ROTH
Tuesday April 24 Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Wednesday April 25 London Eventim Apollo
Thursday April 26 Bristol Colston Hall
Friday April 27 Manchester Apollo
Sunday April 29 Portsmouth Guildhall
Monday April 30 Birmingham Symphony Hall
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