Joe Satriani: Phil Collen is a "Total Virtuoso"

Joe Satriani: Phil Collen is a "Total Virtuoso"

When Joe Satriani—in addition to announcing his 16th solo album—What Happens Next—announced a G3 Tour featuring John Petrucci and Phil Collen, many (including many a Guitar World reader) scratched their heads at the choice of Collen, best known as the six-string ace for Def Leppard. Satriani recently—when speaking to Eddie Trunk—defended his choice of Collen, calling him a “total virtuoso.”

“It’s an interesting little thing about musicianship,” Satriani said. “There are players that are known for being crazy and outstanding, but maybe you wouldn’t want them in a band like AC/DC, or something like that, where you depend on certain rock attitude and performance.”

Discussing how dynamics change when a star guitarist is part of a larger ensemble, he added that (referring to his time as the guitarist for Sammy Hagar-fronted Chickenfoot) “You can’t go too crazy because you are part of a support team.”

Focusing the discussion on Collen, Satriani said “I can tell by my ear that the guy [Collen] is a total virtuoso, but he’s holding back because he’s in a different kind of band. But when we got on stage during rehearsal at the G4 Experience, I was pleasantly surprised. But in a way I wasn’t too surprised because I always knew that behind Def Leppard stuff was a lot more.”

“And there it was. He could just go crazy and shred,” he said. “We were up there, me, Tommy Emmanuel, and Phil, just making stuff up in front of an audience. And Phil’s got that ability to go right to the edge and jump off.”

“But he’s also got that special something. Maybe it’s years, decades, of being in a super stadium playing rock band. He knows how to keep it together and still put on a great show, even while he’s trying something he’s never done before.”

You can watch the full interview, and check out the full itinerary of the upcoming G3 tour, below.

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 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 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

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