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Joe Satriani's G3 at Symphony Hall, Birmingham

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Three top guitarists on stage together
Musical virtuoso Joe Satriani is reviving his G3 guitar extravaganza for a European tour that concludes at Birmingham Symphony Hall on April 30, 2018.

Joe Satriani, G3, Uli Jon Roth, John Petrucci, Dream Theater, Scorpions, Symphony Hall Birmingham
Virtuoso: Joe Satriani (pic: Stephen Fourie)


Since its debut in 1996, the G3 tour has featured the world's greatest guitarists playing alongside Joe, including Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Steve Lukather and Robert Fripp. The 2018 dates will see Dream Theater's John Petrucci and former Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth joining Joe on stage. Each will perform a solo set, followed by a massive jam at the end of the show.

Joe Satriani, G3, Uli Jon Roth, John Petrucci, Dream Theater, Scorpions, Symphony Hall Birmingham

"I could say that I'm surprised at the durability of G3 and how much it's grown, but in a way I'm not," Joe says. "I think part of its charm and its mojo is in the chemistry of having three top guitarists share what they do on stage. It's fun, it's unpredictable, it's wild it's everything you could want in a show."

Joe releases his 16th solo album, What Happens Next, on January 12, 2018. The record features a legendary power trio Joe on guitar, former Deep Purple star Glenn Hughes on bass and Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers on drums. It is co-produced by Mike Fraser who is well-known for recording and mixing every AC/DC album since 1990's The Razors Edge, along with his classic works with Satriani going back to the release of Crystal Planet in 1998.

Joe Satriani, G3, What Happens Next, Uli Jon Roth, John Petrucci, Dream Theater, Scorpions, Symphony Hall Birmingham


A new documentary film, Beyond the Supernova, shot by Joe's filmmaker son, ZZ, made its debut at the Mill Valley Film Festival, in California, in October. The film chronicles Joe, along with his band and crew, on their last Shockwave Supernova tour through Europe and Asia.

Joe Satriani, G3, What Happens Next, Uli Jon Roth, John Petrucci, Dream Theater, Scorpions, Symphony Hall Birmingham
Supernova: Joe Satriani (pic: Christie Goodwin)


Joe's records have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and he's received 15 Grammy nominations. The debut album by his side project, Chickenfoot, featuring former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar, bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith, was certified gold.

G3 2018 UK tour dates:

April 24: Cliffs Pavilion, Southend;
April 25: Eventim Apollo, London;
April 26: Colston Hall, Bristol;
April 27: Apollo, Manchester;
April 29: Guildhall, Portsmouth;
April 30: Symphony Hall, Birmingham.


Joe Satriani, G3, What Happens Next, Uli Jon Roth, John Petrucci, Dream Theater, Scorpions, Symphony Hall Birmingham
Venue: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
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Why? Three top guitarists for the price of one
When: Touring the UK from April 24, 2018. At Symphony Hall on April 30, 2018
Phone: 0844 888 9991
Where: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and touring
Cost: 35 - 45 plus booking fee
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