The legendary guitarist and 15-time Grammy Award nominee, Joe Satriani has spoken about his latest studio album, ‘Shapeshifting,’ and revealed the rock giants who have influenced his music, including Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.
During the recent interview he gave on Music Is Win, the successful multi-instrumentalist, Joe Satriani, has opened up about his style in ‘Shapeshifting’ while admitting that he stole the notes from Deep Purple co-founder, Ritchie Blackmore, in one of his brand new songs, ‘Falling Stars.’
Satriani looked back on his six incredible months spent in playing with the British rock band, Deep Purple. He said that Ritchie is a guy you can neither copy, nor replace in the industry. Along with Blackmore, Led Zeppelin icon Jimmy Page is also one of the top figures among guitarists of that glorious era, Joe added.
The great guitarist emphasized the fact that you can’t contain Jimmy Page, and there’ll never be a book that can explain the genius of him. He revealed the reason why he admires Page so much while saying he’s just too creative every microsecond that he plays the guitar.
‘Shapeshifting‘ is the seventeenth studio album by Joe Satriani, released on April 10, 2020, through Sony Music. Satriani co-produced the album with Jim Scott, with it featuring a wide variety of styles. The album was preceded by the lead single ‘Nineteen Eighty.’
Here’s what Satriani said when asked if he could recognize a lick from the ‘Falling Stars’:
“Oh my God, I stole that right from Ritchie Blackmore! I love Ritchie Blackmore and, of course, I spent six months playing with Deep Purple.
So I had the rare opportunity as a fan to join the epic lineup of Deep Purple and to experience doing that and to make-believe just for a microsecond, like, ‘Hey, I’m in Deep Purple!’
Of course, I always knew I was just an American kid from Long Island, I got to play with an epic British band, and always above me was Ritchie Blackmore looking down at me, going, ‘Really? You’re going to play an Ibanez guitar?’
Ritchie’s a guy you can’t copy, you can’t replace him, he’s just… So many guitar players from that era put so much personality into their sound and they had such limited tools that their personality just came out.”
“So you can copy the notes and figure out the fingering but you can never actually figure out their essence and the magic that goes into it.
It’s like Jimmy Page – you can’t contain that. There’ll never be a book that can explain the genius of Jimmy Page! You can’t do it! He’s just too creative every microsecond that he plays the guitar. Any attempt to sort of reign it in and codify it is – forget about it!”
You can check out the rest of the interview and the aforementioned song below.