JOE SATRIANI (1956–PRESENT). Among the key metal guitar heroes and virtuosos who usually shun playing with egotistical frontmen, Satriani is a rare example of a guitar innovator of the eighties and nineties who still maintains his relevance to the present day. Satriani started as a sideman, playing with Mick Jagger and Deep Purple before starting off on his own, and quickly became a solo artist, specializing in dynamic and fluid solos that are more artistic than merely musical wanking. Most of his followers would point to the Surfing with the Alien album as the most essential of all his works, but others are fond of his work with G3 along with guitarists Steve Vai and a rotating third guitarist. Satriani is a guitarist’s guitarist and many believe that there is no point in trying to explain how he sounds in print, suggesting that those interested go and listen to his records.
Discography: Not of This Earth (Food For Thought, 1986); Surfing with the Alien (Food For Thought, 1987); Dreaming 11 [EP] (Food For Thought, 1988); Flying in a Blue Dream (Food For Thought, 1989); The Extremist (Epic, 1992); Time Machine (Epic, 1993); Joe Satriani [EP] (Epic, 1995); G3 Live in Concert [with Steve Vai and Eric Johnson] (Epic, 1997); Crystal Planet (Epic, 1998); Engines of Creation (Epic, 2000); Live in San Francisco (Epic, 2001); Strange Beautiful Music (Epic, 2002); G3 Live: Rocking the Free World (Epic, 2004); Is There Love in Space? (Epic, 2004); G3: Live in Tokyo (Epic, 2005); One Big Rush—The Genius of Joe Satriani (CMG, 2005); Super Colossal (Epic, 2006); And SatrianiLive! (Red Ink, 2006); Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock (Epic/Red, 2008); Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards (2010).