Exclusive Scambot 2 pre-orders start now!

Kind folk! Hi! Hear ye!

The time has come, friends…we are now grinningly accepting pre-orders for the 2-CD special edition of Scambot 2.


17 years in the making (I’m serious!), this signed, numbered limited edition of 2000 features two distinct albums for your ears.

Disc 1 is Scambot 2 proper, consisting of the following:

Exclusive Scambot 2 pre-orders start now!SCAMBOT 2
1. In The Trees (10:28)
2. Roots Twist (3:02)
3. Sam (3:20)
4. Clipper (4:36)
5. Forget About It (0:46)
6. Pretzels (4:25)
7. Buzz (4:32)
8. Race The Stars (3:44)
9. O (1:26)
10. Roll (6:23)
11. Constructed (3:46)
12. Freezer Burn (5:23)
13. Scores of People (5:22)
14. Cold Hands Gnat (4:00)
15. Proceed (3:19)

Disc 2 is a whole other freaking album, called Inkling (More From The Scambot 2 Sessions). It contains these things:

INKLING (More from the Scambot 2 Sessions)Exclusive Scambot 2 pre-orders start now!
1. Presence (0:48)
2. Scambot (2:17)
3. Boghe (4:01)
4. Sickness (2:01)
5. The Coma (2:11)
6. I Named You (0:45)
7. Falafel (1:29)
8. O Elastic Love! (1:23)
9. Cram (8:10)
10. Mystery Song (0:04)
11. E (0:37)
12. The Scorpions (5:32)
13. Skating Backwards (2:15)
14. Tom (7:01)
15. Mayday! (1:25)
16. Lovesong (1:27)
17. Back It Up (2:54)
18. Inkling (1:37)
19. Uncompressed Rag (2:04)

One hour and 53 minutes of music altogether.

Both albums are handsomely contained within a frequently blue package, with many absurd drawings and a lengthy story continuing the epic tale of Scambot and the other humans, animals and deities in his life. There’s a 24-page booklet for Scambot 2, and an additional 8-page booklet for Inkling, both nestled within the attractive digipak.

Exowax will begin shipping the CDs in late July. But once your pre-order is processed, you will receive an advance download of Scambot 2 proper, to begin listening to at any moment you care to begin listening to it. No waiting for you, intrepid pre-orderer!

(For any non-physical-product people out there, Scambot 2 proper will also be available as a purchasable single-album download, with digital booklet, in late July. Inkling [More From The Scambot 2 Sessions] will not be available for download though – this album is exclusively available only as Disc 2 of the 2-CD edition.)

How to describe the music? Well, Scambot 1 was a dense, mostly instrumental and pretty darn abstract listen, so Scambot 2 may take you by surprise with its more melodic and accessible (for me, anyway) nature. I really wanted to write a bunch of songs, as opposed to compose a bunch of pieces, and that’s what happened. From the multi-movement epic “In The Trees” to the rocking “Roots Twist” and “Roll” to the lilting “Sam” to the twangy “Constructed” to the proggity “Buzz” and “Clipper” to the… well I’ll stop describing the songs, you’ll hear them soon enough I hope.

Most of the more abstract instrumental music we worked on during this time has gone into Inkling, which really hangs together as an album in its own right, and also contains a few conventionally melodic songs alongside blazing madness and crazy space music and pseudo-ragtime and other things.

If I may so say, I am really freaking happy with both of these albums. Happy enough to italicize!

Scambot 2 has been a long time coming. We’re grateful indeed for your patience, and we hope that you’ll find your patience rewarded by this music.

And now, in the words of TV’s Richard Deacon, sit back, relax, and pre-order Scambot 2 now!

Thank you – we very much dig you –

Scambot 2

MK Touring in Europe, Scambot 2 imminent

MK Touring in Europe, Scambot 2 imminent


I’ve been hopping about Germany for the last week with Jaan Wessman and Schroeder, performing as Mike Keneally and Friends, and having an absolutely fantastic time playing for people. Tonight is the last show of our eight-show run opening for JJ Grey & Mofro (who are a fantastic bunch of guys, band and crew alike) – all the folks who have been helping us out and making this tour happen (particularly George Hofmann and all at Shooter Promotions) are truly a stand-up bunch of righteous geezers. Many, many thanks to all, including those of you have been to the shows, and I can promise there will be more next year.

We’ve got one more Keneally and Friends show after tonight, a headlining gig at Session Music in Walldorf this Monday, June 13. After eight shows of tightly scheduled opening sets, we will certainly be abusing the opportunity to play a much lengthier set, so by all means come see this show if you can! Tickets can be had here.

Then a couple of days of secret recording sessions with my friends Peter Alexius, Marc Mennigmann and Jaan Wessman. What will transpire?

And then it’s on to the next round of Joe Satriani European shows, which will alternate between full Satriani Surfing to Shockwave sets, shorter festival appearances, and G3 nights with Steve Vai and The Aristocrats. Joe has presented some interesting song choices for the jam at the end of the G3 shows – you might be a bit surprised.

But hey, what about pre-order information for Scambot 2, I can hear you say, even while I am located in this very Nurnberg hotel room in which I currently sit?

Stay tuned…stay very, very tuned…



Hi everyone! It’s Mike. Me. Guess what?

Scambot 2 is coming soon!

But before it’s released, we at Exowax want to learn how you prefer to listen to music these days, and we’d very much appreciate it if you’d take a minute to tell us about your preferences in a one-page survey. Your input will be extremely valuable for us as we head into the manufacturing phase.

Scambot 2 consists of these things:

In The Trees (10:28)
Roots Twist (3:02)
Sam (3:20)
Clipper (4:36)
Forget About It (0:46)
Pretzels (4:25)
Buzz (4:32)
Race The Stars (3:44)
O (1:26)
Roll (6:23)
Constructed (3:46)
Freezer Burn (5:23)
Scores of People (5:22)
Cold Hands Gnat (4:00)
Proceed (3:19)

Photo by Tore Kersten

It contains beautiful performances from Kris Myers, Pete Griffin, Joe Travers, Bryan Beller, Gregg Bendian, Doug Lunn, Ben Thomas, Jesse Keneally, Marco Minnemann and Evan Francis. And the magnificent engineering and mixing of Mike Harris. And the soulful energy and input of Scott Chatfield.

Sarah Crochet helped me profoundly in areas of sound and sequencing. Atticus Wolrab is presently doing beautiful things with the artwork (although in keeping with his current M.O., he is refusing to take a credit on the album package itself, but he can’t stop me from calling him out online). I also did a bunch of drawings of the characters doing things, and a lengthy liner note story detailing the further adventures of Scambot and his odd cohorts.

I’m thrilled with this album, and extremely grateful for your patience in waiting for it.

There is also a second album, called Inkling, which was made at the same time as Scambot 2 – I’ll tell you more about that later.

For now, if you would be so kind, please help us out by taking our survey – we’ll be back soon with more information, and to announce when pre-orders shall commence.

You are all top-notch human beings who have our deepest gratitude.


On May 13 through 15 (this coming Friday through Sunday) I’ll be at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro, CA with Gregg Bendian and Doug Lunn. The primary focus of these gigs is improvisation, although there will be prepared material for us to work with. There will be recording going on; Gregg is going to take the recordings and see if he can make an album out of them. Please come and be a part of it if you can.

Ticket links are on the Alvas calendar here.


On May 27 I’ll be appearing at the Bolgen Kulturhus in Larvik, Norway. This will be a multifaceted event including an interview, a clinic and a live band performance with brilliant Norwegian musicians Rune Erling Pederson and Are Gogstad.

Here’s the ticket link for the Larvik, Norway event:


This is a real pleasure: I’ll be reuniting with Jaan Wessman and Schroeder for the first time since 2004 – we did a good amount of European touring as Mike Keneally and Friends back in the early ’00s, and it was always a fantastic time. Too many years have gone by since playing with them and I’m delighted to be returning to this trio for these special shows.

It’ll be an honor to share the stage with JJ Grey & Mofro, whose reputation for fierce and intense live performance is well-founded. We’ll be doing an hour-long set opening for JJ on this tour, with the exception of June 5 in Hamburg where we’ll be doing 45 minutes, because both we and JJ Grey will be opening for Tedeschi Trucks Band that night – that’s going to be an INSANE night of music.

Ticket links to the German tour are here.


After the JJ Grey tour, I’m going to do one more performance with Jaan and Schroeder, this one at the music shop Session Music in Walldorf. We’re the only band, so we’ll get to play as long as they’ll let us, and it’s going to be somewhat acoustically oriented – it’s a Session VIP event. A nice way to wind up the adventures of Mike Keneally and Friends for 2016!

Here’s the ticket link for this special night.


The Surfing to Shockwave Satriani North American tour that just ended was the most musically satisfying run of Satriani dates I’ve ever been involved with, and I’m glad we get to bring this show back to Europe this summer. Most of these dates will be Satriani headlining shows, but seven of them (in Italy and Germany) will be G3 gigs with Vai and The Aristocrats, and you know those will just be over-the-top ridiculous nights of music. Prepare yourselves for the madness and come join us please!

Satriani and G3 tickets are here.
Love to you all!

Diving into a moon shaped pool,


Hail to thee music-loving person! I’ll be with Gregg and Doug at Alvas Playhouse this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 13-15. We’ll be improvising a lot and having some prepared material in our back pocket to bounce off from. Recording will take place, and Mr. Bendian will take the recordings and see about constructing some sort of album from them. High adventure on the grand seas of sound! Join us? Join us!

Here’s the ticket link, a link whereat you may buy tickets…




‘Surfing to Shockwave’ tour with Satriani & Keneally!

'Surfing to Shockwave' tour with Satriani & Keneally! Photo by Troy Conrad
Photo by Troy Conrad

Halloo to all ships at sea!

I hope you’re doing incredibly well, Skeezitz. (I decided to call you “Skeezitz” just then, which I hope is cool.) I just wanted to poke my head in your direction to let you know that the next Joe Satriani US tour, featuring Bryan Beller, Marco Minnemann and myself, kicks off in Seattle on Feb. 24 and continues on for two months hence. Perhaps you might attend one of these performances. Perhaps you will have the time of your life there! Shouldn’t you at least come to the show and see if this is, in fact, the case?

All the details you need regarding these “Surfing to Shockwave” shows, presenting material from the entirety of Joe’s stellar career, can be found below, with more info here on the World Wide Web. It’ll be a blast and three-quarters to tour the States again with the lads, and I’m looking forward to a lot of exciting and extremely fun shows. This is an “Evening With” presentation – we’re doing two sets with intermission and no opening act, which we’ve never done before – so I’m jazzed to find out where this is heading.

Also – dig it: details are still being finalized regarding Scambot 2 (as well as a second album of music from the sessions). I love it (them). Thanks for your patience and keep hanging tight.

The photo at the top is from backstage at the recent Delray at the El Rey show (a night of comedy and music celebrating Dean Delray‘s 50th birthday at the El Rey theatre in LA) – I played AC/DC and Motorhead songs at the end of the night with Rudy Sarzo, Dave Lombardo and Chris Goss from Masters of Reality – and Dean absolutely killing it on lead vocals (earlier in the evening he did one of the best stand-up comedy sets I’ve ever seen) – what a great night!

All right all of you, bops on the nose and love to each of you and as always, thanks for paying attention. Y’all are awesome.

Blue, blue, electric blue,

“Surfing to Shockwave” Tour with Joe Satriani, Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller and Marco Minnemann

2/25 Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
2/26 Salem, OR @ Historic Elsinore Theatre
2/27 Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Theatre
2/28 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
3/01 San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theatre
3/02 Tucson, AZ @ Fox Tucson Theatre
3/03 Riverside, CA @ Fox Performing Arts Center
3/04 Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater @ Palms Casino
3/05 Scottsdale, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Ballroom
3/07 Denver, CO @ Historic Paramount Theatre
3/08 El Paso, TX @ Abraham Chavez Theatre
3/09 Dallas, TX @ The Majestic Theatre
3/10 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
3/11 San Antonio, TX @ Laurie Auditorium
3/12 New Orleans, LA @ Orpheum Theater
3/14 Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
3/15 Pensacola, FL @ Saenger Theatre
3/16 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Parker Playhouse
3/17 Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
3/18 Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
3/19 Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theatre
3/21 Durham, NC @ Carolina Theatre
3/22 Charlotte, NC @ Knight Theater
3/23 Atlanta GA @ Symphony Hall
3/24 Richmond, VA @ The National
3/25 Virginia Beach, VA @ Sandler Center
3/26 Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
3/29 New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
3/30 Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
3/31 Providence, RI @ The Vets
4/01 Brookeville LI @ Tilles Center
4/02 Washington DC @ Lincoln Theatre
4/04 Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
4/06 Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
4/08 Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
4/09 Buffalo, NY @ UAB Center for the Arts
4/10 Cleveland, OH @ Hard Rock
4/12 Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall
4/13 Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Detroit
4/14 Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
4/15 Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
4/16 St. Paul, MN @ The Fitzgerald Theatre
4/21 Calgary AB @ Grey Eagle Event Centre
4/22 Enoch, AB @ River Creek Casino
4/24 Vancouver, BC @ Hard Rock Casino Vancouver

Complete Remaining Satriani Tour Dates with Mike!

Joe Satriani’s “Surfing to Shockwave” tour soldiers on with Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller and Marco Minnemann:

Oct 27 Admiralspalast Berlin, DE
Oct 28 Theaterhaus Stuttgart, DE
Oct 29 Salle Metropole Lausanne, CH
Oct 30 Ruhrcongress Bochum, DE
Nov 1 Manchester 02 Apollo Manchester, GB
Nov 2 Birmingham Symphony Hall Birmingham, GB
Nov 3 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, GB
Nov 4 Sheffield City Hall Sheffield, GB
Nov 5 Cardiff St. David’s Hall Cardiff, GB
Nov 7 Southend Cliffs Pavilion Southend-on-Sea, GB
Nov 8 Bristol Colston Hall Bristol, GB
Nov 9 Portsmouth Guild Hall Hampshire, GB
Nov 10 Eventim Hammersmith Apollo London, GB

North America:
February 25 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
February 26 Historic Elsinore Theatre Salem, OR
February 27 Grand Sierra Theatre Reno, NV
February 28 Fox Theater Oakland, CA
March 1 Balboa Theatre San Diego, CA
March 2 Fox Tucson Theatre Tuscon, AZ *
March 3 Fox Performing Arts Center Riverside, CA
March 4 Pearl Concert Theater @ Palms Casino Las Vegas, NV
March 5 Talking Stick Resort Ballroom Scottsdale, AZ
March 7 Historic Paramount Theatre Denver, CO
March 8 Abraham Chavez Theatre El Paso, TX
March 9 The Majestic Theatre Dallas, TX
March 10 House of Blues Houston, TX
March 11 Laurie Auditorium San Antonio, TX
March 12 Orpheum Theater New Orleans, LA
March 14 Iron City Birmingham, AL
March 15 Saenger Theatre Pensacola, FL
March 16 Parker Playhouse Ft. Lauderdale, FL
March 17 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL
March 18 Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL
March 19 Florida Theatre Jacksonville, FL
March 21 Carolina Theatre Durham, NC
March 22 Knight Theater Charlotte, NC
March 23 Symphony Hall Atlanta, GA **
March 24 The National Richmond, VA
March 25 Sandler Center Virginia Beach, VA
March 26 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA
March 29 College Street Music Hall New Haven, CT
March 30 Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY
March 31 The Vets Providence, RI
April 1 Tilles Center Brookville, LI
April 2 Lincoln Theatre Washington, DC
April 4 Count Basie Theatre Red Bank, NJ **
April 6 Venue to be announced Philadelphia, PA
April 8 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, Ontario
April 9 UAB Center for the Arts Buffalo, NY
April 10 Hard Rock Cleveland **
April 12 Carnegie Music Hall Pittsburgh, PA
April 13 Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI **
April 14 Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, WI **
April 15 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL **
April 16 The Fitzgerald Theatre St. Paul, MN
April 21 Grey Eagle Event Centre Calgary
April 22 River Creek Casino Enoch, AB ***
April 24 Venue to be announced Vancouver, BC
* on sale 11/18 | **on sale date 11/13 | ***on sale date 11/2

New interview with me at Make Weird Music

I am surely appreciative to Anthony Garone who did a pretty comprehensive 90-minute interview with me a couple of weeks ago, just before I left on this here Satriani tour. Anthony is a voracious enjoyer, appreciator and maker of weird music and we had a lot to talk about regarding the making of unusual sounds. Thanks also to the legendary Carl King for camerawork, technical knowhow and several cogent questions at crucial moments. I hope you enjoy watching/listening/reading as much as I enjoyed yappin’.


(Anthony did a nice graphic of my head which I tried to paste in here but am unable to “for security reasons.” He must be very protective of his art. Good for him!)

Scambot 2 & Concert Updates!


I have been radio silent for a while, I know – but we’ve been real busy.

Yesterday was the last day of studio work on Scambot 2, and the additional album of material from the Scambot 2 sessions.

This album (these albums!) has (have!) been a long time coming, and we are most grateful indeed for your patience.

We’ll have a lot more to tell you, including release date and pre-order info, very soon.

In the meantime, some upcoming gigs…

This Friday, Aug. 21, I’ll be a special guest with San Diego’s wonderful Back To The Garden playing some Eric Clapton tunes at a free concert in El Cajon. Really a nice way to wind up your work week. I’m looking forward to having a good time at this show!

Back To The Garden Celebrates the Music of Eric Clapton

Special Guest: Mike Keneally

Friday, Aug 21st

6:00-8:00 pm

Downtown El Cajon’s Dinner and A Concert

at Prescott Promenade

230 East Douglas St

El Cajon, CA 92021

Admission: free!

The new Joe Satriani album Shockwave Supernova came out recently and is being really well received, I’m happy to say. It’s the first of Joe’s albums to feature his current band of Bryan Beller, Marco Minnemann and myself. We start touring behind the album in September in Europe – for ticket links, please visit Satriani.com, and in the meantime check out the dates here:

Sep 17 Zénith Nantes Métropole Nantes, FR

Sep 18 Espace du Crouzy Boisseuil, FR

Sep 19 Théâtre Fémina Bordeaux, FR

Sep 20 Casino Barriere Toulouse, FR

Sep 21 Silo – Marseille Marseille, FR

Sep 22 Amphithéâtre de la Cité Internationale Lyon, FR

Sep 24 Grand Rex Paris, FR

Sep 25 Théâtre Sébastopol Lille, FR

Sep 26 Limburg Hall Heerlen, NL

Sep 27 De Roma Antwerp, BE

Sep 28 De Oosterport Groningen, NL

Sep 30 Kursaal Auditorium San Sebastian, ES

Oct 1 Circo Price Madrid, ES

Oct 2 Sala Barts Barcelona, ES

Oct 3 Salle Garnier Monte-Carlo, MC

Oct 5 Teatro della Luna Milan, IT

Oct 6 Teatro Obihall Florence, IT

Oct 7 Auditorium Parco della Musica Rome, IT

Oct 8 Palariviera San Benedetto del Tronto, IT

Oct 9 Patria Hall Budapest, HU

Oct 11 National Palace of Culture Sofia, BG

Oct 12 Sala Polivalenta Bucharest, RO

Oct 13 Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca, RO

Oct 14 Aegon Arena Bratislava, SK

Oct 15 Tisport Arena Prague, CZ

Oct 16 Werk Arena Trinec, CZ

Oct 18 Torwar Warsaw, PL

Oct 19 Rock Café Tallinn, EE

Oct 20 Circus Helsinki, FI

Oct 22 Debaser Medis Stockholm, SE

Oct 23 Skraaen Aalborg, DK

Oct 25 Cirkus Krone Munich, DE

Oct 26 Laeishalle Hamburg, DE

Oct 27 Admiralspalast Berlin, DE

Oct 28 Theaterhaus Stuttgart, DE

Oct 29 Salle Metropole Lausanne, CH

Oct 30 Ruhrcongress Bochum, DE

Nov 1 Manchester 02 Apollo Manchester, GB

Nov 2 Birmingham Symphony Hall Birmingham, GB

Nov 3 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, GB

Nov 4 Sheffield City Hall Sheffield, GB

Nov 5 Cardiff St. David’s Hall Cardiff, GB

Nov 7 Southend Cliffs Pavilion Southend-on-Sea, GB

Nov 8 Bristol Colston Hall Bristol, GB

Nov 9 Portsmouth Guild Hall Hampshire, GB

Nov 10 Eventim Hammersmith Apollo London, GB

This is the first leg of the tour – we’ll be visiting many more places in 2016. I’m delighted and grateful to be heading out on another tour cycle with my friends Joe, Bryan and Marco and look forward to seeing a lot of you at Satriani shows over the next year or so!

As always I’m grateful to you for staying in touch with what I’m doing musically and I hope you’ll be as happy with Scambot 2 as I am. I’ll type more at you soon.

Thank you!