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THINGS OF THE ROAD
Greetings from the mid-point of our little 7-show European Satriani adventure! We find ourselves in lovely Padova today. It’s 90 minutes before showtime. Just had some really nice marinated eggplant and seafood pasta and I’m ready to rock.
I say “7-show,” actually it’s turned out to be 6-and-a-bit, for we were driven from the stage (a beautiful outdoor stage in a castle courtyard) after four songs by a thunderstorm in Pavia a couple of nights ago. The crowd took it well but it’s never fun to disappoint an audience that way, or come all that way to a town and be unable to perform. I hope that we’re somehow able to play for them again soon.
Whoa. Now it’s just started thundering and lightninging and hailing here in Padova too. Fortunately it’s an indoor gig so the show will go on, but gosh.
Now here’s a horrible selfie I took right before we went onstage here in Padova (I say here but right now I’m in my bunk in the bus on the way to Budapest). We are not the Blue Man Group, but in this photo, we are close.
And here’s a shot from Saturday night right before the show in Molfetta, Puglia, of Joe Travers posing next to the birthday cakes in honor of our magnificent Production Assistant Jarett Kemp. This photo was taken by Rubina Satriani and has been dubbed “Mr. Bacciagalupe and his Confectionary Cart!” by Joe S.
We do have us some fun out here. Last night in Padova was a gig where everything came together beautifully onstage and surprises emerge. I ended up playing a piano solo with Joe S.’s encouragement during the intro of “Cool #9” featuring some expert jazz accompaniment from Bryan and Joe T., and I’m pretty sure that’s never happened before, but it felt right. There is real spontaneity and gleefulness in these Satriani gigs. If you haven’t been able to catch one, you really ought to if we get near you.
Now I’m in my Budapest hotel room looking at the rain outside my window.
We’re on the Buda side, looking across the water at Pest. Did you know that Condé Nast Traveler says that Budapest is the second best city in the world? Well, they did. Man it is freaking screaming down rain right now. I hope we’re indoors tonight! (Checking venue – nope, it’s outdoors. Wish us and the audience all the luck please!)
We’ve got gigs in Bucharest and Istanbul over the next few days and then that’s the end of this short run. There will be more Satriani dates later this year but I’m not yet at liberty to tell you where. Stay tuned to this bat-channel and all that. But if you are able to see any of the next couple of gigs, please go to satriani.com/road for the details – and bring some good weather with you!
I go right to Vancouver after leaving Europe to work with Devin Townsend on demos for his upcoming album. I feel real privileged to be a part of this new phase of Dev’s career and am really relishing the thought of the album sessions in a couple of months. He’s been sending me TONS of stuff he’s working on and it’s just incredible, how creative and prolific he is.
Bryan Beller is also phenomenally creative, if not quite so prolific, but his next album IS a double-album opus so it’s definitely worth the long wait since Thanks In Advance came out (TEN YEARS AGO, goodness gracious). I’ll be jumping right into the studio with him when I get back from working with Devin – and it will be Double Time studio with Jeff Forrest engineering, same location where Dust Speck and Nonkertompf and all sorts of my stuff was recorded back in the day. Always a pleasure to go back to the scene of those crimes (I use the term lovingly) and do stuff with Jeff, and I’m excited to add my input to the intricate latticework Beller is creating.
But really I came here to say that if you haven’t listened with headphones to all of 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 by Midnight Oil recently, just, I mean, just DO IT. NOW.
I honestly love you,
PS. Thank you to Mick Brigden, Joe S.’s manager, for lending me his computer charger after mine bit the dust and allowing this Keneallist missive to make its way across the ocean to you…
PPS. The sun just burst through the clouds! Looking good for the gig tonight! Yay!