Greetings from South America!

Greetings from South America!

Felicitations! Hope you’re doing well, campers.

a box of human eyesPresently I’m on the South American Satriani tour. We just did the second show of the tour here in Bogota (I’m looking out my hotel window above). The first was a couple of nights ago in Mexico City (where the first thing we saw upon arrival was a box of human eyes at the airport).

The shows have been great so far. Joe, Marco, Bryan and I have a great time onstage and the audiences have been fantastic. If you can make it to any of the next batch of shows, please do. The details are tucked neatly away elsewhere in this missive, as well as information about the New Zealand/Australia/Singapore leg starting in late October.

Right before we leave for New Zealand, I’ll be playing with Dethklok (our first gig in two years!) at Festival Supreme on Saturday, October 25, an epic day of music and comedy hosted by Tenacious D. Dethklok are headlining an amazing lineup of acts (including the reunion of The State, Cheech and Chong, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, Maria Bamford [whose new-ish comedy special is outrageously good], Drunk History live and way, way more). It’s at the Shrine Expo Hall and Grounds in Los Angeles. All info is at www.festivalsupreme.com.

Dancing DemosIf you haven’t downloaded Dancing Demos maybe you should! It’s a snazzy little release. Oh if you already did download it, there was a piece of information missing from the initial version of the digital booklet that comes with it. A bit of poking around on my very own website revealed something I’d forgotten – the piano/vocal demo for “I Was Not Ready For You” was actually recorded at Signature Sound in 1999 during the Nonkertompf sessions, engineered by Mike Harris. The other eight demos were recorded at Chatfield Manor the following year, engineered by Scott Chatfield. The digital booklet has been re-designed to include this vital information.

Work on Scambot 2 marches boldly forward. A lot of new writing and recording took place recently and I’m messing around on the laptop with stuff while I’m on the road. I won’t mention song titles of the new stuff since it’s all likely to change. But it’s all shaping up to be an interesting continuation of the Scambot saga, of a piece with the first installment but very much its own beast. Scambot 1 was of course very dense and intricate, and a major component of the entire three-volume work is the idea that, sonically, things get clearer and less cluttered as it proceeds. So Scambot 2 represents the mid-way point of that process. I think you’ll be surprised and hopefully entertained by the way it all turns out and I’m eager to continue recording later this year.

We’re also working very hard on live dates for my band in Europe in 2015. Planning is very much in progress so I won’t say too much at this point, but if it all pans out the way we’re hoping it’s going to be great. More on all this as soon as things (hopefully) become official.

I have to get ready for our flight to Santiago now. Take care, please stay in touch with me via Facebook and Twitter, and check out keneally.com and radiokeneally.com whenever you get a chance. Thanks for hanging in with me through all the twists and turns of my career all these years. I really appreciate it!

Pet a dog,

Mike


JOE SATRIANI TOUR
Unstoppable Momentum World Tour 2014

(Joe Satriani, Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller, Marco Minnemann)

The Satriani Band

Sep 20 – Metropolitan Theatre – Mexico City, MX
Sep 23 – Parque Salitre Magico – Bogota, CO
Sep 25 – Movistar Arena – Santiago, CL
Sep 27 – Gran Rex Theatre – Buenos Aires, AR
Sep 28 – Gran Rex Theatre – Buenos Aires, AR
Oct 01 – Citi Bank Hall – Sao Paulo, BR
Oct 03 – Net Live Brasilia – Brasilia, BR
Oct 05 – Agora Casa de Cultura – Quito, EC CANCELLED

Nov 01 – ASB Theatre – Auckland, NZ
Nov 02 – The Opera House – Wellington, NZ
Nov 04 – The Tivoli – Brisbane, AU
Nov 06 – State Theatre – Sydney, AU
Nov 08 – Palais Theatre – Melbourne, AU
Nov 09 – Her Majesty’s Theatre – Adelaide, AU
Nov 11 – Astor Theatre – Perth, AU
Nov 13 – Star Theatre – Singapore, SG

MK on the road with Satch, Bryan Beller & Marco Minnemann

Sep 20 – Metropolitan Theatre – Mexico City, MX
Sep 23 – Parque Salitre Magico – Bogota, CO
Sep 25 – Movistar Arena – Santiago, CL
Sep 27 – Gran Rex Theatre – Buenos Aires, AR
Sep 28 – Gran Rex Theatre – Buenos Aires, AR
Oct 01 – Citi Bank Hall – Sao Paulo, BR
Oct 03 – Net Live Brasilia – Brasilia, BR
Oct 05 – Agora Casa de Cultura – Quito, EC CANCELLED

Nov 01 – ASB Theatre – Auckland, NZ
Nov 02 – The Opera House – Wellington, NZ
Nov 04 – The Tivoli – Brisbane, AU
Nov 06 – State Theatre – Sydney, AU
Nov 08 – Palais Theatre – Melbourne, AU
Nov 09 – Her Majesty’s Theatre – Adelaide, AU
Nov 11 – Astor Theatre – Perth, AU
Nov 13 – Star Theatre – Singapore, SG

Mike debuts Dancing Demos download!

Dancing Demos download

Greetings from scenic Rapperswil, Switzerland! Heading onstage with Satriani in a little bit. This has been a wonderful tour so far, I hope some of you in Europe have been able to see a show or plan to see one in the coming month.

This is a quick note to let you know we’ve made a new downloadable album available – Dancing Demos. This is a nine-song, 37-minute collection of the demos I recorded in 2000 to distribute to the members of Beer For Dolphins, prior to beginning the rehearsals for the album Dancing.

I did these demos, with Scott Chatfield engineering, at Chatfield Manor. These are extremely stripped down, but they aren’t just one-man, live on-the-spot renditions – some songs have both guitar and keyboard parts on them, and there are some vocal harmonies present as well. Some of the tracks feature some spoken instructions as to what I’m thinking about different parts of the songs (eg. the “Stravinsky” section of “Lhai Sal”) and some additional music, chordal approaches and melodic ideas that didn’t make it into the final versions.

Scott found these essentially lost recordings a few months ago, and I had exactly zero recollection of having made them! I find them to be rewarding listening, and they actually reminded me of some of my original and subsequently abandoned musical ideas that I’d like to re-institute the next time I approach these pieces for performance.

The download also features an 8-page digital booklet, handsomely designed by Atticus Wolrab, featuring newly written liner notes, as well as a letter I wrote to the members of BFD at the time (which accompanied the CD of these demos which I sent to them). The letter is a good window into my mental processes at the time regarding what Dancing was supposed to become (including the listing of a running order which is quite different from what eventually happened).

All in all, a rewarding archeological dig for aficionados. And a mere seven bucks for an album length download (back when albums were forty minutes long, more or less). I hope you enjoy the holy heck out of it!

La Cathedrale de Strasbourg,

Mike


JOE SATRIANI TOUR

Satriani BandI’m back on the road with Joe Satriani, Bryan Beller and Marco Minnemann for a spate of gigs for a few weeks across Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand. If you weren’t able to catch us on the road last year, I hope you’ll be able to make it to a gig this time around. There will be more touring later in the year. I’m excited to get back on the mighty Satch steamroller and really looking forward to this year’s gigs:

Unstoppable Momentum World Tour 2014
(Joe Satriani, Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller, Marco Minnemann)

Jul 12 – Teatro Axerquia – Cordoba, ES
Jul 14 – Grec Theatre – Barcelona, ES
Jul 19 – Festival de Carcassone – Carcassone, FR
Jul 20 – Crazy Week!! The Nice Pop Rock Festival – Nice, FR
Jul 23 – Salle de Etoiles – Monte Carlo, MC (Joe Satriani as the guest of Marcus Miller, no Keneally, Beller or Minnemann)
Jul 24 – Theatre de Verdure – Patrimonio, FR
Jul 26 – Palais de Longchamp (OUTDOORS) – Marseille, FR
Jul 28 – Chapiteau (TENT) – Marciac, FR

Aug 11-15: THE G4 EXPERIENCE

G4 Experience

I, along with Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert and Andy Timmons, will be diving deep into all aspects of guitar playing at The G4 Experience this August at the Cambria Pines Lodge in California. I will relish the opportunity to explore all the facets of my musicianship and share it with everyone there. I suspect I’ll be learning a lot about myself in the process! The location looks to be heavenly as well – I’m looking forward to everything about this.

Sep 20 – Metropolitan Theatre – Mexico City, MX
Sep 23 – Parque Salitre Magico – Bogota, CO
Sep 25 – Movistar Arena – Santiago, CL
Sep 27 – Gran Rex Theatre – Buenos Aires, AR
Sep 28 – Gran Rex Theatre – Buenos Aires, AR
Oct 01 – Citi Bank Hall – Sao Paulo, BR
Oct 03 – Net Live Brasilia – Brasilia, BR
Oct 05 – Agora Casa de Cultura – Quito, EC
Nov 01 – ASB Theatre – Auckland, NZ
Nov 02 – The Opera House – Wellington, NZ
Nov 04 – The Tivoli – Brisbane, AU
Nov 06 – State Theatre – Sydney, AU
Nov 08 – Palais Theatre – Melbourne, AU
Nov 09 – Her Majesty’s Theatre – Adelaide, AU
Nov 11 – Astor Theatre – Perth, AU