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For Joe Satriani, anxiety leads to creativity

of the Oakland Press

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When rock virtuoso Joe Satriani makes a solo album, he’s usually “surrounded by anxiety.” And it was no different with his latest effort, “Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards.”

“I know I start every project wondering if it’s all going to come together or not, and you never know,” says Satriani, 54, who’s also played with Mick Jagger and Deep Purple and is currently also a member of the all-star group Chickenfoot. “Every time a day goes by and you write a new song or you successfully complete arranging one you’ve already written, it’s a big deal. You take this big step forward towards completing the project.”

“Black Swans” came out in October, but Satriani acknowledges that he “didn’t get a handle on this (album) until late May, when I was really late handing over demos to the guys. But all of a sudden it sort of came together, and I felt really pleased with how it was going. Up until then it was really up in the air, though.”

The album did debut at No. 45 on the Billboard 200, Satriani’s best chart showing since 1992. He’s been touring to support it this fall, but he’s also been working on a second Chickenfoot album with Sammy Hagar, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith and former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, which the group hopes to release in 2011.

“We’d like to get he basics done in that late January/early February period and then ... maybe be ready for a March delivery,” Satriani says. “It’s not different than it was last time; It was insane trying to put it together, and I believe it will be just as crazy this time. But I’m sure it will work out, and if anything it makes us more appreciative of the time we do get to play with each other.”

Joe Satriani and Ned Everett & Triple Double perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $35.25-79.75. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

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