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The 2003 incarnation of Joe Satriani’s popular G3 tour will kick off on October 9th at the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, AZ and continue across the US, ending in late November (more dates TBA). Having achieved tremendous success and critical praise in their own careers, this tour will mark the first time the three influential guitarists have joined forces on the same stage. Continuing with the same successful formula as in years past, fans will be treated to individual sets by each guitarist with their own bands before joining Joe Satriani and his band on stage for an all-star jam session.


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“It’s always great to get out and play with Steve and adding Yngwie to this year’s tour will definitely kick our jam sessions up a notch or two!  I’m looking forward to hitting the road!” exclaimed Satriani.

In the April 2003 issue of Guitar World Magazine, recordings from all three of these guitar gods were highlighted in the magazine’s “100 Essential Guitars Albums” special poll.  Malmsteen’s Rising Force (1984) clocked in at # 3 just behind Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix, while Joe Satriani’s double-platinum Surfing With The Alien (1987) came in at # 4 and Vai’s critically acclaimed Passion And Warfare (1990) came in at # 6.

This fall, Epic will release the critically acclaimed The Satch Tapes on DVD.  First released in January 1992 on VHS, this marks the first time it will be available on DVD. Satriani is currently writing and recording material for a new album, due out in Spring 2004.  Steve Vai’s next project will be a 2-hour live DVD shot at the famed Astoria Theatre in London, also set for release this fall. Included in the DVD will be live performances of 20 songs plus bonus features.  This fall will also find Malmsteen domestically releasing Attack!!, his 22nd solo album.   Originally available in Europe and Asia only, Attack!! has garnered much critical acclaim overseas.

The lineup for the first-ever G3 tour in 1996 featured Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Eric Johnson.  A DVD with performance highlights from that tour was subsequently released and has since been certified platinum. In 1997, Satriani and Vai again reunited adding Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Robert Fripp to the bill.  In May 1998 the tour headed over to Europe where Satriani was joined by Uli Jon Roth and former Scorpions guitarist Michael Schenker.  The 2001 G3 tour featured the team of Satriani and Vai again, this time adding John Petrucci of Dream Theater.

As with previous G3 tours, special guest guitarists will be invited to join the jam at select dates around the country.  Past guests have included Neal Schon, Gary Hoey, George Lynch, Billy Gibbons and Brian May.

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