Electric guitar legend Joe Satriani is releasing his 14th studio album, Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards, on October 5. With over 10 million album sales and 15 Grammy nominations to him name, Satriani’s upcoming release is certainly an anticipated one. R&RR’s very own Aaron Kupferberg recently had the chance to talk to Satriani about the new record, everything to do with guitars and Chickenfoot – Satriani’s band with Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony of Van Halen and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Q: I wanted to ask, since we both grew up on Long Island, you went to Carle Place High School, right?
A: Yeah, Carle Place High School.
Q: Do you remember the name of your very first band in high school?
A: Yes, the very first band was called “Mephistopheles” and it was quickly followed by a band called “Tarsus.”
Q: What type of music did you play?
A: We were doing Black Sabbath, Stones, Zeppelin, The Doors and Spirit. I attended St. Bridget’s Catholic School till they threw me out, [then] I attended Carle Place High School.