Cool New Way – Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani, Grace Potter, Willie Waldman: Cortez the Killer

Empower the Riff – Joe Satriani on Workshop Live

This is like 15 minutes long, so if you really want Joe without the bullshit you could buffer it and skip through to Joe with thre ssound effects.

Joe Satriani – Starry Night

This is longer than the version on the 2002 Strange , Beautiful Music album; the improv starts about 3.00 minutes in where the album version stops – very nice too.

see Satriani page here

Satriani sarcastically backs Coldplay as ‘Viva la Vida’ wins best song at Grammy’s


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Joe Satriani. Photo: Arnold/Wired linked from Rolling Stone

See Rolling Stone story here

Unpicking the Coldplay-Satriani dispute

Andrew Watson from Creative Guitar Studio analyses the two songs.

Joe Satriani – Why?

Turn up both speakers very loud and blast the neighbours with that solo!!!

Joe Satriani – Lights of Heavan

This is one of the best tracks from one of his best albums – Crystal Planet – but not included in the Electric Joe Satriani anthology, and I think not much played in public. Nor is the equally good Secret Prayer. I guess some songs are more difficult to reproduce live if they’re very multi-tracked guitarwise.

Click here for the album version. Click here for Secret Prayer

EMI get Coldplay/Satriani video banned

EMI, the record label for Coldplay, have leaned on YouTube to ban the video that compares Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida’ and Joe  Satriani’s  ‘If I Could Fly’.

Scroll down below to the appropriate post and you’ll see that the video is longer available because of a copyright complaint by EMI.

Satriani is sueing Coldplay for alleged plagiarism, saying that ‘Viva la Vida’ is essentially his song. There are many possible reasons for EMI to take this action. Two possible reasons are :

a) EMI really are seriously put out by ‘Viva la Vida’ being on YouTube and really don’t want to advertise their product this way.
b) EMI think that guy who posted the video comparing the two songs has got Coldplay ‘bang to rights’ ( as we say in the UK) and that his video is devastating proof of Coldplay’s plagiarism.

Guitarpower has of course no view on this matter. If you have, post a comment. 

You can be sure that Coldplay’s lawyers are working overtime on this. Two possible options for them could be:

a) Say we don’t admit to plagiarism, but sorry Joe if it sounded like your song, and here’s a big wadge of money to settle the whole thing.
b) Tough it out, run the risk of losing in court and really very bad publcity indeed, as well has having to pay the big wadge of money anyway.

Guitarpower has no view on this matter, but if you have – post a comment.

And here is Joe Satriani’s ‘If I Could Fly’ which his record company, Sony, have chosen not to ban.

Joe Satriani speaks about Coldplay lawsuit

A MusicRadar exclusive interview

Joe Bosso, Sun 7 Dec 2008, 9:58 pm UTC

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Joe Satriani spoke exclusively to MusicRadar about suing Coldplay 

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As previously reported on MusicRadar, Joe Satriani is suing Coldplay, claiming the UK band’s Grammy-nominated song Viva La Vida uses one of his melodies.

In court papers filed on 4 December 2008, Satriani’s legal team alleges Viva La Vida, the title track of Coldplay’s current album, copies “substantial original portions” of his song If I Could Fly.

Satriani’s song was included on his 2004 album Is There Love In Space?

Speaking exclusively to MusicRadar on 6 DecemberJoe Satriani recalls the exact emotion he felt when he first heard Coldplay’s Viva La Vida.

“The second I heard, I knew…”

“I felt like a dagger went right through my heart. It hurt so much,” Satriani says. “The second I heard it, I knew it was [my own] If I Could Fly.”

As it turned out, Satriani wasn’t the only one who noticed the similarity between If I Could Fly and Viva La Vida.

“Almost immediately, from the minute their song came out, my e-mail box flooded with people going, ‘Have you heard this song by Coldplay? They ripped you off man.’ I mean, I couldn’t tell you how many e-mails I received.

“Everybody noticed the similarities between the songs. It’s pretty obvious.”Joe Satriani

“Everybody noticed the similarities between the songs. It’s pretty obvious. It’s as simple as that – when you listen to a song and you say, ‘Wow, that’s a real rip-off.'”

What makes the situation especially painful for Satriani is that If I Could Fly isn’t just any song. It’s a composition he’d been laboring over for well over 10 years before he recorded it.

“I started writing it on the Flying In A Blue Dream tour back in 1990. But because of the way I write, sometimes songs take a while, as this one did. In 2003 I started demoing it in earnest. I played it on the acoustic guitar on a demo so I could sing the melody, then I demoed it on electric to get the sound. And the performance turned out to be so spontaneous, so right and so emotional, that it wound up being a keeper.”

Since If I Could Fly came out in 2004, Satriani has been gratified by the reaction it’s received from his fans, many of whom have called it one of his most captivating songs.

“That was the intent all along,” he says. “It was a love letter to my wife, Rubina – a simple, direct expression of feeling.

“That’s what really hurts about this whole thing. That I spent so long writing the song, thinking about it, loving it, nursing it, and then finally recording it and standing on stages the world over playing it – and then somebody comes along and plays the exact same song and calls it their own.”

“Coldplay didn’t want to talk about it. They just wanted this whole thing to go away.” Joe Satriani

Since it was announced on 4 December 2008 that Satriani is suing Coldplay for alleged plagiarism, seeking a jury trial and “any and all profits” connected to Viva La Vida, his life has been turned upside down.

“This has been the weirdest thing I’ve ever been involved in,” he says. “The media attention has been bizarre and surreal. I really can’t explain how I’ve felt over the past day or two.”

“I did everything I could to avoid a court case”

Satriani stresses that his motives are ruled by artistic purity and an overriding sense of right and wrong.

“Everybody’s assumes I’m trying to go after these guys in Coldplay, as if I’m doing this with malice,” he says “That’s the furthest thing from my mind. I’m just doing what I need to do as an artist, to protect what’s mine, to protect those feelings I put down in song.

“I did everything I could to avoid a court case with this situation. But Coldplay didn’t want to talk about it. They just wanted this whole thing to go away. Maybe they figured this little guitar player guy will leave them alone after a while, I don’t know.

“But we’re talking about a piece of art that I created, and that’s something I feel is important. I think everybody should feel that way.”

And now, Satriani’s team will ask a jury to decide.
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