Joe Satriani U.K./Europe Tour, Followed By Aristocrats 2nd Album Release & U.S. Summer Tour

This is one of those times where I just look at my life and go, huh? Me? Uh, OK. Really, I’m not kidding about that. Because when I spell out what I’m about to spell out, it’s hard to put into words just how grateful I am for it all.

Here are the big headlines:

* Joe Satriani has invited me to join him for his tour of the U.K. and Europe this May/June/July. Also in the band are Marco Minnemann and Mike Keneally (!!);

* The Aristocrats’ second studio album, tentatively titled Culture Clash, is targeted for a July 16 release;

The Aristocrats will tour the U.S. this summer (July/August) in support of the new album.

Yeah. Whoa.

I’ll list the tour dates for both at the end of this missive, but first I wanted to at least get my thoughts down for the record on all of this. And I hope you’ll forgive me for not including a bunch of links in this blast – it just takes more time and I want to get this up as soon as possible.

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ABOUT SATRIANI

First, the Satriani thing came as a total surprise. His camp reached out to me on the last day of the Aristocrats second album sessions, a week-long 14-hours-a-day affair, so the surreality of it was magnified by my exhaustion. There were some difficult scheduling issues to work out, and they were gracious enough to make it all work somehow. Then, once we firmed it all up – and not until then – I found out that Marco Minnemann was going to be the drummer! Add in Mike Keneally on keys, and for those in the know, it’s Joe Satriani with the KMB lineup as his backing band. Hard to believe, but there you go.

Needless to say, I am extremely honored and grateful to Joe Satriani for thinking of me for this tour, and I really, really look forward to rocking stages across Europe and the U.K. on his Unstoppable Momentum tour. Man, it’s going to be fun.

ABOUT THE ARISTOCRATS

The Satriani news is amazing for both Marco and I (and let’s not forget about Guthrie Govan touring with Steven Wilson this spring and summer as well!), but believe you me, that does NOT mean The Aristocrats are slowing down any. To the contrary, it’s made us more determined to get our second album done and get on the road to promote it with a U.S. Summer Tour. We’re working furiously on mixing and tweaking the record to make it sound all nice and special, plus artwork, bonus content, etc.

The way the scheduling worked out, which was a minor miracle, it looks like this: The Satriani UK/Europe tour runs from May 15 to July 14. Then, The Aristocrats U.S. Tour starts immediately afterwards, running from July 17 to August 28.

Looking at all that, we’re shooting to release The Aristocrats’ second album – probably called Culture Clash – on July 16.

So it looks like I’d better make sure my suitcase is packed, because, you know, this:

Joe Satriani “Unstoppable Momentum” 2013 U.K./Europe Tour
Featuring: Joe Satriani (gtr), Mike Keneally (keys/gtr),
Bryan Beller (bass), and Marco Minnemann (drums)

5/18 KucukCiftlik Park Istanbul, TR
5/20 Sala Palatului Bucharest, RO
5/22 Tvornica Kulture Zagreb, HR
5/24 Sava Centar Belgrade, SRB
5/25 Cvetlicarna Ljubljana, SI
5/26 Velvet Rock Club Rimini, IT
5/28 Palapartenope Napoli, IT
5/29 Atlantico Live Roma, IT
5/30 Live Club Milano, IT
5/31 Obihall Firenze, IT
6/1 Gran Teatro Geox Padova, IT
6/3 Grand Rex Paris, FR
6/4 Cirque Royal Brussels, BE
6/5 O13 Tilburg, NL
6/6 De Ooosterpoort Groningen, NL
6/8 02 Apollo Manchester, England GB
6/9 Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, Scotland GB
6/10 City Hall Newcastle, England GB
6/11 Philharmonic Hall Liverpool, England GB
6/12 Colston Hall Bristol, England GB
6/13 Civic Hall Wolverhampton, England GB
6/15 City Hall Sheffield, England GB
6/16 Guildhall Portsmouth, England GB
6/17 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London, England GB
6/18 indogO2 London, England GB
6/20 Capitol Hannover, DE
6/21 Jovel Music Hall Münster, DE
6/22 Fabrik Hamburg, DE
6/23 Columbiahalle Berlin, DE
6/24 Haus Auensee Leipzig, DE
6/26 Serenadenhof Nürnberg, DE
6/27 E Werk Köln Cologne, DE
6/28 Phönix-Halle Mainz Mainz, DE
6/29 Theaterhaus Stuttgart, DE
6/30 Tonhalle Munich, DE
7/2 Big Box Kempton, DE
7/3 Gasometer Vienna, AT
7/4 Loket Amphitheatre Loket, CZ
7/6 Stodola Warsaw, PL
7/9 A2 St. Petersburg, RU
7/10 Moscow Arena Moscow, RU
7/12 KSK Express Rostov-on-Don, RU
7/13 Arena Hall Krasnodar, RU

and then this, with the caveat that this tour is still in the process of being booked…but I thought it was worth it anyway to share with you what we know right now. Needless to say, some of this could change!

The Aristocrats “Culture Clash”
Summer 2013 U.S. Tour
(booking in progress)

7/17 – Nashville TN – Douglas Corner
7/19 – Tampa FL – Brass Mug
7/20 – Orlando FL – TBA
7/21 – Jacksonville FL – 1904 Music Hall
7/23 – Atlanta GA – Atlanta Institute of Music (clinic/performance)
7/24 – Atlanta GA – (venue) TBA
7/25 – Charlotte NC – Tremont Music Hall
7/26 – Norfolk VA – TBA
7/27 – Washington DC – TBA
7/29 – Boston MA – Berklee College of Music (clinic)
7/30 – Boston MA – Berklee Performance Center (concert)
7/31 – Wilkes-Barre PA – TBA
8/1 – New York City NY – TBA
8/2 – Philadelphia PA – North Star Bar
8/3 – Dunellen NJ – New Jersey Proghouse
8/6 – Pittsburgh PA – TBA
8/7 – Cleveland OH – Beachland Tavern
8/8 – Columbus OH - Rumba Café
8/9 – Cincinnati OH – Southgate House Revival
8/10 – Charleston WV – Empty Glass
8/12 – Indianapolis IN – TBA (clinic)
8/13 – Indianapolis IN – Birdy’s
8/14 – Chicago IL – Reggie’s
8/15 – Madison WI – Brink Lounge
8/16 – Minneapolis MN – TBA
8/17 – Omaha NE – TBA
8/19 – St. Louis MO – 2720 Cherokee
8/20 – Lawrence KS – TBA
8/21 – Tulsa OK – TBA|
8/23 – Denton TX – Dan’s Silverleaf
8/24 – San Antonio TX – TBA
8/25 – Houston TX – TBA

I really don’t know what else to say about all this, other than, apparently it is my destiny to play with really good guitarists. That’s more than fine with me.

Finally, I know this is WesFest week, and there’s the Mike Keneally UK/Europe tour coming right up. I don’t want anyone to forget about that, and I’ll get back to that next week. But seeing as how the news about Satriani was tearing across the interwebs, I thought I should weigh in officially. And now I have.

See you…somewhere?

BB

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