from the vault
Joe Satriani at KCT in 2011
this concert almost never even happened
by Miles Overn - January 7, 2011
Uncovering gems from the eiKelowna Music Vault
How is it the show almost didn't go on? Well, Kelowna is in a valley, and valleys are between mountians, and in the mountains in the winter in Canada, snow happens!
Looking Back - I, like every guitar player in town, had been anticipating this show for weeks. Satriani remains one of those "guitar gods" whom all players revere and stand in awe of.
A glance around the lobby before the show and it was obvious that pretty much every good guitarist in town was there to listen and to pay homage.
I had been in contact with his publicist weeks earlier and had received a copy of his "Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards" CD to do a review of. Having spent some serious time listening to the disc, I was stoked at the opportunity to connect before the show and
then shoot the first 3 songs before taking my seat to do a review.
The news had come in the afternoon that Satriani's bus was caught behind an avalance in the Canadian Rockies. As in on the wrong side of the snow. Doubts were being raised about whether or not they would make it to town in time to do a show.
Long story short, they made it. Barely. Load in and sound check and other logistical issues meant the chance to meet and talk before the show was gone. However, the performance he and his band put on didn't even provide a hint that anything
out of the ordinary had taken place on the way there. Total professionalism.
Read the review below. See if it brings back some memories for you if you were there. Satriani burned the place down to the ground. We wouldn't see anything approaching this concert from a guitar slinging perspective until Steve Vai rolled
into town half a decade later
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NOTE - The COVID-19 pandemic and the provincial state of emergency delcaration have put a hold on live music performances in Kelowna and across BC. As restrictions loosen and live events start getting booked again,
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