Livestream Preview: Rock for Relief @ RockForRelief.Net, 7/3/20

Lzzy Hale fronts Halestorm at the UMBC Event Center in Baltimore, Maryland, on July 31, 2018. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

A traditional 4th of July holiday weekend is filled with food, fireworks, and music. And even though much of the country is still shut down due to the pandemic, music will still play a large part in the celebrations.

This year, many of rock’s top artists are coming together on Friday, July 3, to help kick off the holiday weekend with Rock for Relief, a virtual benefit to help raise money and awareness for Feeding America. Presented by United Stations Media Network and Storic Media Podcast Network, the online show is hosted by Lou Brutus and Riki Rachtman, with interviews conducted by Alice Cooper and guitar great Joe Satriani. The show premiers at 8pm ET, and replays at 11pm ET, on Rock for Relief’s website.

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Music Park: Joe Satriani @ Lincoln Theatre — 4/2/16

Joe Live - photo credit Jon LuiniClassic Joe Satriani (Photo Credit: Jon Luini)

For nearly two hours and 45 minutes, Joe Satriani took the rapt Lincoln Theatre audience on a sonic journey of rock guitar riffs and solo jams that mirrored the theme of his newest album, Shockwave Supernova. He styled the tour as From Surfing to Shockwave.

Joe started nicely with the new album’s self-titled song, which fired the crowd up. Days before, I had caught the Living Colour show at the Howard Theatre and between the two shows, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many middle-aged men grinning from ear to ear and moving like they could dance. (They can’t. And fine, don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of women and young people too, but they didn’t grin as big…)

Many of his song titles spark the imagination, describing space-age out-of-this world locations and adventures, like “Crystal Planet”, “If I Could Fly” and “Surfing With the Alien”.

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Don’t Miss: Joe Satriani @ Lincoln Theatre, 4/2/16

Joe SatrianiJoe Satriani or Shockwave Supernova? (Photo Credit: MAD Ink PR)

Joe Satriani swoops into Washington, DC on April 2nd, bringing his classic brand of instrumental guitar anthems to the Lincoln Theatre.

Joe’s tour, titled “From Surfing to Shockwave”, is in support of his latest release and 15th full-length album (2015), Shockwave Supernova.

The album and much of his work from 1986 onward, is about listeners being transported to new worlds. Since his songs have no lyrics, those worlds you have to discover for yourself. As the mood strikes you.

The album’s title song, “Shockwave Supernova”, opens the concept album with frenetic urgency, and begins a journey of the titular character (or as Joe describes his alter ego) over 15 bold songs. The video depicts a passage through the cosmos with pulsing sound and light.

“On Peregrine Wings” could be the sweeping score of an epic sword and sorcery film, such as Highlander or Time Bandits. (Or any other strange science fiction movie Sean Connery starred in…)


Although I haven’t kept up with Joe Satriani’s recent releases (he also plays on the band, Chickenfoot), I did play the sheen off of his 1995 self-titled album, Joe Satriani. One of my personal ‘Top 100’ songs of all-time (if such a thing could ever truly exist…), was the 7th song, “Home”. It found its way on many a mixed tape, curated for long road trips.

You don’t want to miss the chance to experience one of the finest guitarists in music (and teacher of many more). Get your tickets here.

Buy and learn more about Shockwave Supernova here.

Joe Satriani
Lincoln Theatre
Saturday, April 2
Doors @ 6:30pm (Show @ 8:00pm)
All ages