Joe Satriani tour dates revealed

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All-round guitar god Joe Satriani has announced that he'll be playing a series of UK gigs later on this year. Of late, Satch has been devoting much of his energies to making rock 'n' roll supergroup Chickenfoot one of the hottest bands around, so it'll be exciting to see the Professor take centre stage again.

What makes this new seven-date outing even better is that support comes from Simon McBride, the great Northern Irish blues guitarist who you may be familiar with from his demos for PRS Guitars and his debut album Rich Man Falling.

The confirmed dates are:

Sunday 17th October - Manchester Apollo

0844 477 7677 / 0161 832 1111

Monday 18th October - Bristol Colston Hall

0117 922 3686

Tuesday 19th October - London HMV Hammersmith Apollo

0844 844 4748 / 0207 434 2222

Thursday 21st October - Newcastle City Hall

0191 261 2606 / 0191 263 5000

Friday 22nd October - Glasgow Clyde Auditorium

0844 395 4000 / 0141 222 2211

Saturday 23rd October - Birmingham Symphony Hall

0121 780 3333 / 0121 357 0000

Simon Bradley is a guitar and especially rock guitar expert who worked for Guitarist magazine and has in the past contributed to world-leading music and guitar titles like MusicRadar (obviously), Guitarist, Guitar World and Louder. What he doesn't know about Brian May's playing and, especially, the Red Special, isn't worth knowing.