G3 2012 dates annouced: Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Steve Lukather

Satriani, Vai and Lukather: G3 for 2012

Since 1996, guitar fans have found their own kind of nirvana in G3, a concert tour organized by Joe Satriani that features him and two other guitarists - Steve Vai is the most frequent co-star - playing separate sets before teaming up for a three-way extravaganza.

It's been several years since the tour's last run (2007's dates were in North America and saw Satriani going toe-to-toe-to-toe with John Petrucci and Paul Gilbert), but the good news - for those Down Under, at least - is that 2012 will be another G3 year.

Just announced are a series of dates in New Zealand and Australia for March 2012, which will feature the G3 triple bill of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Steve Lukather. The show is said to last two and a half hours, and we have a feeling that some fairly decent guitar playing (oh, OK, it'll be mind-blowing!) will take place during that time.

Pre-sale tickets are already on sale, along with VIP packages that include a 30-minute Q&A with Satch and Va. Click here for more information.

G3 dates for 2012

24 March 2012 Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand
25 March 2012
Logan Campbell Centre, Greenlane Auckland, New Zealand
27 March 2012
Royal Theatre, Canberra, Australia
30 March 2012
Hordern Pavillion, Sydney, Australia
31 March 2012
Palais Theatre, St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia
03 April 2012
Festival Theatre, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
05 April 2012
Convention Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
06 April 2012
Byron Bay Bluesfest, Byron Bay, Australia

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.