Joe Satriani Admits He Wasn’t The Right Guy For Mick Jagger’s Band

Chickenfoot guitarist Joe Satriani recently spoke about playing in Mick Jagger’s band and stated that he didn’t think he was the right person to join him at the time. However, the musician said he tried and nailed his role as the lead guitarist over time.

Joe Satriani gained a reputation as the guitar teacher of many iconic rock and roll names, including Steve Vai, Kirk Hammett, and Alex Skolnick. He initially formed his career around teaching and later started creating solo work, selling over ten million albums and becoming one of the most successful guitarists in the world. He also had ventured with the best-known rock stars in the industry.

He worked with Deep Purple after Ritchie Blackmore left, and he is currently the guitarist of the supergroup Chickenfoot since 2008. In 1988, the guitarist also had the chance to join the Rolling Stones’ icon Mick Jagger’s first solo tour, and he hit the road with him. However, at the time, he didn’t feel very secure and thought that he didn’t fit in Jagger’s band.

Satriani thought it wouldn’t work out because he wasn’t the right guy for it. He didn’t have hope, especially after hitting a block in his career and losing money. Still, his ventures with Jagger helped him develop his career and gave him experience thanks to working with an excellent star for his performances later on.

Here is how Satriani told the story:

“So, I’m sitting there thinking like, ‘Okay, how am I going to get around this? Because this is not working out.’ Even though the record’s hot on the charts, and we’re getting calls from MTV, I still can’t get a theater gig that would help pay for the bus, salaries, and everything. And I got a call from a former agent who said, ‘Hey, how would you like to go audition for Mick Jagger’s solo band?’

We laughed for about a minute because we knew that I wasn’t the right guy for it. But, you got to go, right? You just got to check it out. And so I went to NYC, I had a gig there, at The Bottom Line, really, really small place, teeny stage with a pole, typical little club. And we had sold out two nights, two shows a night, and they only gave us one fruit basket; by the way, I always like to point that out.

Anyway, before I landed in NYC, the day before I did the audition, I got the gig. I invite Mick to come and play at the show, just as a joke, just to come and jam. He says, ‘Yes,’ he shows up, and to the shock of everybody there, he jumps on stage, and he does ‘Red House’ with us. It was amazing. Things did start to change from there. Number one, I was able to cancel the rest of my dates, which was great because we were losing money.”

You can watch the interview below.