Joe Satriani Explains The Common Trait Of Mick Jagger, Sammy Hagar, And Ian Gillan

Joe Satriani recently joined The Mitch Lafon and Jeremy White Show for an interview during which he talked about the trait Mick Jagger, Sammy Hagar, and Ian Gillan have in common.

Back in 1988, Mick Jagger recruited Joe Satriani as the lead guitarist for his first solo tour to play the Keith Richards’ guitar parts. At that time, Jagger refused to tour with the Stones to support the 1986 ‘Dirty Work’ album, went on releasing his second solo effort ‘Primitive Cool,’ and launched a tour to support it.

In November 1993, Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple, and Satriani joined the band shortly after his departure as a replacement. He toured with Deep Purple during their Japanese tour, and the concerts ended up being a success. So, the band asked Satriani to join, but he declined as he had just signed a solo deal with Sony.

On May 29, 2008, Satriani joined the supergroup Chickenfoot, consisting of Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, and Chad Smith. Together, they released their eponymous debut album on June 5, 2009, and a second album on September 27, 2011. As of now, Satriani continues working with Hagar’s band.

In an interview with The Mitch Lafon and Jeremy White Show, Joe Satriani revealed his thoughts about Mick Jagger, Sammy Hagar, and Ian Gillan. As a guitarist who worked with them, Satriani said they are special people with a unique talent of being able to light up a room with their talking, singing, and personality, and it doesn’t matter how many people are there to watch them at that moment.

During the conversation, Joe Satriani said the following:

“It’s a privilege when you get to play on stage, and stand with the band and watch somebody like Greg [Kihn] work an audience every night. I mean, I’ve been on stage with Mick Jagger, Sammy Hagar, and Ian Gillan from Deep Purple, who also do that.

These are very special people with this very unique talent — they got great voices, they have this personality where they can just light up a room. Doesn’t matter if it’s five people, fifty thousand, or a hundred thousand — they can take control of it just by looking at people, talking, and singing.

You can watch the full interview below.