Joe Satriani Says ‘My Rock God Is Mick Jagger Of Rolling Stones’ And Explains Why

In a recent interview with BBC Radio, the well-known guitarist Joe Satriani talked about the rock musician that he is inspired by the most, The Rolling Stones icon Mick Jagger, and shared the rarely known story of the time when he auditioned for Jagger’s band more than 30 years ago.

As you may know, back in 1988, The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger did his first solo tour and he recruited the legendary rock musician and songwriter, Joe Satriani, as the lead guitarist. In addition to his performances with Jagger, Satriani worked as a guitar instructor for various famous musicians, including Steve Vai, Kirk Hammett, Alex Skolnick, and many more.

Recently, the 15-time Grammy Award nominee Joe Satriani joined a conversation with BBC Radio and answered questions about the biggest influences on his music career throughout the years. In his response, Joe immediately stated that Mick Jagger is his rock god and revealed a 32-year-old story about his relationship with The Rolling Stones icon.

According to Satriani’s rarely known story, around 30 years ago, when he just started o his career, he ended up doing an audition for Mick Jagger’s solo band. Apparently, after the audition, Jagger asked Joe to join him for his solo tour. However, Satriani had one little request from The Rolling Stones singer before they left for the tour, which was about him to jam with his band for a couple of nights.

Here is what Joe Satriani stated about Mick Jagger and his impact on his music:

My rock god is Mick Jagger. Now, you’re probably thinking – well I’m doing this for the BBC so of course, I’m gonna pick a British icon. But really, I gotta say, the story is really right out of rock ‘n’ roll history – rock ‘n’ roll fantasy maybe.

Let’s go back 30-years-plus – 32 years – I had just got started on my career, I didn’t know what I was doing. My very first tour to support my second full-length guitar instrumental album, 1987’s ‘Surfing With the Alien.’

And I’m out there, I’m on the East Coast of the US, it turns out Bill Graham is promoting and taking care of Mick Jagger, who is in New York City, has been there for months, putting together his first solo tour.

And of course I jump at the chance to do a little audition for Jagger’s solo band and then he just turns to me and says, ‘Hey man, join the band, we’d love to have you.’ And of course, I said yes. And I just remember hearing the words come out of my mouth, I said, ‘Hey Mick, why don’t you come and jump on stage when I play the Bottom Line club in two nights. I couldn’t believe I asked him that but he said, ‘Yeah, sure, I’ll be there – what time?'”

Furthermore, Satriani stated that he had to give some bad and good news to his band at the time; the bad was that they had to postpone their tour since he would be touring with Mick Jagger, and the good one was that Mick was going to join them for their last couple of performances. Joe also mentioned that he was lucky to personally experience the power of Jagger’s magnetism when he accepted to jam with his band at the Bottom Line club.

“I went back to the guys in the band and I said, ‘Well, you know, here’s the bad news – the bad news is our tour is suspended because I’m going out with Mick Jagger. And the good news is – Mick’s going to come and jam with us at the Bottom Line in a couple of nights.

So sure enough, he jumps on stage at the Bottom Line – a really small club but really cool place to play in Manhattan. Man, the crowd just went crazy. And that was the first time that I really realized and experienced firsthand the power of his magnetism, his talent for summoning all parts of his musical personality and making it available for everybody out there.

Just opening his heart and his musical soul to whatever audience he was in front of. And again, the Bottom Line is a small club with a teeny stage, and he just ran up there just like a kid who wanted to have a good time.

It was such a great moment I never saw anybody so dedicated to making his audience feel welcome and to give them an amazing time. I always give him a great rock ‘n’ roll show. So I would say Mick Jagger is definitely my rock god.”

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