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Satriani chimes in

Joe Satriani was interviewed for Sonic Perspectives, and there were several purple-related questions — whether he was expecting a call from his former bandmates to replace Steve Morse, would it be more difficult to play Morse’s music as opposed to Blackmore’s, and if he is going to do an album or tour together with Glenn Hughes. (Spoilers: no, yes, and not likely).

Thanks to Ultimate Guitar for the info.

28 Comments to “Satriani chimes in”:

  1. 1
    Gregster says:

    LOL ! Thank-you admin for the spoilers, very-much appreciated, though I really like Satch, & will make the time soon to listen to what he actually does say on these matters.

    Chickenfoot, 3G & other assemblies does beckon the question about Glenn hooking-up with Satch, but I could possibly see a better match & music being made with the likes of Geddy Lee myself, especially since Satch’s stuff is mostly creative instrumental music, that’s very well done…And if Ian Paice was to join-in,….

    Peace !

  2. 2
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Lord Voldemort has – very unjustly so, anyone wishing to free the world of that scourge Harry Potter can’t be entirely bad in my book – suffered from some bad press in the past, but he’s a mighty fine guitar player!


    An album of Joe and Glenn doing music WITH vocals would sure be interesting to hear. I liked Joe’s work with Chickenfoot. I also wasn’t aware that Glenn had been in line to tour with G3 – which should put all of you to shame who think he’s anything less than an excellent bass player. Glenn jumping ship in the last minute does sound familiar though.

    Interesting take on Steve Morse. I never thought about it that way, but yes Steve Morse is hard to copy (too). You can play the right notes in the right sequence at the same speed and yet there is still something uniquely Steve Morse about Steve Morse. He’s a very idiosyncratic guitarist and that somehow was forgotten during his tenure with DP and the lingering complaint “he doesn’t sound like Ritchie at all” which unfortunately did become a chip on his shoulder.

    My son plays very well guitar and while he generally gravitates towards more earthy mojo players than Steve, even he admitted at one point that the riff to Ted The Mechanic is not only one of a kind, but also a real task to play and get right.

  3. 3
    Gregster says:


    All SM needed was a Fender Stratocaster played through a Marshall that he liked to play, to approximate “that” sound, especially with the early tunes…But the band didn’t want that, & SM was more than happy to go very successfully his own way.

    I don’t think that SM ever changes guitars through a gig…He has his fave, it’s earned him his unique ID, & he’s done well for it.

    You can’t please everybody, & you never will as a “replacement” for someone like RB. Courage, determination & skill will get you through, & he had that. And he was certainly a more creative / imaginative player than RB. One only needs to listen to solo stuff from either player to hear the imaginative differences.

    Fingers-crossed Simon has an easier job of pleasing red-neck fans…

    Peace !

  4. 4
    MacGregor says:

    Lord Voldemort indeed, Satriani has always (since the haircut) looked a little alien or other worldly like. He has always come across as a down to earth chap & not ego driven at all. Regarding Steve Morse, yes like any quality guitarist they do tend to have their ‘idiosyncratic’ sort of style that no one can really replicate & that is always a good thing in my book. Chop that rhythm up ala Joe Walsh #Funk 49. Cheers.

  5. 5
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Ritchie was more confined by his style and tastes, but within those boundaries he excelled. Steve was more all-rounder musicianly, but it’s really a bit like saying Tom Hanks is a better actor than Clint Eastwood.

    I believe Steve would have had a hard time emulating Ritchie – even if he had ever really tried. Not due to technique at all, but based on what kind of person Steve actually is, he doesn’t have that Blackmore edginess and attitude.

  6. 6
    Tommy H. says:

    Really nothing new/unexpected under the sun. After Steve had to call it quits I concluded for myself that he was every bit as impressive as Ritchie but in a very different and oftentimes refreshing way.

  7. 7
    DeeperPurps says:

    Gregster @3…I don’t think that having a preference for Blackmore’s guitar tone and playing style over Morse’s, necessarily makes one a red neck.

  8. 8
    Adel Faragalla says:

    ‘Its easy to sound like RB but it’s difficult to sound like SM as he is a progressive guitar player’
    Sounds like it’s another dig at RB from the JS camp after RB labeling JS as great guitar player but not reaching for the heart and scared to play the wrong notes.
    Peace 🤞

  9. 9
    Jet Auto Jerry says:

    I often found Steve’s DP sound as ‘Fuzzy’ for lack of a better term. Not that it always sounded that way of course, but for whatever reason that was my go to description.

  10. 10
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Let’s not get into the “Steve is better than Ritchie – OR NOT!” family feud again – it’s apples and oranges.

    In the 60ies and 70ies, Ritchie was technically one of the best guitarists around, but more importantly he was a stylist who not only worked at his visual, but also his musical image. More often than not, that image (as constructed by him) required restricting yourself though Ritchie could be far more versatile than what DP regularly required or, for that matter, what Ritchie was prepared to offer.

    Steve was/is more catholic (in the non-religious sense) in his approach, he takes all guitar music influences throughout the deades in and distills his own style from it – with an athlete’s dedication to technical excellence.

    Blackmore is/was a gunslinger, Steve a scientist.

  11. 11
    Gregster says:


    The message was not baited in any way Sir, but perhaps those who take offence to it, see themselves in a certain light ?…

    I was referring to the no-doubt few that attend concerts & shun anyone in the guitarist role, & scream out pro-RB themes & abuse etc etc.

    No offence !

    Peace !

  12. 12
    Svante Axbacke says:

    @8: I find it fascinating what people read into what famous people says. For me personally, I don’t think there is a “JS camp” planning revenges in future interviews as soon as someone has said something less than “fantastic” about him. I think this is just the person JS saying what he thinks from personal experience as a guitar player. I don’t know JS but he certainly don’t come across as a bitter and evil person.

    Of course both RB and SM are unique performers in their own rights. But if one looks at the guitarists out there today, there are a lot that sounds like RB and not that many that sounds like SM. And that has nothing to do with however one is better than the other, or trying to belittle RB’s ailities.

  13. 13
    Gregster says:

    @12 & 10…

    Ideally, an opportunity to spend an evening with any 1/2-decent musician / guitarist, where-by “anything goes” for the sake of playing tunes around a camp-fire, BBQ, or dinner table with friends would reveal good times, & many similarities, & perhaps some differences too. This is the place where it all comes out, & the music flows freely.

    RB was fortunate to be at the right place, at the right time, & with the right people, in a time when the general trend of music was taking on a heavy perspective, & electric guitar & bass were at that forefront. Of course great skill, performance ability, creativity, & a driving force were needed to let out this new “music” to the world.

    SM, JS & countless others followed in the wake that was started, by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townsend, Eric Clapton…Even RB, Jimmy Page & say Tony Iommi looked-up-to, & followed these guys lead / trend, & perhaps perfected it.

    They’re all great players, & have their own sugar & spice that makes them unique. And all the sugar & spice is simply a work-ethic & effort to get the music out your own way, as best as you can, from what you’ve learned by imitating your own influences, the music that inspired you to pick up a guitar & work hard at it in the first place.

    After the BBQ’s & parties have finished, you often have to play other peoples stuff / tunes to make a living. And once established at making a living, you have to be even more fortunate to be offered a recording contract / deal, where your own original music has an opportunity to come out.

    It’s a long haul, & it was likely a little easier in RB’s time, simply because there was less competition around than today, & more opportunities to get signed, as the industry was booming, as seen by young, wealthy, potential investors as a great opportunity for likely great return for investment in the short-term…

    eg, Get some good players together, fund them for a while with a wage to ultimately make records & tour the circuit down-the-road. Good players meant likely success with good musical results. At least that’s what Chris Curtis had in mind lol !

    And JS at the moment in today’s times will be touring & selling his art-work / paintings at his shows to make a living. So it’s funny how things are changing..

    Peace !

  14. 14
    stoffer says:

    @10 Blackmore is/was a gunslinger, Steve a scientist. Perfect description!! they should colaborate 😉

  15. 15
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Actually, I do think too that Steve and Ritchie could have played together, their styles are so vastly different, that they are complementary and don’t get in each other’s way much. That is why I would have liked to hear both of them at the RRHoF. An opportunity missed.

  16. 16
    MacGregor says:

    Yes the comments Steve Morse has made in the past regarding getting together with Blackmore for a one off concert or similar, were there for all to see. Kudos to him for saying that. I guess he was over all the shenanigans to a certain extent. A shame it didn’t happen, however somewhere more suited than the Hall though. All the glitter & shine that gets through, no thanks & as said before, a gig somewhere, anywhere but the Hall. Blackmore did state that also as a ONE off possible concert, why not. Easier said than done though. So many different issues to resolve no doubt. Not to worry. Cheers.

  17. 17
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Ritchie is rock-rusty these days, let’s face it. (And it actually shows more in his riff & rhythm work than in his solos.)

    Due to his condition, Steve isn’t at his 90ies technical peak anymore either, but he’s worked very hard to stay as close to it as he can plus those lengthy DP tours he started to disdain were of course good exercise for him.

    But Ritchie with either Steve or Simon together on stage today without extensive preparation to play rock again, I hate to say it, but he would sound older than he looks. DP is perhaps not a band like Pink Floyd or Dire Straits which allows you to age gracefully as a lead guitarist. And being energetic and edgy was always part of the complete Blackmore package.

  18. 18
    MacGregor says:

    Years ago it could have worked out ok if negotiations were amicable. Morse could play the trickery things if Blackmore’s age & health was a factor at all with certain songs. I am sure those two would have worked something out. We are not talking about now days, that possible ‘opportunity’ has long gone. Cheers.

  19. 19
    Ted The Mechanic says:


    And so I quote, “Blackmore is/was a gunslinger, Steve a scientist.”

    Perfect! :>


  20. 20
    Sebastian says:

    Ritchie and Steve should record an album together and call it “Blackmorse” 🙂

  21. 21
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Steve would be up to it I’m sure, but Ritchie generally shuns “music with peers”-environments, sadly so because I think he could really contribute something and I don’t mean “who’s the fastest gun in town”-shredfests either (any teenager can play faster than Ritchie today, guitar technique has just evolved so much since EvH came along).

    It would even be interesting to hear them both on acoustics. What Steve did with Sarah Spencer on the Angelfire project in 2010 would have possibly even found grace with Ritchie’s more opinionated music tastes.

  22. 22
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I’m stealing Sebastian’s idea and running away with it … How about if Steve and Ritchie invited Candice and Sarah to their project and called the ensuing album Blackmorse’s Night & Day?

    Ritchie could solo nicely over this.


    And people who insist on Enya playlists as acoustic interior design for their living rooms could buy it!

  23. 23
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    I was quite fortunate to see Steve and Sarah open up for the SMB (:>) at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California.

    Angelic voice. But haven’t seen anything further from her on her own or otherwise….



  24. 24
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Lucky bastard, I didn’t even know they ever toured!

    Sarah does seem to be still musically active, but apparently only at a cottage industry level (nothing wrong with that if it’s a choice and not a fate).



    Beautiful voice alright, even more so than ten years ago, she has gained some timbre.

  25. 25
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Herr Hornung,

    Thanks for the scoops. I typically have luck searching for bits like these you’ve shown.

    By the way, your command of the English language is more than admirable.

    Bis zum nachsten beitrag, bleiben sie gesund!


  26. 26
    Uwe Hornung says:

    “By the way, your command of the English language is more than admirable.”

    Danke schön! Visiting an American school from 1973 to 1976 helped. I had to endure a lot of Led Zep, but it did wonders to my English.

  27. 27
    Mr Sensible says:

    I’m of the opinion that the 2 best guitar players to have walked this earth are Steve Morse and Ritchie Blackmore

  28. 28
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Deep Purple have never ever had a slouch play lead guitar for them:

    – Blackmore forged it all with determination and idiosyncrasy,

    – Tommy was dazzling and charming,

    – Joe had spectacular technique and introduced modern guitar playing to Purple,

    – Steve brought consistent dedication to music, his craft AND the band with him and

    – Simon has been band Viagra so far, let’s hope he will stiffen the performance of these dogged senior citizens further!

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