By Steve Newton
I did my eighth interview with Joe Satriani the other day–man, I love that guy–and finally got to ask him about something that his former G3 tourmate Yngwie Malmsteen once said to me.
Back in 2014 I had interviewed Yngwie in advance of his Guitar Gods show in Vancouver, and that was when he declared that Ibanez guitars–the brand preferred by primo pickers like Satch and Steve Vai–were “a bad copy” of the model he holds dear, the Fender Stratocaster.
Then the famously opinionated Swede went on to describe the esteemed Gibson Les Paul as “furniture”.
Well, the ensuing blog I posted caused quite a stir among guitar freaks, many of whom seemed outraged by the audacity of Malmsteen’s comments. I mean, the nerve of that guy to insult the axe that launched a million killer riffs!
So when I got the chance this week to see what Satriani’s take on the controversy would be, I went for it.
Have a listen: