THE CHROME BOY, A Tribute to Joe Satriani
Picking up the guitar at age 14, Jon Robert Quinn was heavily influenced by Joe Satriani. Since 2001, Jon Robert Quinn has released over a dozen studio albums and has toured on and off for much of that time. Today, 20 years later, Jon Robert Quinn has built the ultimate Joe Satriani experience capturing the look, feel and technicality of Joe's music. We now bring you the very best Joe Satriani tribute show to date.
1) Ten Words
2) Always With Me, Always With You
3) Summer Song
4) Crush of Love
5) Just Like Lightnin'
6) Crystal Planet
8) The Extremist
9) Love Thing
11) Starry Night
12) Ice 9
Jon Robert Quinn uses Joe's actual guitars for this show. These "Chrome Boys" are some of the rarest and best sounding and playing guitars in the world. They are also some of the most expensive guitars in the world. Quinn's Ibanez JS10th is signed by Joe Satriani, John Petrucci and Phil Collen and has Joe's personal blessing to use the guitar for these shows. Quinn also purchased the first Ibanez JS1CR30 available in the United States and will be delivered mid June 2018. This guitar will also be sent to Joe for his blessing.
These shows will be incredibly intimate. Jon Robert Quinn since day one has refused to perform or tour with a band for several reasons. One of the main reasons is to emphasize the guitar. Staffing and booking has also been a major factor. The Chrome Boy, a Tribute to Joe Satriani will be no different. These shows will be accompanied by tracks instead of a band. This allows us to move into smaller or larger clubs more freely with less overhead and transport also giving a more authentic sound to Joe's music. What a lot of people do not realize is that much of Joe's music was recorded and produced without live drums or instruments. Also, many of Joe's smaller performances are only accompanied by tracks. Though we agree that a live band will add another dimension to the show, playing to the original backing track authenticates the true sound of Joe's music. We will leave the live band to Joe and his tour.
The true sound of Joe's music comes from a variety of sources. One, of course being the equipment. Though Joe uses a lot of prototype equipment both in the studio and on stage, with technology we can replicate that sound. Another source is the player. There are a lot of people out there that can play Joe's music note for note, but what they are missing is the feel and emotion in their style of playing. Guitarists that grew up around blues will play a lot differently that one that was around metal or jazz. Jon Robert Quinn was introduced to Joe's music at a young age and immediately picked up the bluesy, rock-style that Joe uses. The phrasing Jon Robert Quinn uses is very true to the sound and feel of Joe. Learning Joe's picking techniques, tapping, fingering styles and "tricks" add an authentic feel to the music. However, there is a 26 year age difference between the two players with significant skill level difference. Joe is above and beyond what anybody else on the planet can do on the guitar. It's truly a blessing that we can even do this show at all.
To Joe Satriani fans, there are 3 eras of Joe. There's the long-haired unpredictably fast and ridiculous Joe from the 80s. His music was played at a much faster tempo back then than it is now. Go online and watch some old performances and compare to current performances. It's very interesting to see. He's a different player today than he used to be. Much because he is in his 60s now. Then there was the Joe from 1996 until about 2004. This is the Joe we are capturing with this show. This was a Joe that was in his late 30s to mid 40s. He had just shaved his head and wasn't sure how the audience was going to respond therefore wore a beanie much of the time. The sunglasses came into the equation and the Chrome Boy moniker was officially created. Around 2008-2009, his guitars changed, he started losing weight as he got older and his music changed. Much of this later music uses a lot of synthesizers and effects that add different elements to the music. He also started working on the Chickenfoot project resulting in a shift in his style of music.
To capture the authenticity of Joe and his sound, we really wanted to focus on Jon Robert Quinn's passion and inspiration to make this project a success. Though we are playing some of the older music for the show, such as Summer Song and Crush of Love, we really wanted to focus on the look and feel of Joe from around 1996 thru 2004-2005.
Why would somebody go thru all this trouble to build such an elaborate and difficult show and not do it for profit? Passion. This is a childhood dream of Jon Robert Quinn. Watching and playing Joe's music from his teen years into his 30s and meeting Joe several times throughout the years, there is something beautiful here to share with the world. Quinn hopes to someday be invited to play with Joe, on or off stage. It's not about record sales or playing in arenas. It's really the gratification to play with his childhood and lifelong hero. Jon Robert Quinn already has a career as a successful musician releasing dozens of instrumental and vocal albums, publishing books and building business talk shows all over the country. The Chrome Boy, a Tribute to Joe Satriani is a beautiful tribute to a man that has inspired millions of people all over the world to find themselves thru music.
To book The Chrome Boy, a Tribute to Joe Satriani, call Scott Hamilton at (916) 207-7267