JOE SATRIANI, ERIC JOHNSON & STEVE VAI Join to Celebrate Original 1996 G3 Line-Up

Article Contributed by MAD Ink PR | Published on Saturday, September 16, 2023

Conceived in 1995 by the multi-Grammy nominated guitarist, JOE SATRIANI, the inaugural G3 Tour took place in 1996 bringing together three of the most iconic and virtuosic guitarists of their time: Satriani, Eric Johnson and Steve Vai. Known for their incredible technical prowess, musical innovation and unique styles, the G3 tour was a celebration of guitar mastery and proved extremely popular, captivating audiences worldwide. Though the line-up has continually changed over the last 29 years since its inception, SATRIANI is celebrating G3 in 2024 by reuniting the original trio: Satriani, Johnson and Vai. The tour is set to begin on January 23, 2024 in Tucson, AZ hitting eleven cities before winding up with a pair of shows at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Artist ticket pre-sales are set to begin on September 13 at 10am local time (code: R3UNION) with local presale on September 14 at 10am local time. The public on sale is Friday, September 15 at 10am local time. VIP packages will also be available.


Excited to share the news, Satriani commented: "Reuniting the original G3 line up is a dream come true for me. I can’t wait to take the stage with Eric and Steve again!"

Adds Johnson, "It’s going to be an honor to reunite with Joe and Steve and do the G3 tour together again. I’m proud to be a part of it."
With Vai echoing, “It’s always an honor to contribute to a G3 tour, and to be with Joe and Eric again playing on stage is like living life to its fullest!’
With every incarnation of G3, each guitarist performed their solo sets, showcasing their individual brilliance, and then collaborated for a mind-blowing jam session that left fans in awe. Over the decades, the tour has received much critical acclaim and the chemistry between the three guitarists on stage was undeniable, creating an unforgettable experience for guitar enthusiasts and music lovers alike. Each edition of the tour brought its own unique flair, showcasing the ever-evolving landscape of guitar playing while highlighting the talents of the iconic players from different generations and genres. It continues to be a hallmark event for guitar aficionadas across the globe.
Since its inception in 1995, G3 has featured many iconic guitarists, including Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Yngwie Malmsteen, John Petrucci, Robert Fripp, Paul Gilbert, Steve Morse, Steve Lukather, Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker, Adrian Legg, Phil Collen along with many other special guests including Al Di Meola, Tony MacAlpine, Johnny Hiland, Keith More, Chris Duarte, Andy Timmons, Neal Schon, Gary Hoey, Brian May, Billy Gibbons, Johnny A, George Lynch, Patrick Rondat, Guthrie Govan, Alejandro Silva and Eric Sardinas.
The G3 tour expanded its reach beyond the U.S., venturing into different continents, allowing fans from all corners of the globe to experience the magic of this guitar extravaganza. With each passing year, the tour attracted new talents and saw the return of beloved guitar heroes, further solidifying its reputation as a must-see event. The tour also became a platform for collaboration and experimentation, with guitarists often jamming together and pushing the boundaries of what the instrument can do. The camaraderie among the performers and their shared passion for guitar music created an atmosphere of mutual respect and admiration on stage.
The original G3 tour marked the beginning of a remarkable journey that has spanned nearly three decades. With its continued success, the G3 tour solidified its status as a legendary event in the world of guitar music, leaving an indelible mark on the history of music performance and serving as a testament to the power of six strings to captivate and inspire audiences worldwide. G3 2024 tour dates are below.

January 23, 2024, Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
January 25, 2024, Highland, CA - Yaamava Resort & Casino
January 26, 2024, Scottsdale, AZ - Talking Stick Resort Ballroom
January 27, 2024, Las Vegas, NV - Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
January 29, 2024, Spokane, WA – First Interstate Center for the Arts
January 31, 2024, Seattle, WA - The Moore Theatre
February 1, 2024, Salem, OR - Historic Elsinore Theatre
February 2, 2024, Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Reno
February 3, 2024, Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
February 5, 2024, Fresno, CA – Saroyan Theatre
February 7, 2024, El Cajon, CA - The Magnolia
February 9, 2024, Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
February 10, 2024, Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre

For more information on shows, ticketing and VIP packages, go HERE.