Rock & Pop

Joe Satriani

When: Jan. 13-14, 8 p.m. 2011

After a brief detour playing in the supergroupChickenfoot alongside fellow Bay Area resident Sammy Hagar, deposed Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers skinbasherChad Smith, Joe Satriani has returned to his solo career as axe master extraordinaire. Given that the title of his fourteenth studio album is Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards, it's no surprise that Satch went the proggy route to get in touch with his inner guitar god. Songs like the glistening "Wind in the Trees" and epic closer, "God is Crying," show that this 54-year-old instrumentalist has a creative well that still runs plenty deep. And while Chickenfoot never quite "rivaled Led Zeppelin" the way Hagar proclaimed it would, rest assured that Satriani still reigns as hard rock's premiere instrumentalist. Legions of fretheads will surely turn out this Thursday, Jan. 13 at the Fox Theater (1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) 8 p.m. $39.50-$75. TheFoxOakland.com

Dave Gil de Rubio

Price: $39.50-$75

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