Joe Satriani dedicated his life to playing guitar when he heard Jimi Hendrix had died

News 22/03/2019

Instrumental guitarist Joe Satriani spoke in a recent interview with Rob Rush about the beginnings of his musical journey, the influence of Jimi Hendrix, his early band Squares and much more. 

When asked if it was true that he had been inspired at age 14 to play guitar by Jimi Hendrix, he responded:

"Yeah, it's an interesting story. I grew up in a little section of Westbury, and when I was eight or nine years old, the first time I heard Jimi Hendrix, I was completely transfixed. I just thought it was the greatest sound I ever heard in my life. And at the time, I was actually studying drums, I was just beginning to take drum lessons and it lasted for about two-three years."

"And after I realized I was not going to be Mitch Mitchell, I started thinking, 'Well, I got to do something else.' And then a couple of years later, I'm on a football field one afternoon at my high school, and I was informed that Jimi had passed away. I just turned around, went into the coach's office, told him I was quitting - I was going to become a guitarist. I went home that night, announced over family dinner what I was going to do with my life. And after the dust settled and everybody stopped screaming, that was the plan I put into effect. I started that long road of trying to figure out how to play guitar."

Listen to the full interview below: