is the second EP by guitarist Joe Satriani
, released in 1988
The EP reached No. 42 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and remained on that chart for 26 weeks. Its sole studio track, "The Crush of Love", reached No. 6 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart and was nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 1990 Grammy Awards. The remaining three tracks were recorded live during the Surfing With the Alien tour in 1987. The title track, absent on the EP, would later be released on Satriani's album Time Machine in 1993.
Dreaming #11 is something of an oddity: a mini-disc released in 1988 with three live tracks and one new studio track. The live tracks, taken from the Surfing with the Alien tour and featuring the powerful duo of Stuart Hamm on bass and Jonathan Mover on drums, showcase Satriani's outstanding talents in a live atmosphere; however, they've been heard before ("Ice Nine" was on Surfing with the Alien and "Memories" and "Hordes of Locusts" came from Not of This Earth).
The studio track, "The Crush of Love," immediately became a favorite of Satriani fans everywhere, mostly because of its catchy tune and its creative use of the wah-wah pedal to give the guitar an almost human voice.
A recommended disc for musicians and fans, but not essential to the casual collector.
Joseph Satriani (born July 15, 1956) is an American instrumental rock guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. He was inspired to play guitar at age 14, after hearing of the death of Jimi Hendrix. He heard the news during football practice, then announced to his coach that he was quitting to become a guitarist.
Early in his career, Satriani worked as a guitar instructor, with many of his former students achieving fame, such as Steve Vai (Zappa), Larry LaLonde (Primus), Rick Hunolt (Exodus), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Andy Timmons, David Bryson (Counting Crows), Charlie Hunter, Kevin Cadogan (Third Eye Blind), and Alex Skolnick (Testament); he then went on to have a successful solo music career. He is a 15-time Grammy Award nominee and has sold over 10 million albums, making him the biggest-selling instrumental rock guitarist of all time. Satriani has the fourth most Grammy Award nominations (15, after Brian McKnight, Snoop Dogg and Morten Lindberg) of any artist without winning.
In 1988, Satriani was recruited by Mick Jagger as lead guitarist for his first solo tour. Satriani briefly toured with Deep Purple. He was invited to join the Greg Kihn Band, who were on the downside of their career, but whose generosity helped Satriani pay off the overwhelming credit-card debt from recording his first album Not of This Earth. Joe Satriani also sang backing vocals on the self-titled Crowded House album. His "Bells of Lal (Part One)" was featured during an eerie scene in the 1996 Billy Bob Thornton movie Sling Blade, while Carl is sharpening a lawnmower blade to kill the menacing Doyle Hargraves played by Dwight Yoakam.
In 2008, Satriani filed a copyright infringement suit against Coldplay in the United States District Court. Satriani's suit claims that the Coldplay song "Viva la Vida" includes "substantial original portions" of the Satriani song "If I Could Fly" from his 2004 album, Is There Love in Space?. The Coldplay song in question received two Grammy Awards for Song of the Year. An unspecified settlement was reached between the parties.
Satriani has been the guitarist for the supergroup Chickenfoot since joining the band in 2008 with former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. The band features Hagar on vocals, Satriani on guitar, Anthony on bass, and Smith on drums.