‘It was the thing that made the take really work’: How a white lie sparked Joe Satriani’s band

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“Lies and Truths,” a key cut from Joe Satriani’s new solo effort Unstoppable Momentum started life as a demo called “Fast Robot.” He left it that way, just to see what his bandmates would come up with.

Satriani, also a member of Chickenfoot, is joined on “Lies and Truths” — as well as the rest of the album — by keyboardist Mike Keneally, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and bassist Chris Chaney.

“I took a funny chance in the studio,” the guitarist says in this video. “I thought: I’m not going to tell them what the song is really about, or what it’s going to be really called. I wanted to see what Vinnie was going to do.”

What he did, Satriani says, was amazing.

“He came up with that total strange, warped way of playing,” Satriani enthuses. “He just kind of improvised that. It totally blew my mind. Afterward, I told him. I said: “I tricked you guys. The song is not called ‘Fast Robot.'” But it worked. It was the thing that made the take really work.”

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