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Joseph "Joe" Satriani (born July 15, 1956 in Westbury, New York) is an Italian American multi-instrumentalist, known primarily for his work as an instrumental rock guitarist, with multiple Grammy Award nominations. Early in his career, Satriani worked as a guitar instructor, and some of his former students have achieved fame with their guitar skills (Steve Vai, Larry LaLonde, Kirk Hammett, Andy Timmons, Charlie Hunter, Kevin Cadogan, Alex Skolnick). Satriani has been a driving force in the music credited to other musicians throughout his career, as a founder of the ever-changing touring trio, G3, as well as performing in various positions with other musicians.
September 16, 2009
Coldplay have resolved a legal dispute with guitarist Joe Satriani, who sued the band for copyright infringement. Satriani, 52, claimed the melody in Coldplay's 'Viva La Vida' resembled the guitar riff in his instrumental song, 'If I Could Fly'. Read more
April 7, 2009
Coldplay have denied elements of their song ‘Viva La Vida’ are copied from a 2004 track by American guitarist Joe Santriani. In court papers filed in Los Angeles, the band’s lawyers said any similarities weren’t enough to warrant damages. Read more
February 5, 2009
American guitarist Joe Satriani, who is suing Coldplay for copyright infringement, will serve the band at this weekend's Grammy Awards, his lawyer has said. Howard King said a fleet of process servers would "dog the band” in Los Angeles in order to ensure they are handed legal papers. Read more
December 10, 2008
Coldplay have called an alleged similarity between their hit single 'Viva La Vida' and a track by an American artist “entirely coincidental”. The band are being sued by American guitarist, Joe Satriani, who claims the song borrows “substantial original portions” from his 2004 instrumental track, 'If I Could Fly'. Read more
December 8, 2008
Guitarist Joe Satriani has said he tried everything to avoid taking legal action against Coldplay over claims they plagiarised one of his songs. Satriani, 52, believes the melody in Coldplay's 'Viva La Vida' resembles the guitar riff in his instrumental song, 'If I Could Fly'. Read more
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