Electric guitar stars Joe Satriani and Steve Vai are presenting a new incarnation of Satriani's G3 tour this summer, also featuring John Petrucci (Dream Theater). The tour kicks off June 23 in Reno, N

Electric guitar stars Joe Satriani and Steve Vai are presenting a new incarnation of Satriani's G3 tour this summer, also featuring John Petrucci (Dream Theater). The tour kicks off June 23 in Reno, Nev., and will include 24 dates across North America before winding down July 21 in Sunrise, Fla.

The tour format will feature the three guitarists playing short sets with their own bands, then all joining together for a final set backed by Satriani bassist Stu Hamm and drummer Jeff Campitelli. Vai's backing band will include Virgil Donati on drums and bassist Billy Sheehan, who hasn't toured with Vai since the two were part of David Lee Roth's backing band in the late '80s.

Both Vai and Satriani will be supporting new double-CD live releases. Satriani's "Live in San Francisco" and Vai's "Alive in an Ultra World" are both due June 19 from Epic.

Satriani's latest studio effort, "Engines of Creation" (Epic), peaked at No. 12 on The Billboard 200 albums chart in April. A live disc from a previous G3 tour, "G3 - Live in Concert," entered The Billboard 200 at No. 108 in June 1997.

Here are the G3 tour dates:
June 23: Reno, Nev. (Reno Hilton Pavilion)
June 24: Las Vegas (House of Blues)
June 26: Phoenix (Celebrity Theatre)
June 27: Anaheim, Calif. (Sun Theatre)
June 28: San Diego (Humphrey's)
June 29: Los Angeles (Wiltern Theatre)
June 30: San Francisco (Warfield)
July 1: Kelseyville, Calif. (New Classic Concert Showroom)
July 3: Denver, Calif. (Fillmore Auditorium)
July 4: Santa Fe, N.M. (Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre)
July 5: Ft. Worth, Texas (Bass Performance Hall)
July 6: Houston (Aerial Theatre at Bayou Place)
July 7: Austin, Texas (Austin Music Hall)
July 9: Clarkston, Mich. (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
July 10: Chicago (Riviera Theatre)
July 11: Toronto (Massey Hall)
July 12: Glenside, Pa. (Keswick Theatre)
July 13-14: New York (Beacon Theatre)
July 16: Boston (Fleetboston Pavilion)
July 17: Washington, D.C. (Warner Theatre)
July 19: Atlanta (Tabernacle)
July 20: Clearwater, Fla. (Ruth Eckerd Hall)
July 21: Sunrise, Fla. (Sunrise Musical Theatre)