We didn’t give the copyright-infringement lawsuit that Joe Satriani filed against Coldplay last week much thought, mainly because we stopped listening to him when his music started sounding like Yanni with a wah-wah pedal. But now that Coldplay has issued a statement on the matter (it begins in hilariously tongue-in-cheek fashion with the statement “With the greatest possible respect to Joe Satriani,” a phrase that hasn’t been uttered before or since), we thought it was high time to raise the perfectly viable question of whether Creaky Boards who also accused Coldplay of lifting their melody for “Viva La Vida” earlier this year were actually the first band to rip off Joe Satriani. We can only keep our fingers crossed that an enterprising individual (like the guy who made the Satriani/Coldplay video) takes it upon himself to post a new mash-up to YouTube that underscores the delicious irony of this situation.
On a (barely) related note, while researching this piece, we just learned that Satriani is set to form a new supergroup with Sammy Hagar, ex–Van Halen bass player Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith in 2009. Their name? Chickenfoot!