All week, I’ve been listening to the two songs…Joe Satriani “If I Could Fly” guitar instrumental and Coldplay’s hit “Viva La Vida” to compare the songs, to see if they sound exactly the same that so many people claim out there.
They don’t sound the same at all. To me, they are completely different songs. The chord progressions are totally different, and both songs are not in the same key. If you know music, Coldplay’ s “Viva La Vida”, I believe is in the key of C#Db. And Satch’s “If I Could Fly” is definitely in the key of F#, so the tone in Satch’s song is a much higher key than Coldplay’s song.
If you hum or sing along to the melody of Joe’s song and Coldplay’s song both, you would see right away that Joe’s guitar leads are much different than Chris Martin’s vocal lines. Sure, there are similarities some but Chris Martin did NOT copy every little thing in Joe’s song. The chorus of Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” is kind of similar to Joe’s guitar lead but if you listen carefully and hum along to it, note by note, you would notice that both songs are going in different places.
I still feel that Chris and the guys in Coldplay are innocent, and I feel the jury will ask the judge for a dismissal. If Joe’s planning on having a jury in court, then lets hope the court will have profesional musicians in the jury and they’ll immediately know if they are the same or different.
Read between the lines, Joe Satriani attacked Coldplay for publicity. The only reason so many people are agreeing that Coldplay ripped off Joe is because Coldplay is a big easy target in the music industry. So they all stand by Joe’s side.
I love Joe as a musician and guitarist too, he’s a hero of mine and Satch is an inspiration, but that still don’t mean I have to stand by his side. I don’t agree with Satch’s lawsuit on this. It’s pretty stupid and lame, will get Joe nowhere. For many years in Joe Satriani’s career since back in the 80’s, he’s been a great guy until now.
He’s never been the sue happy musician, he’s always been nice and down to earth, I don’t think he’s had an ego problem until today. Joe’s the one who brought Kirk Hammett into the music industry ’cause Joe taught Kirk how to play guitar. Joe Satriani taught many other famous musicians to play guitar too. Joe’s going to lose this thing. End of story.