Legendary guitarist Joe Satriani talks about the Van Halen tribute tour

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Earlier this month, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted made headlines during an interview with the palm beach post said he had been approached by Alex Van Halen and guitarist Joe Satriani to go on a Van Halen tour.

Newsted added in his chat that after flying to California with Alex and Satriani, the project “sort of fell apart”.

Well, legendary guitarist Satriani is now talking about a Van Halen tribute tour.

“If that ever happens, it would be a great honor and a terrifying challenge,” Satriani said.

The guitarist recently shared that he’s been involved in talks with Eddie’s brother, drummer Alex Van Halen, as well as David Lee Roth about a possible “genuine Eddie tribute” for “about a year.”

Satriani, who is in full promotion of his new album, The Elephants of Marchwas asked about these rumors in a new interview on the Rock of Nations with Dave Kinchen Podcast.

Speaking to Kinchen, Satriani said he had been involved in discussions regarding the tribute. He said he spoke to not only Alex but also Roth and more.

“I’ve been talking with Alex and Dave for about a year about doing something – a tour, something like that – that was going to be a real tribute to Eddie and the Van Halen legacy,” Satriani revealed.

He added: “For me, it was a terrifying prospect to do something like this, but I realized it would be something that would be a real labor of love for me. I was so honored to take on the challenge.

“It’s very complicated. And all I can really say about it is that if it happens I know we’ll make it the biggest thing for the fans and we’ll all celebrate together not just the big Eddie Van Halen, but the legacy that this band created, the incredible amount of music and the goodwill and good vibes that they created as a band.

Satriani said he wishes the news hadn’t come out yet, offering, “These things always happen in the music industry, and you’re supposed to keep quiet about it because sometimes it doesn’t work.

“There’s usually about ten crazy ideas going around and musicians are always like, ‘Okay, I’m not going to say anything about it because it might not work. I don’t want to hurt the feelings of this nobody or disrupt other business plans. So yeah, we were all pretty shocked that Jason wanted to go public because we had all sworn to shut up.

He continued: “As I’ve said before, if that ever happens, it would be a great honor and a terrifying challenge. Eddie, you can’t duplicate what he did, you can’t. You can learn the notes and you can learn all the fingerings and get the equipment and everything but there was only one Eddie and he was the embodiment of an original genius But if that happens I know that ‘Alex will make sure it’s the right way to do it.

Time will tell if everything lines up going forward.

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