Brian May and Eddie Van Halen's Star Fleet Project mini-album is finally coming to streaming – with unreleased EVH solos

Eddie Van Halen (left) and Brian May hold their guitars in the studio in 1983
(Image credit: Phil Chen)

Star Fleet Project, the near-mythical, long-out-of-print mini-album recorded by electric guitar gods Brian May and Eddie Van Halen, will finally be released on streaming platforms this summer. 

Recorded in 1983 with an all-star band that included session bass guitar ace Phil Chen, keyboardist Fred Mandel and then-REO Speedwagon drummer Alan Gratzer, the set has been fully remastered by May, and will be reissued in full July 14 with a multitude of previously unreleased jams and outtakes. 

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.