“Eddie Van Halen’s main solo is a greatest hits of all his best guitar licks”: Dweezil Zappa issues update for What the Hell Was I Thinking? – his ambitious mega-track featuring Eddie Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen, Brian May and more

(from left) Eddie Van Halen, Dweezil Zappa and Yngwie Malmsteen performing onstage
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Dweezil Zappa may have bitten off more than he can chew with his uber-ambitious project, What the Hell Was I Thinking? But, 35 years after starting it, he’s revealed he’s just about ready to get the mammoth composition over the line. 

The track features “at least 40” A-List electric guitar heroes – Steve Vai, Brian May, Steve Morse, Angus and Malcolm Young, and even the late Eddie Van Halen have all laid down solos for it – and thanks to new tech, its release may not be too far off.  

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.