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Jason Newsted reportedly approached to join new Van Halen tour with Alex Van Halen and Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani, Jason Newsted and Alex Van Halen
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Former Metallica bass guitar man Jason Newsted recently sat down with The Palm Beach Post for a wide-ranging interview.

Along with frank discussions of his time with Metallica, his paintings, and his new Chophouse Band, Newsted offhandedly mentioned at one point that he had been approached by Alex Van Halen and Joe Satriani to take part in – The Palm Beach Post reports – some kind of Van Halen tour.

The interview does not make it clear whether or not said tour would have been fully under the Van Halen name, or simply a Van Halen tribute tour of some kind, but discussions reportedly went far enough that Newsted traveled to California to jam with Van Halen and Satriani.

According to the Post though, Newsted felt that it would be impossible to do justice to Van Halen's legacy.

“How could you?” Newsted said. “There’s nobody that can top it, so how do you show it honor? I didn’t want it to be viewed as a money grab. And then it kind of just all fizzled.”

Shortly after Eddie Van Halen's death in October 2020, Wolfgang Van Halen – who served as Van Halen's bassist from 2007 until their dissolution, and now leads his own band, Mammoth WVH – said that Van Halen had permanently disbanded.

Replying to a tweet – which was subsequently deleted – from someone asking if Wolfgang would ever reform Van Halen without his father, he wrote: “I can confidently say I will NEVER replace my father in Van Halen and tour around the world disrespecting my father’s memory.

“No EVH = No VH. Get the fuck over it, but if you can’t, just quit bothering me about it and demanding I do it when I’ve made it very clear how I feel.”

Guitar World has reached out to Joe Satriani's representative for comment.

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. 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.