Former Megadeth guitarist Jeff Young says he turned down the chance to play in David Lee Roth’s band

Jeff Young
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At the onset of the ‘90s, David Lee Roth was in the market for a new electric guitar player to support his solo musical exploits following the departure of a young Steve Vai, who left the former Van Halen vocalist’s group to pursue a solo career of his own.

Vai, who had worked with Roth since 1985 and helped him record 1988’s Skyscraper LP, was ultimately replaced by a 19-year-old Jason Becker – another virtuoso who would go on to record just one album with Roth, 1991’s A Little Ain’t Enough.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.