“I want to honor the sound, but I don't want to lose myself”: Joe Satriani says he’s coming to terms with the fact that he doesn't sound like Eddie Van Halen

Joe Satriani (left) and Eddie Van Halen
(Image credit: Javier Bragado / Chelsea Lauren / Getty Images)

Joe Satriani was recently announced as the guitarist for the Best of All Worlds tour in summer 2024, which will see Satriani, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, and Jason Bonham tackle – along with material from the Hagar/Anthony/Satriani supergroup Chickenfoot, and the former two's modern-day project, The Circle – a wealth of Van Halen material.

Now, in a new forthcoming interview with Guitar World, Satriani says that the biggest challenge he’s facing is the mental battle involved when it comes to doing his “best impression of the greatest guitar player of all time.”

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.

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