Joe Satriani discusses the “terrifying” prospect of playing Eddie Van Halen's guitar parts for a potential tribute tour

Joe Satriani playing live
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Last month, former Metallica bass guitar player Jason Newsted sparked a chain reaction after he unexpectedly revealed he had been in talks with Alex Van Halen and Joe Satriani for a proposed Van Halen tour.

After the news broke, Satch quickly came out to confirm discussions around a proposed Van Halen tribute tour had indeed taken place, but the idea had subsequently been “shelved”.

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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.