“I royally screwed up, which hurt like a thorn in my side, but I’ll get over it”: Joe Satriani says he slipped up playing Van Halen’s Mean Street on Howard Stern – but it’s taught him a valuable lesson about EVH’s tone

The Best of All Worlds band – featuring Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Jason Bonham and Joe Satriani
(Image credit: Kayla Oaddams / Stringer / Getty Images)

Joe Satriani recently dropped in at the Howard Stern Show with his new Best Of All World tour bandmates for an appearance that saw him tackling a grab-bag of Van Halen tricks and licks as they were thrown at him on the fly.

BoBW frontman Sammy Hagar and the presenter set the virtuoso up with some tricky sections drawn from the Van Halen catalog, and Satch did a great job of coping with the test.

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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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