Joe Satriani addresses Van Halen tribute tour reports: "If it ever does happen, it would be a great honor and a terrifying challenge"

Joe Satriani performs onstage during the Experience Hendrix concert at City National Grove of Anaheim on October 9, 2019 in Anaheim, California
(Image credit: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

Last week, former Metallica bass guitar player Jason Newsted made waves when – in an interview with the Palm Beach Post – he claimed that he had been approached by Alex Van Halen and Joe Satriani to take part in some kind of Van Halen tour.

Satriani – currently in the midst of promoting his new album, The Elephants of Mars – was, inevitably, asked about the rumors during one of the first interviews he's conducted since they surfaced, on the Rock of Nations with Dave Kinchen podcast.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at 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.