Mateus Asato covers a Nickelback solo - only to realize it was originally by Nuno Bettencourt

Nuno Bettencourt and Mateus Asato
(Image credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images / Press)

Nickelback have been a musical punching bag for years now, so when an electric guitar player – especially one as respected as Mateus Asato – pays the band some respect by covering one of their solos, it’s worth nothing.

However, in Asato’s case, the solo he chose wasn’t technically by Nickelback. Rather, it was the shreddy lead from the band’s 2017 song For the River, which, while pretty awesome, was actually played by none other than Nuno Bettencourt.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.