“The whole idea of being a great guitar player is nobody can do you like you… Mean Street is the perfect storm of why people don't f**k with Edward Van Halen”: Nuno Bettencourt explains why you’ve gotta give Joe Satriani “a pass”

Eddie Van Halen, Nuno Bettencourt and Joe Satriani
(Image credit: Daniel Knighton / Scott Legato / Mario Skraban / Getty Images)

Nuno Bettencourt has said Van Halen fans should give Joe Satriani “a bit of a pass” after the electric guitar virtuoso received criticism for his recent performance of Mean Street on Howard Stern.

Satch has since told Guitar World that the mistake “hurt like a thorn in my side”, but also pointed to the lack of preparation time and the off-the-cuff nature of the performance, which saw host Howard Stern and Best of All Worlds frontman Sammy Hagar ask Satriani to demo some of Eddie Van Halen’s toughest licks.

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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.