Satchel and his neon Charvel hail Eddie Van Halen with a ripping cover of Unchained

Since his passing on October 6 at the age of 65, we’ve seen musical tributes to Eddie Van Halen from the likes of Robb Flynn and Jack White. Now Steel Panther’s Satchel, whose playing has always excluded plenty of EVH style, has added his electric guitar to the mix.

The guitarist and his neon Charvel recently teamed up with a host of British and European rock and metal musicians to jam out Van Halen’s classic 1981 anthem, Unchained.

Joining Satchel on the recording is Dee Dammers (rhythm guitar, U.D.O. and Dirkschneider), Michael “Mülli” Müller (bass, Jaded Heart), André Hilgers (drums, Bonfire), Matt Jones (vocals, ex-The Treatment) and others, with the Steel Panther guitar paying fine tribute to EVH with a rather spot-on recreation of his rhythm and lead work.

You can check it out below, and head here for more Eddie Van Halen coverage from Guitar World.

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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.