Joe Satriani Says Wolfgang Van Halen Should Play Guitar At Hypothetical Van Halen Tribute Concert

It was previously revealed that Joe Satriani was being considered for a possible Van Halen tribute concert, but the guitarist has now casted doubt on the idea. The musician says if anyone were to play the late Eddie Van Halen’s parts, it should be his son Wolfgang Van Halen.

Satriani told Ultimate Classic Rock the following:

“When I saw Wolfgang playing at the Taylor Hawkins benefit, I thought it was the most natural, beautiful thing I’d seen in a long time. It was such a wonderful thing to see him play his dad’s music like that, and he’s such an incredible musician. I thought, ‘Well, if the thing is ever gonna happen, he should do it.’ It just seemed more natural than reaching out to somebody like me.

So, the world should just wait for him to make up his mind how he wants to do it, and we should leave him alone, let him figure out the best time and place for it. Whatever he comes up with will be the best way to do it, I think.”

He also discussed the initial call he received from Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth:

“I jokingly told them on that first phone call that if I had half a brain I’d hang up right away and not accept such a crazy offer, ’cause nobody can replace Eddie, and whoever tries to do it is gonna get a whole lot of negativity from the world of social media. But I heard myself saying ‘yes’ before my better judgment kicked in, because I am such a fan of Eddie and his work, and I thought, ‘Wow, it would be such a great labor of love to dive into that and try to understand the essence what he was doing for each song.'”

He added:

“I can kind of figure out the fingers, but there’s some things that are too quirky that he does that I can’t figure out how to do. Getting inside the music is really what you need to do when you go to play it, to capture the spirit of it and learn what not to play when you’re playing each song. I would really enjoy that.”

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