Joe Satriani is a NO in a Van Halen Tribute – Screamin’ Scott Reacts
Talk over the past couple of years of a Van Halen Tribute show really has had its ups and downs. The same can be said about Pantera getting back together. It’s a touchy subject, if you ask me. The whole idea is to do it right and not be tossed together in a giant musical mess.
The recent Taylor Hawkins benefit concerts went well, offering rock ‘n’ roll star power in two great shows. Fast forward to today, and Joe Satriani wants no part of a Van Halen Tribute in any way shape or form. Can you blame him? It’s been a mess from the beginning with rumors and people who should have no say in the matter putting their two cents in- Jason Newsted to Sammy Hagar and war of words with the David Lee Roth camp.
It’s a shame this has gotten so out of hand. Wolfgang Van Halen has handled it like a champ and should be the last line of defense of any show in the future. My suggestion is to leave Wolfgang alone for a while and to figure out the best way to make any tribute an epic show that we will all enjoy.
Meeting Eddie Van Halen was a highlight of my life. Backstage at Joe Louis Arena, I was told to wait in this small room. Going into the room, it was clear this was a private Eddie guitar area, and I was seeing in front of my eyes four beautiful guitars. Before meeting Eddie, his manager told me, please if you shake his hand make sure to have a loose grip. I wonder why? Then he added if you squeeze too hard, we won’t have a show. Brilliant! And what a fond memory I will have for the rest of my life. I still hope for a great Eddie Tribute show. I’m just praying it’s all done with respect for the family and the fans and not for profit money making machine