Joe Satriani Says He ‘Doesn’t Belong’ On Van Halen Tribute Tour

After weeks of discussions with Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth about taking part in an Eddie Van Halen tribute tour, guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani says he “doesn’t belong” on the trek. But he’s suggesting someone who does.

After watching Wolfgang Van Halen play three of his dad’s classic songs at the Taylor Hawkins tribute concerts, Satriani says he’s certain Eddie’s offspring is the man for the job. “When I saw Wolfgang playing, I thought it was the most natural, beautiful thing I’d seen in a long time,” Satriani says. “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.”

Eddie Van Halen died in October 2020 following a struggle with mouth cancer. He was 65 years old.