Ever since Eddie Van Halen’s untimely passing in October 2020, there have been all kinds of rumors about a tribute performance. However, last week is the first that fans have heard of some sort of potential tribute tour.
In an interview with Palm Beach Post released on April 14, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted said he was contacted by Alex Van Halen about a “possible Van Halen tour”. Newsted also said Joe Satriani was selected by Alex to play guitar.
Palm Beach Post wrote, “Newsted said he agreed to go to California to jam with the guys and see if it felt right, but, deep in his heart, he thought it would be impossible to do justice to the Van Halen legacy. The outlet then quoted Newsted as saying, “How could you? There is no one who can surpass him, so how to show him honor? I didn’t want it to be seen as a money grab. And then everything kind of fell apart.
In an episode of Rock of Nations with Dave Kinchen released today (April 18), Satriani said: “I’ve been talking with Alex and Dave for about a year about doing something – a tour, something like that – that was going to be a real tribute to Eddie and the legacy from Van Halen… “For me, it was a terrifying prospect to do something like this, but I realized it was something that would be a real labor of love for me. I was so honored to take on the challenge.
Satriani added regarding Newsted’s recent comments, “These things always happen in the music industry, and you’re supposed to keep quiet about it because sometimes it just doesn’t work. There’s usually about ten ideas. crazy things going around, and musicians are always like, ‘Okay, I’m not going to say anything about this, because it might not work out. I don’t want to hurt that person’s feelings or disrupt any other business plan. So yeah, we were all pretty shocked that Jason wanted to go public because we had all sworn to shut up.
It is still unknown if this tour will actually take place and if personalities like David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar or Michael Anthony will be involved in any way.
Hagar said in January 2021 of a tribute performance: “It has to happen. Of course it will happen. No one has really connected all the dots with everyone involved, but I’ve been told and read interviews with various people involved – with Wolfie [Wolfgang Van Halen] and Valerie [Bertinelli] and Eddie’s wife [Janie] who he was married to at the time – they all said as soon as it’s over we’re gonna get everybody together and do a tribute or whatever. Just a “thank you”, a goodbye, a farewell. »
Hagar emphatically added, “And it’s an absolute must. I don’t care if it takes 10 years – it will happen. And if we are available to do it, we will.
Hagar would later say in a February 2021 interview, “Anyone who wants to call me and say, ‘Here’s the date,’ I’ll be there. I don’t care where I am. I’ll cancel a show – something Van Halen would never do. I went out sick without being able to sing. Eddie came out with a crutch. Alex came out with a neck brace. We would not cancel the shows. But I’ll cancel my show for an Eddie tribute anytime.
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