Alex Van Halen's idea of Van Halen tribute tour in honor of his late brother Eddie is apparently still a possibility.
Last week, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted said that he was asked to participate in the reunion along with Alex and guitar legend Joe Satriani.
Satriani was asked about it during the Rock of Nations With Dave Kinchen podcast. Satriani said he's been talking with Alex and David Lee Roth about it for a year.
Satriani said, "For me, it was a terrifying, but I realized that it was something that would be a real labor of love for me. I was just so honored to take on the challenge. It's very complicated and all I can really say about is that if it does happen I know we'll make it the greatest thing ever for the fans and we'll all celebrate together, not only the great Eddie Van Halen, but the legacy that that band created -- the amazing amount of music and the goodwill and good vibes they created as a band."
Satriani also said that he was somewhat surprised Newsted made it public since they were all sworn to secrecy. Having played in Chickenfoot with Sammy Hagar, Satriani more or less dodged the question.
As of now, there’s no word on who would play bass. However, since Alex reached out to Newsted, that could mean original Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony wouldn’t be part of it. There’s also no word about Eddie's son Wolfgang Van Halen, who was part of the band's most recent incarnation.
Stay tuned for more.
[Source: Classic Hits Today]