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    STEVE VAI: 'It Was A Complete Honor To Be Able To Play' EDDIE VAN HALEN's Parts With DAVID LEE ROTH
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    Steve Vai, who joined David Lee Roth's post-VAN HALEN band more than 35 years ago as lead guitarist, spoke to "CMS Music" about the musical influence and impact of legendary VAN HALEN axeman Eddie Van Halen.

    He said: "I'm not unlike the average Edward fan in that he really had an effect. For Edward fans that really were touched by him, it's inexplicable, obviously; you can try to use words, but it doesn't really work.

    It's like that with many things.

    I have a different position in that, yeah, one might say that I replaced the guitar behind the voice, but that's just academics to me," he continued.

    "When it comes to the way I felt about Edward and the mourning of his loss, I'm a fan, like everybody else, and I feel the way they do.

    But I know, also like many people, everything in this world is coming and going and coming and going and coming and going.

    And if it doesn't go, it only means you went before it. And we just don't know when. So that's something that helps me to get through loss, because it's gonna happen.

    But it was a beautiful, beautiful, amazing ride that he had, and he just delivered so much.

    And he had a great run. It's not like he died at 27. And we don't wanna see anybody like that go; we wanna squeeze every note out of 'em. [Laughs]

    "For me, it was a complete honor to be able to play those parts," Steve added.

    "If you're a guitar player and you're a fan of that band, you know that those are some of the coolest guitar parts written in rock and roll, because they're like perfect little arrangements; they fall so well on your hands.

    They'll never sound like Edward, but they're great songs to play on the guitar 'cause they're complete.

    And you become a better player. Especially the position that I was in where I was playing his parts to his fans, so I had to pay deep respect to those parts, and in so doing, I discovered a really great ride there because you have to focus; it has to improve your playing.

    So I was really lucky in all that."

    Vai previously spoke about his years as the guitarist in Roth's solo band, alongside former TALAS bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Gregg Bissonette, in a 2016 interview with The Press-Enterprise.

    "When I heard Roth was looking for a guitarist, I just knew it was going to be me," Steve said.

    "Billy Sheehan had recommended him to me, and I coveted the position. In my early days, I would wonder if I could get a gig. I figured I would go for it and tried out with Alice Cooper, KISS and others.

    But for some reason, I just knew this would be my gig and I would just have to wait for it. Sure enough, I got the call."

    Even though Steve knew his technique would be compared to that of Eddie Van Halen, he never let the pressure get to him.

    "You don't compete with Eddie Van Halen," he said. "He was a monolith and brought so much inspiration for me. He's a genius."
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    Not a fan of Vai as a player (obviously he's great, just not my cup of tea), but he seems like an incredible human being.
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    He really is.

    And this song is just perfection.



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    Too bad Satriani was too pussy to play Ed's songs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    Too bad Satriani was too pussy to play Ed's songs.
    That wasn't the case.

    I also dont think we need to turn this thread into a shit on anybody thing.
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    Vai is a very good follow on Instagram, he posts some really cool stuff. he's a great guitarist, great guy from what I can tell. I enjoyed his work with Dave, he was great on both the disks he did with Dave. I loved that fire guitar he played during the Goin Crazy video. this was a nice read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MF5150 View Post
    I also dont think we need to turn this thread into a shit on anybody thing.
    You're right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James in New York View Post
    "When I heard Roth was looking for a guitarist, I just knew it was going to be me," Steve said.

    "Billy Sheehan had recommended him to me, and I coveted the position. In my early days, I would wonder if I could get a gig. I figured I would go for it and tried out with Alice Cooper, KISS and others.

    But for some reason, I just knew this would be my gig and I would just have to wait for it. Sure enough, I got the call."
    WOW! Steve was very confident he would get the gig with Roth!

    Steve Vai is my favorite living guitar player now that EVH is gone. I love his 2 albums with Roth. I am looking forward to Vai's new solo album!
    Right Now you're reading my post!


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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    Too bad Satriani was too pussy to play Ed's songs.
    No. What would we have gained from Satch playing "When It's Love?" He wouldn't have played it as well as Ed, ppl would've complained, yadi, yadi, yada.

    I want to hear Satch playing Satch parts. Which I did.
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    Vai said it was a complete honor. I wish the Chickenfoot guy thought the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Dreamer View Post
    No. What would we have gained from Satch playing "When It's Love?" He wouldn't have played it as well as Ed, ppl would've complained, yadi, yadi, yada.

    I want to hear Satch playing Satch parts. Which I did.
    I would have liked to hear one Van Halen song in the encore. I liked what Damn Yankees did. They did one Ted Nugent song, one Night Ranger song and one Styx song in their encore.
    Right Now you're reading my post!


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    Van Halen wasn't not played during CF's live shows because of anybody's lack of ability or lack of respect for Edward van Halen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MF5150 View Post
    Van Halen wasn't not played during CF's live shows because of anybody's lack of ability or lack of respect for Edward van Halen.
    Then why was it not played?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    Then why was it not played?
    I don't really care.

    I'm not even sure why thats relevant in this thread.
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    I would've done the same - if you have enough songs to play, why bother? Who wants to get in the middle of yet another van halen internet war? Joe was 100% right. Very little upside, lots of downside. Wise decision. He covered Deep Purple, which is another generation, so you get a more recent player's take on a classic. Had he covered VH it would've been another shouting match online. We don't need that.
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