I suppose it all depends on the perspective you take. If you take it for what it’s purported to be – a celebration of Eddie and Van Halen’s legacy – it could be fun. On the other hand, if you take it for what it may well be – an obvious cash-grab, and complete bastardization of a once-great band, by a group of players who together have no business calling themselves “Van Halen,” or “Van Hagar” – you might have different feelings on the matter entirely.
Satriani burst on the scene with his 1986 debut record, Not of This Earth. At the time, instrumental guitar music was a bustling scene, loaded with shredders from across the globe, all trying to make a name for themselves, but it was Satriani who stood out.
“Unfortunately, what happens is, most humans have these creative impulses, but then they become obscured by the little voice in their head, insecurities, and fears that cut out the root of their ability to be uniquely creatively inspired. So, I chase those fantasies in my music.”
From a young age, Brian James Fox knew he wanted to play the drums, and after moving cross-country from Milwaukee to California, cutting his teeth on the Orange County club circuit, and making his way in various cover bands to make ends meet, Fox joined forces with starcrossed guitar virtuoso, and former KISS and Black Sabbath alumni, Mark St. John, and David Donato, along with Mark’s brother, Michael Norton, to form White Tiger.
Throughout history, there have been, and there will be many more great guitar players, but there was only one Eddie Van Halen. You see, once every generation or so, we are gifted with a special talent. Someone so different, so otherworldly, so innovative that they completely upend things, and change them forever. Once that happens, there is no going back. It’s impossible. In Eddie Van Halen, for the last forty-plus years, we found that someone.