Mick Mars Names Two Guitarists That Nobody Can Copy

Mick Mars believes that not even Joe Satriani can do what Eddie Van Halen did with a guitar. In a recent Rock of Nation’s podcast participation, Motley Crüe guitarist shared why no one can duplicate Eddie’s guitar playing with the inclusion of Randy Rhoads. He said:

“No one can ever duplicate (Eddie). No one. I mean, look how many people are trying to imitate Jimi [Hendrix] after all these years. It doesn’t work. You can hit the notes, but you know what? The hands, your feel, the way that you connect with your guitar, or whatever instrument that it is you’re playing is different.”

Mars considers Randy Rhoads to be one of the guitarists who are impossible to imitate. He stressed the difficulties Satriani had playing Eddie’s guitar parts on the ‘The Best of All Worlds’ tour of Van Halen classics. Mars continued by saying nobody can imitate or copy Rhoads or EVH:

“When you get somebody as good as Satriani that goes, like, ‘I can’t play this lick,’ an Eddie lick… He’s Eddie Van Halen. Or he’s Randy Rhoads, dude. You’ll never copy it. You can mimic it, but not copy it. So that’s the way I feel. If you can stand behind a curtain, you can certainly tell who’s who.”

Satriani’s Mishap On the Howard Stern Show

Mars is probably referring to Satriani’s recent troubles trying to play Van Halen’s ‘Mean Street’ on the Howard Stern Show. Although it was unexpected for Satriani to make such mistakes, the incident brought back awareness in the rock world of how unique Eddie’s guitar playing was.

In an interview with Rolling Stone on December 5, Joe Satriani reflected on his hard time trying to play a Van Halen lick on The Howard Stern Show. He said:

“I said, ‘Guys, I haven’t played guitar for a couple of weeks, and I’m not going to be able to practice until a week before. Maybe I’ll listen to some songs, so tell me what songs they are.’ Sam (Sammy Hagar) kept saying, ‘Oh, don’t worry about it.We’re just going to play 30 seconds of this song, 30 seconds of that song, and Howard’s going to ask you about your artwork and all this other stuff.’ So of course, none of that happened because by the time we got there, it was all these other new songs. And I kept saying, ‘Guys, I don’t know these songs, so I’m going to be staring at you.’ If you’ve seen the clips, I’m not facing front. I’m facing sideways because I’m looking for any cue.”

Satriani explained that even though he looked bad on camera, he was okay with it because it ‘woke people up’ about Eddie’s playing. He continued:

“I didn’t have much time, but it was purely a labor of love for me. I just thought, ‘I don’t care if I screwed this up.’ I’m just going to do it because Eddie’s playing was beautiful and people should know that. And if I can wake people up again about Eddie, that’d be great.”

You can listen to the full podcast with Mick Mars talking about Eddie Van Halen and Joe Satriani below.