Bingo. Joe’s always going to sound like himself, just as Eddie will always sound like himself, so if you want a flawless replica of Eddie’s playing, some tribute band was probably the place to start.
But, IMO, trying to seamlessly replace a player as game-changing as EVH was kind of feels more disrespectful to his legacy than instead bringing in a like mindedf peer who ma not sound the same,b ut is coming from the same sort of place. Both guys always look like they’re having a blast on stage and despite all the wild stuff they may layer on top, they’re playing amped-up rock and roll. It feels right.
Besides, as a huge Satch fan… when he’s playing this sort of pure groove rock and roll with Chickenfoot or with this tour, it seems like he tends to do less of that in his own music and gets a little more adventurous, and I LIKE that. I think his solo music improved when he had Chickenfoot as an outlet and stopped trying to write instrumental Led Zep tunes with one or two “color” notes in the melody.