The Metal Voice has done a new interview with keyboardist Derek Sherinian from Sons Of Apollo and asked a question about Derek’s collaboration with guitar champion Eddie Van Halen. But interestingly, the story shifted in another direction nobody expected.

In 2006, Van Halen guitarist Eddie involved an unexpected project in which he was making a soundtrack for a movie called ‘Catherine.’ In the recent interview with The Metal Voice, Derek talked about his studio jam and friendship with Eddie, but somehow it’s all related to an unexpected project.

Derek tells:

“It was September 2006 and Edward was involved with this porn director where he did the soundtrack to this high-production porn movie [titled ‘Catherine’] and he became friends with this director.

So, fast-forward, my friend has a club band that used to play on the Sunset Strip, and Van Halen’s fiancee at the time – now his wife – saw this band and thought they would be a great band to play at the party that they were going to hold for the porn movie release [at Edward’s house].

So my friend’s band gets hired, which had some names in the band: [drummer] Brian Tichy, [singer] John Corabi… And my friend knew what a big Van Halen fan I was and said, ‘Derek, you have to do this gig with us.’ And I said, ‘Of course.’

So I had to learn these Van Halen songs and I knew this would be my opportunity to meet Edward. We went to his house the day before to rehearse and Edward was there and it was so surreal meeting him in person.”

On how Eddie Van Halen wanted to jam with Derek, he said:

“He liked the band so much and he said, ‘I want to jam with you.’ He gets his guitar and all of a sudden there is Edward Van Halen with his guitar strapped on across from me and I’m going, ‘Holy fuck, this is amazing!’

We rehearsed through the songs and then he started telling stories and it ended up he and I walked up to his 5150 studio, which was a guest house converted into a full-on recording studio, and I am just blown away. ‘Is this really happening here?’ We played the show the next night and it was very surreal.”

You can watch the entire interview below.