Eddie just set the world alight with his style and technique. Really sad news and my deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans. RIP Eddie Van HalenSaw them perform at Wembley Stadium in 1995. Still, one of my all-time favourite gig memories is 90,000 people all bouncing to Jump. Absolutely devastated. Rest in peace Eddie. The band upstairs is getting bigger all the time. Lemmy, Layne, Hendrix, Pete, Dimebag, Euronymous, Dead, now Eddie. A great musician saw him supporting Bon Jovi at Wembley with my daughter Paula back in 1995 hugely entertaining and great fun is one of the greats.
This is a rough one for my generation. Van Halen (along with Def Leppard) defined rock for us 80s kids in the US. Eddie was a massive musical talent, beyond being a once in a forever guitarist. RIP Eddie Van Halen. As a short solo, in its combination of dynamism, expressiveness, variety, speed, and technique, it remains unmatched. When I first heard it, I didn’t know how it was done. It sounded miraculous, beyond the possibilities of the guitar. After Eddie, everyone started finger tapping. But no one ever quite sounded like him. There was a spontaneous inventiveness about his playing, ease and variation that made others sound like pedestrian workmen. Even though he massively influenced the guitarists who came after him and hugely raised the level of guitar-playing, with hindsight it’s clear that he was a one-off genius.