Guitar Great Eddie Van Halen Dies At Age 65


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By:  john-russell  •  2 weeks ago  •  21 comments

Guitar Great Eddie Van Halen Dies At Age 65

Van Halen's son announced his father's death on Twitter today

Rolling Stone article upon Eddie Van Halen being named the 8th greatest guitarist of all time


Eddie Van Halen

When I was 11, I was at my guitar teacher’s place, and he put on “Eruption.” It sounded like it came from another planet. I was just learning basic chords, stuff like  AC/DC  and  Deep Purple ; “Eruption” really didn’t make sense to me, but it was glorious, like hearing Mozart for the first time.

Eddie is a master of riffs: “Unchained,” “Take Your Whiskey Home,” the beginning of “Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Love.” He gets sounds that aren’t necessarily guitar sounds – a lot of harmonics, textures that happen just because of how he picks. There’s a part in “Unchained” where it sounds like there’s another instrument in the riff.

A lot of it is in his hands: the way he holds his pick between his thumb and middle finger, which opens things up for his finger-tapping. (When I found out he played that way, I tried it myself, but it was too weird.) But underneath that, Eddie has soul. It’s like  Hendrix  – you can play the things he’s written, but there’s an X factor that you can’t get.

Eddie still has it. I saw  Van Halen  on their reunion tour two years ago, and the second he came out, I felt that same thing I did when I was a kid. When you see a master, you know it.   By Mike McCready of Pearl Jam

Key Tracks:  “Eruption,” “Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Love,” “Hot for Teacher”


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1  author  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

2  Tessylo    2 weeks ago

No shit?!  That comes as a shocker.  Any word on what he died from?  65 is still relatively pretty young.  

2.1  MonsterMash  replied to  Tessylo @2    2 weeks ago
Any word on what he died from? 

Throat cancer

Trout Giggles
3  Trout Giggles    2 weeks ago

Holy crap! He was young!

4  Gsquared    2 weeks ago

Terrible news

5  author  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago
BREAKING: Eddie Van Halen, legendary guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen, has died of cancer at age 65, his son says on social media.
6  Kavika     2 weeks ago

RIP Eddie.

Release The Kraken
7  Release The Kraken    2 weeks ago

I finally forgive you for the synthesizer in Jump, RIP!

8  author  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

He smokes like a chimney in the video. I wonder if it was lung cancer.  Lots of people die of lung cancer in their 60's. 

Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
8.1  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  JohnRussell @8    2 weeks ago
I wonder if it was lung cancer.

Yes, it was.  Several years ago, he had part of his tongue removed due to cancer.  This last bout started in his throat.  

I seeded an article about this, but I think the timing of your seed trumps the timing of mine.  Is there a way to transfer the comments from my seed to yours?

pat wilson
9  pat wilson    2 weeks ago

God speed.

9.1  r.t..b...  replied to  pat wilson @9    2 weeks ago

That defines his fingers. First Bob Gibson and now Eddie Van Halen, two flame throwers gone but not forgotten. 

lady in black
10  lady in black    2 weeks ago

RIP Eddie, you were a big part of my teen years.  

11  Tacos!    2 weeks ago

TMZ is reporting he had throat cancer that had spread into other parts of his body. Eddie smoked, but reportedly, he suspected the cancer came from his practice of holding a metal pick in his mouth.

11.1  MonsterMash  replied to  Tacos! @11    2 weeks ago
he suspected the cancer came from his practice of holding a metal pick in his mouth.

Yeah right, It had nothing to do with smoking 3 packs of cigarettes' a day for over 45 years.  It's all the metal picks fault. 

11.1.1  Tacos!  replied to  MonsterMash @11.1    2 weeks ago

Yeah, I'm not sure how that would work either, unless he was sucking on a uranium pick.

Perrie Halpern R.A.
12  Perrie Halpern R.A.    2 weeks ago

Really sad news. Died so young. RIP

Paula Bartholomew
13  Paula Bartholomew    2 weeks ago

Where I didn't go in for his music very much, I know what a talent he was.  The loss to the music industry with his passing is truly tragic.  RIP Eddie.

Hal A. Lujah
14  Hal A. Lujah    2 weeks ago

Damn.  Why couldn’t it have been Sammy Hagar?

15  Kathleen    2 weeks ago

Even though they were not my favorite kind of band, I am sorry to hear this.

16  Freewill    2 weeks ago

Loved Van Halen in high school, college, and to this day, even through the Sammy Hagar era.  Eddie will surely be missed by fans all over the world.  Rock & Roll has lost a legend.  RIP Eddie!


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