R.I.P. Eddie Van Halen
I can't hardly type this one... When the first album broke, rock changed. No one had ever heard playing like this. Me and my high school friends would argue if the song Eruption was really a synth and not a guitar because "no one could play a guitar so fast." It was real and it was his revolutionary new style of finger tapping with hammer ons and pull offs. They played the same clubs as Randy Rhoads and there was some controversy, even to this day, who invented the technique.
I had a hot young date once and I was showing her my keyboard setup. She asked, "Can you play Jump?" I immediately did and she was so impressed she married me. Unlike rock stars, we remain happily married to this day.
My kids and I are so happy we got to see Van Halen live (w/David Lee Roth back) the last time they played Chicago, about 5 years ago. Down the tube goes all this talk of a reunion of all four originals...
Go listen to the guitar solo in Hot for Teacher if you need to be reminded of his genius. The licks, the speed, with all the quick stops and starts the timing and phrasing is unbelievable, and unlike the slop Jimmy Page would lay down as a solo, there is a beginning, middle and end.
EVH has been on my mind a lot lately as there recently are a slew of guys requesting me to make replacement wood for their Oberheim OB-XAs (the keyboard in the Jump video). Here's one I just did for a man in California.
Bill wrote:Ted, while I agree that, in time, our band will be most triumphant. The truth is, Wyld Stallyns will never be a super band until we have Eddie Van Halen on guitar.
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