Eddie Van Halen
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Eddie Van Halen is one of the most revolutionary and influential players ever to pick up a guitar. His music, his technique, his passion, and amazing invention continue to energize fans and guitarists around the world. This book focuses on the innovative early years of the band Van Halen, when Eddie burst onto the scene and changed the face of electric guitar playing and melodic hard rock. More than 200 images of Eddie in action both classic and never before seen are complemented by text and testimony from some of the world's great guitarists, music writers, and many others.
those all-important early days of the genre. I can vividly recall the excitement Edward Van Halen created in the late 1970s with his incredible, groundbreaking guitar playing on his band’s debut album. His fantastic technique really did raise that proverbial bar! And, just like the other chaps I’ve mentioned, it wasn’t only his playing but his tone that inspired countless others all over the world. I was both delighted and proud to learn that, just like those before him, Edward’s amp on that
F5 tornado sweeping you off your feet and hurling you hundreds of yards away. Later on, I remember I was asked to go to Eddie’s hotel room because he was upset, and apparently everyone thought I would be best-suited to deal with the dilemma. When I arrived, he was seated on the bed, head in hands. He looked up and said, “The thing is … I mean, what it is, the thing is that … you know what I mean?” It was a confusing series of clues, but in that exchange I realized that even if Edward wasn’t
rarely, if ever, left his hands. I waited for a break in the incredible piece of music he had just played and asked, “Seriously, Eddie, where did that come from?” He looked up at me and I could see him trying to find an answer … and then he looked back down at his hands and said, “I don’t know, Pete. I just hear it in my head.” —Pete Angelus Eddie’s finger-tapping and vibrato work were innovative. It’s something he developed that made him different than all other guitar players. Extremely
respond with, “Okay, Mr. Gazzarri.” The girls would always say to me, “Godfather, could you introduce me to Eddie?” Eddie was the quiet one, but he was the most popular. Eddie would be on one side of the stage, and every week that we played ‘em here, there would be at least fifty girls who would come and pay and sit on Eddie’s side all night long so that they could be near Eddie Van Halen. We’d have meetings every night and I’d say, “You are gonna be the biggest rock-and-roll band to come out
—Mick Mars I remember the day when a friend came to my flat, in our town in Switzerland, and said, “You have never heard anything like this before.” When it came to “Eruption,” we guessed that this must be synthesizer or SOMETHING… Well, we all know now what this “something” was—it was Eddie’s fingers! It was, Welcome to the new world of guitar playing! —Fernando Von Arb Eddie Van Halen is the first guitar player I wanted to emulate as a child. He is youthful, exuberant, cocky, and