RIP Eddie Van Halen…
Shocking news to report…Eddie Van Halen, the brilliant, self-taught guitarist who influenced a generation, died today of cancer. He was 65 and, according to Deadline.com, he had been having health problems for a number of years.
Deadline.com had this story, including the post from Eddie’s son and bandmate, Wolfgang Van Halen, who announced the sad news on social media:
Heartbreaking, but music fans around the world share this loss, as Van Halen was not only a brilliant Musician, but he exuded the joy that making music brings to the world.
Deadline.com goes on to report:
“Van Halen was a founding member of the band that bore his name, along with his older brother Alex Van Halen. After moving from Holland to Southern California in the early 1960s, the Dutch brothers teamed with singer David Lee Roth and bassist Michael Anthony to create one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest groups. By 1977, the quartet was signed to Warner Bros Records, and their 1978 eponymous debut album became a breakout smash.”
I want to celebrate his life and music with two songs that sum up their greatness to me…with lead singer David Lee Roth!
Here is the song that introduced them to the world, their iconic smash hit “Runnin’ With The Devil”:
And if you want an iconic song from he band, perhaps nothing will ever top the energized, infectious anthem that was “Jump” – watch the joy on Eddie’s face as he plays:
The band went through lineup changes over the years, but they never stopped rocking, and are one of music’s greatest bands.
RIP Eddie Van Halen…a great talent…