Eddie Van Halen
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.
I’m alive in the moment and soaking it all up. When the song is finally over, the band approaches the front of the stage to take a bow. The crowd is going apeshit, and it’s just one continuous loud roar. I’m part of that thunder. It’s glorious mayhem. Rock ‘n’ roll triumph. And then, in the midst of this insanity, something spectacular happens. And as much as I’ve been waiting all night for it, I’m still caught off guard when it finally goes down. Bam! Eddie’s eyes fall in line with mine. Radar
(guitarist: Heart) Jon Levin (guitarist: Dokken) Adam Levine (singer/guitarist: Maroon 5) Bill Lonero (guitarist) Steve Lukather (guitarist: Toto) Mick Mars (guitarist: Mötley Crüe) Jim Marshall (founder: Marshall Amplification) Ronnie Montrose (guitarist: Montrose) Gary Moore (guitarist/singer) Tom Morello (guitarist: Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave) Dave Navarro (guitarist: Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers) HP Newquist (founder: National Guitar Museum) Rick Nielsen
that summer, and I got lucky on my first gig. On July 23, 1978, I attended a Bill Graham Day on the Green concert in Oakland, California, where AC/DC and Van Halen were opening for Pat Travers, Foreigner, and Aerosmith. My assignment was to interview Travers. I dutifully showed up, my little tape recorder and carefully prepared questions in hand, and knocked on his trailer. Surrounded by scantily clad hangers-on, Travers looked up just long enough to sniff, “Not today, man,” and dismiss me with a
That first experience seeing him play has stuck with me to this day. Needless to say, Eddie Van Halen instantly became rock ‘n’ roll’s hottest new guitar player. Literally, overnight. Eddie single-handedly revolutionized electric guitar from 1978 on. His combination of technique, melodic sensibility, rhythm, and timing is awe-inspiring. You couldn’t not hear his influence on every young—and in some cases, not-so-young—guitarist immediately after the first Van Halen record came out, and it has
Jimi Hendrix. I first heard him playing over the loudspeaker at a skate park when I was a young kid. I thought, “What is that sound?” It wasn’t long after that I picked up a guitar and became obsessed with learning how to create such unearthly vibrations. I devoured anything guitar-driven from that day forward, and no other artist would have such a profound impact on me … that is, until I heard Van Halen for the first time. I got my first copy of Van Halen while I was in grade school. (I ended