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EDDIE VAN HALEN DEAD AT 65

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Mike M, Oct 6, 2020.

  1. Tonetele

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    Really, really sad. Saw him on a PBS interview show interviewed by a woman.
    He came out from Holland, lived in cramped conditions but seemed genuinely happy. Did his display of playing and astounded everyone- came across as a genuinely nice guy and what a talent he was.
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    Well, that's ruined my day.
    Thank you EVH! Rest easy…
     
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    What an amazing find. I'd always heard EVH could play Crossroads note for note, but to actually hear him do it is something else. It's no so much that playing the solo is hard, but the dedication to literally learn it note for note is remarkable IMO.

    Maybe I'm just lazy.
     
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    Well, that was a fierce playing session of VH songs, starting with Runnin' With The Devil and ending with Jump. I rarely play a Strat but today it was a Strat all the way working through the list of VH songs I used to play. And not just any Strat, I played the best Strat I own. Nothing but the best to honour Eddie. I just played along to the songs and backed him up on rhythm, hearing again what an awesomely talented guitar player he was.

    What hit me so hard is that I still think of him as the guy from the 1984 days so to me he was still that age, not a 65 year old. I still feel like I've been punched in the gut but I'm recovering.

    I started following VH when their first album was released and up until the 1984 album. I say I'm a terrible lead guitar player but I can copy a lead solo as long as it's not too difficult. I was never able to play any of Eddie's solos.

    When I played in a power trio, the only VH song I could manage to play was Dance The Night Away and we did a pretty good rendition of that. In later bands there was always another guitarist who played lead and sometimes that guitarist was talented enough to play Eddie's solos. I never was.

    Eddie's death is a reminder that we are all only here for a limited time, and we should make every moment count.
     
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    What a loss for us guitarists.

    In terms of impact on electric guitar for me

    1. Clapton
    2. Hendrix
    3. Van Halen

    R.I.P. Mr. Van Halen
     
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    Damn, not good!

    Thank you, for the Kick A$$ tunes and the original playing style you gave us. Playing and learning was more fun because of you , Stay Rocking !and journey well
     
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    R.I.P.

    Eddie was an inspiration
     
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    One thing I will say: "A Different Kind of Truth" may not be a great VH album filled with hits (I think the closest to comparison would be "Women and Children First"), but it did prove that Eddie was still at the top of his game and could play his arse off. It was seriously the best playing we heard from him in many years. I'm glad he did that before his passing, because with all the trouble with alcohol and everything else that went wrong, he ended his career on a high note.
     
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    just to think of all of those great shows in Shreveport, over so many years, Ed burning down the coliseum with Dave & with Sammy; time waits for no one. Condolences to Alex & to Wolf ...........
     
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    I like that list,,. but you forgot one.
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    I can't add much that hasn't been said already. Just that Eddie was one of those talents, like Hendrix, who literally changed the genre forever and influenced millions of people to pick up a guitar in a vain attempt to sound like him.
    He was an innovator and a brilliant musician. Not just his guitar playing ... he was good on keyboards too and wrote some memorable songs. He was a master of finding great tone and building hybrid guitars to meet his needs, the sound in his head.
    The term genius is overused today but I do think Eddie qualified, just as Hendrix did. I'm sorry he's gone far too soon.
    May he R.I.P.
     
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    Freakin Unreal 2020 - you suck.
     
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    Could be anywhere . On the road from Chicago to Detroit. March 1978.
    They played the Masonic downtown in support of either Montrose or Journey.
     
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    My memory of him is immortalized as that young, brash, energetic player from the late 70's and 80's. Can't say I saw much of him after that until, ironically this year, when I found some recent Youtube interviews. He had matured gracefully (unlike age-denying people like Steven Tyler) and I found a new respect for him and what he had accomplished. Very sad to hear of his passing.
     
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    The very touching tribute to her former husband and father of her son:

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    This brought tears to my eyes.
     
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    So sad to hear! RIP Eddie.
     
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    R.I.P. Eddie The guy was a genius.
    I watched an interview of EVH, and he spoke about meeting Les Paul. He said Les humbly asked him to show him his hammer on technique. That’s when you know you are a legend.
     
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