I’m sitting here trying to figure out what to write as how do you say goodbye to one of the greatest, most influential guitarists to ever grace us with his presence. I’m actually gutted right now. I know this news is no surprise, but it is still a shock and gut wrenching loss. Eddie Van Halen finally lost his battle with cancer on October 7, 2020 and in a year that has sucked enough already, this news makes the year that much worse. And what is even worse he was only 65 years old. Gone way too soon.
I remember when I heard the Van Halen debut album back in 1978, I don’t think I had heard anything like that before. The song “Eruption” is one of his best solos and put him in a class by himself. That album is still one of my all time favorite records and could quite possibly be argued as one of the best debut albums of all time. Van Halen had 12 albums together and a handful of live albums and he guested on so many songs including Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”.
We always held out hope that we would see Van Halen play one more time on the road, but now I guess it has been decided that there will not be a next time. I don’t know if I could truly express what his music has meant to me over the years, so I will leave you here with “Eruption” and thankfully we have his music to live on forwever.
Rest in Peace Eddie!! You will be missed!