Guitarist Eddie Van Halen dies, aged 65
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Numerous iconic rock musicians such asand paid tribute to the guitarist following the announcement of his death.
Eddie Van Halen was known for his heavy use ofand complex harmonics in his guitar playing, and has been widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists. The guitarist formed Van Halen with his brother in 1972. The band's 1978 self-titled debut peaked at #19 on the and was certified by the (RIAA), having sold over 10 million copies. The band eventually rose to become one of the best-selling musical artists to date. In 2007 they were inducted into the .
The guitarist is perhaps best-known for his guitar solo classical . In an interview with , McCready commented, "he gets sounds that aren't necessarily guitar sounds — a lot of harmonics, textures that happen just because of how he picks.", the second track on the group's debut album. of likened his first time hearing the solo to first hearing
Van Halen had been previously diagnosed withas early as 2000. He was known for his reclusive personality.
- Jim Farber. "Eddie Van Halen, Virtuoso of the Rock Guitar, Dies at 65" — , October 7, 2020
- Stephen Thompson. "Eddie Van Halen, Guitar Hero, Dies At 65" — , October 6, 2020
- Andy Greene. "Eddie Van Halen, Hall of Famer Who Revolutionized the Guitar, Dead at 65" — , October 6, 2020
- Clémence Michallon. "Eddie Van Halen death: Revered guitarist dies aged 65" — , October 6, 2020
- Clémence Michallon. "Eddie Van Halen death: Lenny Kravitz, Billy Idol and more share tributes to iconic musician" — , October 6, 2020