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“This is the album that really blew me away with Eddie Van Halen’s virtuosity and made me see the potential the guitar held. I’ve rarely heard so much raw energy on a single record – from start to finish, it’s like one giant gust of wind.
“It’s got everything: humor, spontaneity, great songs and dazzling musicality. Considering what was going on with the guitar at the time, it’s pretty amazing how Eddie came along and just shattered the paradigm. When nobody was looking, he rewrote the book.
“When I first heard it, I thought, This is going to take me years and years to grasp. As a player, I started with Ain’t Talkin’ ‘bout Love, which was at least comprehensible. Eruption really did take years. There was a lot for me to work on.
“Even now, I can listen to the album and get inspired. I’ve played it for world musicians, people who don’t know Van Halen from Van Morrison, and every time they've said the same thing: ‘That is a master musician.’”