"The ultimate guitar hero" – Blackmore, Page, Schenker, May, Satriani, Vai and more pay tribute to Eddie Van Halen

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The loss of Eddie Van Halen (opens in new tab) is the passing of one of the all-time guitar greats, a player whose influence is difficult to fathom. Few guitarists blazed a trail with such fire and finesse as Eddie, and the guitar world has responded in kind to his loss with an outpouring of love and respect. 

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As a kid who’s life was forever altered when the needle dropped on the fade in of Running With The Devil. I dreamed that one day I could earn my own stripes. But those stripes are only and forever Edward’s. Today, 40 years later, I can only mourn those Stripes. Once upon a time in Hollywood, recently, while recording the latest Extreme album in my home studio I got a call to come down to the front of my house, that someone is asking for me. I was like, damn that’s annoying as I was in the zone cutting a guitar solo to a new song called RISE. I dropped my guitar and headed down. I walk out and... I was being summoned by the one and only... Edward. As usual I got a warm hug and kiss from Eddie. Even as a God, he always made you feel important. He was in great spirits. A proud dad, bragging about how Wolfie’s new solo album is gonna blow minds, etc... What’s cool though, was the last thing Eddie talked about. He said he was super excited about reaching out to Michael Anthony to finally put the original VH lineup back together. Saying that he wanted to do one final tour and have Van Halen go out the way they came in...Together... Guns Blazing! Finally as Eddie said his goodbye, he asked about the new Extreme album that we were recording up in the house. As we hugged, he says: “I’ll be back to listen to it when you’re done, and with a sinister raspy laugh , adds “it better be good “. Finished it. Then. PANDEMIC. Man, I was like a kid, counting the Covid Days down to when I could blare the new Extreme album in the studio, sitting side by side with My Hero, the GOAT, selfishly wanting to play him all the new guitar work that shamelessly, but with pride has his DNA all over my playing. I guess that moment wasn’t meant to be... It’s incredible how as a young player, your guitar chord, is the umbilical chord that intimately connects you to someone you may never meet, moreso than even someone in your own family. At the drop of a needle or the touch of a space bar. They are there for you 24/7. As Eddie was... and forever will be. Thank you for shaping who I am today. Love you, Edward. You are the ONE. #edwardvanhalen Nuno (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by @nunobettencourtofficial on Oct 8, 2020 at 8:37pm PDT

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What a Long Great Trip It’s Been.. David Lee Roth (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by @davidleeroth on Oct 6, 2020 at 5:57pm PDT

Heartbroken and speechless. My love to the family. Sammy Hagar (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by @sammyhagar on Oct 6, 2020 at 1:12pm PDT

No words...Heartbroken, my love to the family💔 Michael Anthony (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by @mad_anthony_bassman on Oct 6, 2020 at 4:01pm PDT

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~ 💔💔💔 Eddie Van Halen ⭐️ RIP Adam Jones (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by @adamjones_tv on Oct 6, 2020 at 1:18pm PDT

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the GOAT. RIP, Eddie Van Halen. 👑 Mateus Asato (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by @mateusasato on Oct 6, 2020 at 12:55pm PDT

One of the greatest guitarists of all time! Rest in peace Eddie Van Halen Matt Bellamy (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by @mattbellamy on Oct 6, 2020 at 1:24pm PDT

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RIP #EddieVanHalen Slash (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by @slash on Oct 6, 2020 at 2:24pm PDT

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RIP😞 #eddievanhalen Tosin Abasi (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by @tosinabasi on Oct 6, 2020 at 1:53pm PDT

What a player. One I doubt we’ll see the likes of again. Rest in peace Eddie. ❤️ Joanne Shaw Taylor (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by @joanneshawtaylor on Oct 6, 2020 at 1:29pm PDT

Take a bow, Eddie. You changed guitar playing for all of us 👑 Bare Knuckle Pickups Official (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by @bareknucklepickupsofficial on Oct 6, 2020 at 1:08pm PDT

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