A guitar solo from Eddie Van Halen was undoubtedly an eruption.
The unbelievable Van Halen guitarist, who kicked the bucket Tuesday after a long fight with throat malignancy at age 65, will forever live on through performances like “Eruption” and his furious riffs in tunes like “Jump” and “Panama” among numerous others. (Furthermore, remember that is him on Michael Jackson’s notable “Beat It.”)
The Recording Academy respected the guitar extraordinary, calling the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer a “virtuoso” and a “genuine guitar saint.”
“During his amazing vocation, Grammy Award champ Eddie Van Halen added to a portion of the world’s most famous music,” the announcement from Recording Academy president and CEO Harvey Mason Jr. peruse. “His touchy guitar playing and way to deal with the melodic cycle cemented him as an irrefutable force in his field and forever settled his place as a genuine guitar legend. The world is fortunate to have seen Eddie’s virtuoso as a guitarist, and we know he will impact and shape exciting music uncertainly.”
Accolades poured in Tuesday, with numerous rockers getting down on the Van Halen organizer for affecting their own music, including Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and even metal band Pantera.
Out of appreciation for the progressive guitarist, here are only seven of his numerous champion performances played on his beloved Frankenstrat.
“Runnin’ With the Devil”
“When It’s Love”
“Hot for Teacher”