RIP: Eddie Van Halen

We get an extra musical interlude to mark the passing of a great guitar player. Eddie Van Halen passed away on Tuesday; he had cancer. Two songs. One long, and one short.

In 2012, he was voted number one in a Guitar World magazine reader’s poll. I don’t think that means he was the GOAT, but that he was most popular. And while I don’t think he was the Greatest of All Time, he was no slouch. The first song we have today showcases his ability, without the insanity I sometimes associate with the group Van Halen.

This song is “Respect The Wind” by Eddie Van Halen and Alex Van Halen from the Soundtrack to the movie Twister.

Born: January 26, 1955, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: October 6, 2020, Santa Monica, California, U.S.

Full name: Edward Lodewijk van Halen

And here is a short selection from the band Van Halen, “Eruption” which was #2 on a Guitar World reader’s poll of Best Guitar Solos.