The Sad information now’s that Eddie Van Halen, the renowned lead guitarist of iconic rock group Van Halen, has died, in line with a social media publish by his son. He was 65.
“He was the best father I could ever ask for,” his son, Wolf Van Halen, wrote in a note posted to Twitter
. “Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift.”
Wolf Van Halen, Eddie and Valerie Bertinelli’s son, stated his father died after a “long and arduous battle with cancer” on Tuesday morning. Van Halen went on to marry actress Janie Liszewski in 2009.
“My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss,” he added.
Bertinelli wrote on Twitter
that her life modified 40 years in the past when she met the guitarist.
“You gave me the one true light in my life, our son, Wolfgang,” the actress wrote. “Through all your challenging treatments for lung cancer, you kept your gorgeous spirit and that impish grin.
“I’m so grateful Wolfie and I have been capable of maintain you in your final moments. I’ll see you in our subsequent life my love.”
Eddie Van Halen, whose full name was Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, and his brother Alex Van Halen began performing together as teens, but formed the core of what would later become Van Halen after meeting David Lee Roth.
Over four decades, Van Halen released more than a dozen albums together.
leisure/eddie-van-halen-achievements-trnd/index.html”>Van Halen’s guitar wizardry anchored the band through four turbulent decades of platinum albums, sold-out tours and a revolving door of lead singers, from Roth to Sammy Hagar to Gary Cherone and back to Hagar and Roth again.
His solos crackled like lightning and powered all the band’s signature songs: “Runnin’ With the Devil,” “Panama,” “Hot For Teacher,” “Why Can’t This Be Love?” and of course “Jump” — their solely No. 1 hit — which topped the pop singles charts in 1984.
Van Halen additionally famously lent his guitar chops to Michael Jackson for “Beat It,” the smash 1983 hit from the landmark “Thriller” album that melded Jackson’s silky pop with a harder rock edge.
Speaking to CNN in 2017 after making a charitable contribution to help raise money for school music programs, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer noted the role music has played in his story.
“My entire life has been music,(*65*)I couldn’t think about the rest.”
In a tribute for Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists, Van Halen, who was No. 8, wrote that Eric Clapton (No. 2) was “principally the one guitar participant who influenced me — although I do not sound like him.”
He added: “… what impressed me, what made me decide up a guitar, was his early stuff. I may play a few of these solos now — they’re completely imprinted in my mind. That blues-based sound continues to be the core of contemporary rock guitar.”
As news of Van Halen’s death broke, his friends and fellow musicians paid tribute to the one-of-a-kind talent. Hagar wrote on Twitter
that he was left “heartbroken and speechless.”
Gene Simmons of KISS wrote on Twitter
: “Eddie was not solely a Guitar God, however a genuinely stunning soul.”
Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott said he saw Van Halen band perform in 1977 and that Eddie Van Halen “reinvented guitar playing
similar to Jimi Hendrix had completed a technology earlier.”
Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath called Van Halen “one of many nicest, right down to Earth males I’ve ever met and toured with.”
, Ted Nugent stated: “Thank you Eddie for vitalizing enriching and stimulating our lives along with your brilliance items and imaginative and prescient. Jam on my good friend. Jam on.”