Eddie Van Halen, 1955-2020

What else can be said about Eddie Van Halen that hasn’t been said a million times before? His technical prowess never felt sterile or stuffy. Unlike a lot of his shredding peers, Eddie never forgot it was rock n’ roll. He kept both feet firmly planted in that dirty blues and boogie tradition while his hands took the guitar to new previously unheard of heights. He inspired a generation of new players, and he looked like he was having a blast the entire time. Here’s Eddie shredding his way into our favorite Van Halen song, “Ain’t Talking Bout Love” from the 1983 US Festival.

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