Today the terrible news has just broken that Eddie Van Halen has passed away. This legendary guitarist brought much innovation to the world of guitar, not only with his playing, but also his constant strive for innovation with the guitar itself.
Eddie Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen formed the band that carried his family name in California in 1972, along with David Lee Roth on vocals, his brother Alex on drums, and Michael Anthony on bass.
In a statement, this evening his son Wolf said:
“I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning.
“My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss.
“I love you so much, Pop.”
This genius of the guitar, designed and kept pushing the guitar forward. We have his EVH Wolfgang guitars, the D-Tuna, and so, so much more. All thanks to the constant innovation of Eddie. It all started in 1978, when Eddie created the hybrid black-and-white guitar that combined parts from a Fender and a Gibson, transforming the instrument to develop the sound he wanted and needed.
This guitar morphed over the years and became the Frankenstein Strat, or ‘Frankie’, in its red and white striped hand-sprayed finish, with a Floyd Rose trem system that, when Eddie played, the world took notice. His gift to the world was his music, and for guitarists all over the world, he left a legacy that will always be remembered.
We all here at Gearnews salute you Mr Van Halen, you made the world a better place.
RIP Edward Lodewijk Van Halen – January 26, 1955 – October 6, 2020