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Edward Van Halen RIP

GreenBayLA ·
I know this isn't sports per se but a lot of us grew up listening to Van Halen music and still do. Eddie played like no other, I love the classic DLR lineup. Eddie Van Halen -- the legendary guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen -- has died after a long battle with throat cancer ... TMZ has learned. Sources directly connected to the rock star tell us ... he died at St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica Tuesday. His wife, Janie was by his side, along with his son Wolfgang and Alex, Eddie's...
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Goldie ·
😢 🎸
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Boris ·
2020...I got 1 thing to say....
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Chongo ·
Riff from Ain't Talkin' Bout Love one of the top 10 greatest of all time, Panama up there too.
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El-Brundlefly-Bong ·
Well shit
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pkr_north ·
holy shit. still remember seeing them in concert, he had the baddest-ass solo I have ever experienced. rip indeed. wow, didn't even know he was ill like that.
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YATittle ·
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packerboi ·
Incredible artist. Just amazing. I heard a rumor it was the steel picks he used to put in his mouth that he blamed for his cancer. Regardless, to cancer. RIP Eddie.
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Timpranillo ·
To me Fair Warning is his (and Van Halen's) best work. The opening to Mean Street may not be Eruption, but man it absolutely kills. Unchained is for my money the best song VH did. His first foray into the keyboards. Hear About It Later and So This Is Love? are great. Their first 6 albums were as good as any 6 album run. And he married my first celebrity crush...
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YATittle ·
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Pakrz ·
Legend.
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Brak ·
Changed the face of an entire genre of music. VH 1 was just crazy. Personally I have Women and Children First as favorite. Yep. 2020 can suck a 2020.
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Boris ·
Yes that's high end Tequila in that shot glass Cheers Eddie
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MNPackman ·
Me as well, although I was not a big Van Halen fan because I can't stand DLR, but Eddie was definitely an all timer.
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PackerHawk ·
Lived a great life including 21 years with Valerie Bertinelli. Can't complain about that!
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bvan ·
Great pic of Eddie and GB guitar player Jimmy Crimmins when Jim was working at the Hollywood guitar center.
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Chongo ·
EVH wrote the famous guitar shred for Michael Jackson's Beat It, another all time great riff, in about 15 minutes. He was a true virtuoso of rock guitar. Hopefully in his death, he will get more attention. People today have little concept of listening to an entire album start to finish. I wore out copies of I, 1984, OU812 and For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. VH was a big part of the soundtrack of my youth.
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Timmy! ·
One of my favorite EVH memories was when he sat in with Letterman's house band on Late Night . He played the opening parts of "Jump" on Paul Shaffer's keyboard, which, as far as I know, the only time anyone other than Shaffer played them. There's a blip of it at the beginning, but it starts at about :43.
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lovepack ·
Icon is too small a word. RIP
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Boris ·
Steel picks causing cancer? Possibly, but I doubt it. Makes me smile because that's something Eddie would definitely say....I'm going to go with he smoked like a friggin train & lotsa hard alcohol too. pharyngeal pouch or esophageal diverticulum -- Know what that is? It's a little pouch that can collect & hold alcohol (or anything else). How do I know this? My Step Dad died of throat cancer & he drank the hard stuff like Ozzy or Keith Richards amounts. Doctors believe if you...
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YATittle ·
A source close to Van Halen told PEOPLE that the guitar hero had a rapid decline in health over the past three days and that the cancer had "spread to all his organs." His wife Janie Liszewski, son Wolf and ex-wife Valerie were by his side at the time of his death. Earlier this year, his former bandmate David Lee Roth told Las Vegas-Review Journal that Van Halen was not doing well. The iconic guitarist had battled cancer for more than 10 years, according to TMZ. He previously defeated tongue...
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El-Brundlefly-Bong ·
A Van Halen fan at a young age, loved the Roth years (saw Roth at the Dodge Co. fair when I was to young to buy beer, but buying beer for the ladies anyway). Women and Children First is my favorite Roth years album. Big Bad Bill has Eddie and Alex's dad playing on it, great song. But I've grown to like the Hagar stuff better. Hot Summer Nights is my favorite song by VH. The tone changed and musically they went farther with Hagar. It's all in 5150, OU812 and FUCK (Balance was not great). Not...
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Iowacheese ·
Part of my youth died today
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artis ·
I was 9 when VH1 came out. My two older brothers played that record repeatedly. Like many, I can hear that record note for note in my head. And also like so many millions, my life and significant memories are totally intertwined with Van Halen's music. So many experiences with so many people where I can vividly recall Van Halen as the soundtrack. Had a good 2 hours earlier where I cranked up the living room stereo and even 40 years later I'm still amazed at how good they were, and of course...
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Iowacheese ·
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bvan ·
LOL, from a FB post... Kim Slye Years ago, Jimmy told me that Ed used to show up there with a 12 pack and just hang out playing guitar until Valerie would call, asking for him. Ed would say, "Tell her I just left." 2020 just keeps on sucking more and more every fucking day !
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Boris ·
https://www.yahoo.com/entertai...ibute-002112151.html
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Chongo ·
Loved EVH recount of when David Lee Roth left the band, and did so in the shittiest way possible, basically told EVH "I'm bigger than this band," EVH says "I told Roth, next time you talk to me like that, you better be wearing a cup."
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YATittle ·
Yet, Roth came back years later... presumably with his cup on.
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packerboi ·
Very nice Valerie:
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Scott Catron ·
Is there a better opening track on a debut album than "Runnin' With the Devil"?
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Tdog ·
as a youngster teenager I heard Runnin' With the Devil on the radio and my jaw hit the ground. the next time I could I asked about the band at the local record store. VH was so new the guy hadn't even heard of them - I had him order the LP. the rest is history.
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Pikes Peak ·
I'm old, never got it, I'm more of a Albert/BB King, Scotty Moore, Chuck Berry guitar kind guy. ONe good note instead of pyrotechnics. But after hearing all the rave reviews here and elsewhere I feel I need to give him and them a new listen.
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Timpranillo ·
Not saying they are better, but in the team picture. Welcome to the Jungle - GNR Head Like A Hole - NiN Blister in the Sun - Femmes Radio Free Europe - REM Good Times Roll - The Cars More Than a Feeling - Boston Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Good Times, Bad Times - Zeppelin
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Herschel ·
Eddie wasn’t the first guy to use tap techniques, but he took them to a whole new level and made them popular. He was also considered a kingmaker in the guitar business. His gear choices and emulators shaped the industry for about eight years. Numerous interesting bits have resurfaced in the last day. One was that Eddie and Alex had wanted Sass Jordan to replace Sammy but their managers talked them in to Gary Cherone because they didn’t think a female singer would go over with the old school...
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artis ·
Watched an interview he did 3 years ago. He talked about him and Alex seeing everyone they could at the Forum. He said they went to see Zeppelin and noticed Page tapping with one hand, with the other hand in the air. He decided then he would try both hands and see what happened. He didn't invent it, but he opened a floodgate of possibilities, and deserves all credit for that.
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The Heckler ·
Damn 2020 we cry freaking uncle already enough! I didn't truly appreciate how good he was until I saw him play in person i think in GB in 1984. Wow is the only word I have to this day. As for my favorite VH album it is VH2 and 1984 a close second (graduated in 84)
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Music City ·
Our guitar player was a total EVH disciple. Cut his teeth on learning his riffs (very underrated part of EVH’s genius). The musical genius of EVH spawned the entire 80s decade of rock guitarists... every band had to have a virtuoso guitar player finger tapping and whammy barring, flying up and down the fretboard. The Brown Tone is easily the most iconic and recognizable guitar tone in music. Musically, the Van Hagar era was their finest. But I always gravitated to the early stuff. I was just...
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Music City ·
Like a lot of sports discussions, it has to be remembered in context. At the time EVH entered the scene, there was no one sounded like that. No one ever played like that. 10 years later, everyone did. But it was a seminal moment, like the invention of the piano, or the appearance and evolution of Ragtime and Jazz in the late 19th Century, which eventually gave birth to the Blues, spawning the modern era of pop music and it’s twists and turns. These little moments influence about 95% of the...
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MichiganPacker2 ·
Sweet Child of Mine - GNR Sunshine of Your Love - Clapton/Cream
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Packy ·
Clapton was still active in the 80’s+. I liked Van Halen but never that much into them. I listened to Eruption today and was blown away. Wow!
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Brak ·
Rick Beato has some really good YouTube content. What makes this song great #22.
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Music City ·
Metallica- Hit the Lights AC/DC (reinvented with Brian Johnson): Back in Black Alice In Chains - We Die Young (prophetic) Pearl Jam - Once
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lovepack ·
Within a few minutes of their debut album, Eddie told a whole planet full of guitarists you're doing it wrong. Game changer. Forget 8th notes, 16th notes, 32nds, 64ths, arpeggios, triplets. Throw it out. You could increase your output by multiples using the fingering style he perfected. The great Randy Rhoads has said seeing EVH inspired him. High praise from a truly great player himself.
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Boris ·
Not disagreeing, just adding to the list of first songs on an album Them Bones - AiC Dirt "Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)" - Def Leppard Pyromania
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Pakrz ·
I'll throw in Motley Crue's first album, Too Fast For Love, with the first track being Live Wire.
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YooperPackfan ·
King Crimson’s In the Court of the Crimson King- 21st Century Schizoid Man
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YooperPackfan ·
They’re talking debut albums
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Chongo ·
My sister was at this show....digitized from old 8mm
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PA green & gold ·
I was studying in London in 1974. I heard Eric Clapton and Cream live. Everything since has been compared to him for me.
 
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