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 fans and Gary’s voice was passable for Sammy and Dave songs and would be popular with them.