The rock scene worships numerous great guitarists who changed music forever. It all began with the famous blues guitarist Robert Johnson in the 1920s. He was considered the guitarist of devil. Johnson received this nickname because it seemed impossible to his time that a person could master this instrument so well. Therefore, he was said to have made a pact with the devil to become such a master. Decades later, Jimi Hendrix proved that his game could not be of this world. These two models followed a lot of guitarists who set standards in their respective genres. Eric Clapton, Prince, and many other cannot be forgotten as they all achieved outstanding results by playing their instruments.
The heavy metal scene is also full of great guitarists. But one is above all of them. We are talking about Eddie Van Halen. With his family, the Dutchman with the real name of Edward Lodewijk Van Halen once emigrated from Holland to the USA. His father was a big fan of classical music and named his son Lodewijk after his great idol Ludwig van Beethoven. The young Eddie Van Halen first learned the piano before he discovered drums. He decided to switch to the guitar, spurred on by his heroes Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. So he swapped instruments with his brother Alex. The two brothers founded Van Halen and played in this line-up until Eddie’s death.
His Music Was Like A Volcanic Eruption
The band celebrated great success from the first record. But it wasn’t the songs sung by singer David Lee Roth that caused the most attention, but an instrumental piece called Eruption. The name said it all because Eddie Van Halen demonstrated to the music world on Eruption what he was capable of on the guitar for the first time. The piece found its way into the band’s live shows and is still celebrated as a masterpiece today. As he was affectionately known, Fast Eddie rose to become one of the most admired guitarists in the Heavy Metal world. His technique and its speed remained unmatched. The guitarist became a world star through a musical guest appearance.
The Vienna State Opera Will Remember Him
When Michael Jackson recorded his album Thriller, he got what he believed to be the world’s best musicians for all instruments. But only one person was allowed to play the guitar solo on his super hit Beat It, namely Eddie Van Halen. He took his chance and played a solo for the ages. Since then, all guitarists have had to be measured by this standard. Almost Eddie got his name right after all Van Halen was able to play dizzying solos. Eddie Van Halen died last year after a long and severe illness. However, his art will survive. The Vienna State Opera also demonstrated what status he held in the music world. Its director said goodbye to Eddie Van Halen with a large neon sign on the opera’s windows. There the words RIP Eddie appeared. The pictures of this honour went around the world.