The three greatest guitarists of the music scene helped honor Eddie Van Halen’s anniversary at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame launch.
“Eddie Van Halen is a brilliantly talented musician,” claims Guns N ‘Roses’ Slash. “His style and sound are completely unique to him. He has had a great impact on playing the guitar. I don’t think anyone has chosen the guitar since 1978 without the influence of Eddie Van Halen in any way. I will miss him playing football and I will miss him as a friend. “
Kirk Hammett echoed the same sentiment, describing Eddie as “great” while recalling the enduring influence of the late rocker. “It̵7;s not that Jimi Hendrix had such a big impact and inspirational guitar player,” explains guitarist Metallica. “He just discovered the simplest thing – his one-line harmonics – and put it into the technical realm that no one even thought possible. He’s like he’s from another planet. “
Tom Morello, best known for years in Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, described Van Halen as “the Mozart of our generation”. “He has the kind of talent that comes once a century. Eddie Van Halen inspired me to play 20,000 hours, to try to get within 100 miles of his mastery of electric guitars. ”
News of Van Halen’s tribute started going viral over a week ago, as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame prepared for the most unique showcase in its history. The 2020 event was originally scheduled to take place in May, but was postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, a virtual event featuring pre-recorded segments was broadcast as part of a special HBO show.
As part of the memo segment, strong admiration from Slash, Hammett, and Morello was broadcast while Eddie Van Halen’s archive footage was shown on screen. The legendary guitarist, who passed away on October 6 after his battle with cancer, was introduced into the Hall along with the other members of Van Halen in 2007.