Eddie Van Halen was born in Amsterdam in 1955 and his family moved to Pasadena, CA in 1962. Eddie’s father was a Jazz performer who played piano, clarinet, and the sax. Eddie and his older brother Alex took piano lessons as kids and were both musically talented. Alex began playing guitar and Eddie took up drums. Soon after Eddie took up guitar himself and loved the sound of the electric guitar that he gave Alex his drum set. Eddie and Alex formed a band in 1972 and 2 years later renamed it Van Halen.
Along with Michael Anthony on guitar and David Lee Roth on vocals, Alex took the drums and Eddie lead guitar and the band was complete. They became a staple in the LA area and their popularity was growing. In the late 70s Warner Brothers signed the band and they hit the top in the 80s. They had great songs like Jump, Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Love, and Hot for Teacher. The bands lead singer David Lee Roth left and Van Halen had to reinvent themselves with new lead singer Sammy Hagar.
Again Van Halen was on top and had another hit album. Eddie also performed with various other artists such as Michael Jackson on the song Beat It, LL Cool J on We’re the Greatest, and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters on Lost Boys Calling. Eddie is one of the best all time guitar players and sadly he lost a long battle to cancer this past week. His band and his awesome guitar play touched millions around the globe. He is a huge loss to music industry but his legacy will forever live on through his countless hits and on stage energy. Rest In Peace Mr. Eddie Van Halen. Be sure and MAKE THE JUMP to the forums and join in the conversation!