Everyone has a story about the first time they heard him. The first time they heard it. That tone…that indescribable sound…seemingly impossible runs of notes pouring forth in a torrent that would ignite the imagination of thousands of kids to pick up the guitar and figure out what they could do, if they could only play like him.
There are hundreds, thousands of great guitar players…amazing guitar players. But players that changed the landscape of music? Hendrix, certainly. Iommi? You can make the argument for sure. But there’s something about the way Eddie Van Halen threw out so many rules and simply made the guitar fly that reaches out and touches everyone who came after him. There may be many giants in the field, but so few legends, and the Earth reverberates with the passing of one so large. Continue reading