“This hit me hard. There are lots of great guitar players in the world, but very VERY few true innovators,” Urban wrote. “Players who seem to have arrived from a far distant planet, and who bring a completely new color to the rainbow. Eddie Van Halen was this and so much more. Even without the finger-tapping, you had a player with extraordinary touch, tone, and a rhythmic pocket and bounce that floated like Ali in the ring. He was a master of complex solos that spoke to non-musicians…THAT IS HARD TO DO. The reason was the exquisite melody in his heart and the joy in his soul of playing FOR people — and it came through like a ray of sun we ALL felt.”
“From players like me, all over the world who never got to meet him, I say THANK YOU EDDIE,” he continued. “WE LOVE YOU !!!!!!!”
Van Halen died at the age of 65 following a battle with cancer. The guitarist’s son, Wolfgang Van Halen, shared the news on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.
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