Eddie Van Halen

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Edward Lodewijk Van Halen (born January 26, 1955) is a virtuoso guitarist and a founding member of the hard rock band Van Halen.


  • Probably the only good, honest job I've had would be a paper route.
  • The hell with the rules. If it sounds right, then it is.


  • Practice. I used to sit on the edge of my bed with a six-pack of Schlitz Malt talls. My brother would go out at 7pm to party and get laid, and when he'd come back at 3am, I would still be sitting in the same place, playing guitar. I did that for years — I still do that
    • Eddie Van Halen in April 1996, in an interview with Guitar World, when asked about how he went from playing his first open A chord to playing "Eruption" [[1]]


Eddie was talking with Kurt Loder on MTV's Famous Last Words show circa 1991.

"I don't like doing interviews, I don't like doing what I'm doing right now. I'd rather be at home playing my guitar"

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  • I hate to talk smack about anyone in the band or whatever, but, y'know, Eddie, you know, he's still doing a bit of drinking and everything. There were nights where it was kind of like a rollercoaster, up or down, and myself, I would have liked to have seen him totally clean up if we were gonna take this further.

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