Guitar wunderkind Eddie Van Halen is undoubtedly one of the most important rock musicians of the last 35 years. Beginning with Van Halen's 1978 debut, he virtually single-handedly re-invented the entire roc
Randy Rhoads was a phenomenal musician whose skill reduced many budding guitarists to tears of frustration, but even he could be intimidated on occasion. According to Rhoads biographer Andrew Klein, one of those occasions included the first time he watched Eddie Van Halen perform.
Eddie Van Halen didn't even get a mention on Michael Jackson's mega-smash album 'Thriller,' which celebrates it's 31 year anniversary today (Nov. 30), despite having a heavy hand in the success of the third radio single. The guitarist says he did the solo on 'Beat It' for free -- and even wound up re-arranging the song while Jackson was out of the room.
Aside from being one of rock's more distinctive vocalists, Sammy Hagar is a pretty decent guitarist. But for big chunks of his career, he's had the good fortune of not having to lean on his own chops. In fact, he's played with some of the genre's best axemen, including two of rock's greatest living guitarists: Joe Satriani and Eddie Van Halen.
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