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Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by naptu2: 3:48am On Oct 07
I watched a documentary in the early 2000s in which he said that he was invited to play on Michael Jackson's song and along the line Michael asked him how much he wanted to be paid. He replied, "How much?? I'll play for free!" He just loved playing.

However, it caused some friction in the band because he didn't tell the rest of the group before playing on the song. He said that he didn't think that it was a big deal and he had thought, "Who would know if I play on this kid's song"?

Eddie Van Halen has died.


Eddie Van Halen: Rock star and guitar legend dies of cancer aged 65

The music world's elite pay tribute to an "astonishing musician", "innovator" and a "genuinely beautiful soul".

Tuesday 6 October 2020 23:15, UK


Eddie Van Halen's style inspired a generation of guitarists


Rock star and guitar great Eddie Van Halen has died aged 65 after a "long and arduous battle" with cancer, his son has said.

In a statement, Wolf Van Halen said: "I can't believe I'm having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning.

"He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I've shared with him on and off stage was a gift.

"My heart is broken and I don't think I'll ever fully recover from this loss.

"I love you so much, Pop."

He is understood to have most recently been diagnosed with throat cancer after first beating the disease in 2002.


The classic four-piece pictured in 1978, just after they were signed


Van Halen formed the band of the same name in California in 1972, with David Lee Roth on vocals, his brother on drums, and Michael Anthony on bass.


They are best known among a mainstream audience for their crossover hit single Jump, with its signature keyboard line.

The record it was taken from, 1984, sold 10 million copies in the US alone - and the band went on to sell more than 50 million albums in their home country.

Other hits include Why Can't This Be Love and Runnin' With The Devil.

Michael Jackson also recruited Eddie Van Halen for the distinctive guitar break on Beat It - a contribution he later said took about 20 minutes.

Van Halen is widely regarded as one of rock's best guitarists and used many of his band's songs to pioneer the finger-tapping style.

In 2012, readers of Guitar World magazine voted him the greatest player ever.


Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth in Chicago in November 1981


Eddie Van Halen had been battling cancer for years

Tributes have come from some of rock's biggest names, with Kiss frontman Gene Simmons tweeting: "My heart is broken. Eddie was not only a Guitar God, but a genuinely beautiful soul. Rest in peace, Eddie!"

Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath said he was "devastated" and posted a picture of the pair.

"He fought a long and hard battle with his cancer right to the very end," said the guitarist.

"Eddie was one of a very special kind of person, a really great friend. Rest In Peace my dear friend till we meet again."

Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson also paid tribute, recalling the band's early impact on the Los Angeles scene.

"I just heard about Eddie Van Halen and I feel terrible about it," tweeted Wilson.

"Eddie was such a great guitarist and I remember how big Van Halen was, especially here in L.A. Love and Mercy to Eddie's family & friends."

Lenny Kravitz added, simply: "Legendary guitar and musical innovator Edward Van Halen. 1955-2020. Heaven will be electric tonight."


Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea tweeted: "Oh man, bless his beautiful creative heart.

"I love you Eddie Van Halen, an LA boy, a true rocker. I hope you jam with Jimi tonight. Break through to the other side my brother."

Whitesnake's David Coverdale called him an "astonishing musician", tweeting: "Thank You For Your Extraordinary Gifts You Chose To Share With Us...Bleep"

Van Halen was first diagnosed with tongue cancer in 2000 and had part of it removed.

In recent years he is understood to have been diagnosed with throat cancer.

In a 2015 Billboard interview, he blamed it on the metal guitar picks he used to hold in the same spot in his mouth.

He told the magazine: "I mean, I was smoking and doing a lot of drugs and a lot of everything. But at the same time, my lungs are totally clear. This is just my own theory, but the doctors say it's possible."

Born in Amsterdam, his family moved to Pasadena in California in the 1960s and a decade later the band were established regulars on the LA music scene.


Van Halen became of the biggest rock bands of the 1980s (pictured in Chicago in 1986)


Their big break came when Warner Brothers signed them in 1977 and their eponymous album was released a year later.

The four-piece became one of the biggest bands of the 1980s but Roth was replaced in 1985 by singer Sammy Hagar, before rejoining temporarily in 1996, and again in 2006.

In 2007, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and released their most recent album, A Different Kind of Truth, in 2012.


Van Halen on stage with his son, Wolfgang, in 2004


Despite the song being unimaginable without it, Van Halen said he was always amused by how many people mentioned his guitar part in Jackson's Beat It - especially as he didn't appear in the video and wasn't credited.

"I think it's funny the way people talk about that," he told Billboard. "It was 20 minutes of my life.

"I didn't want anything for doing that... I literally thought to myself, 'Who is possibly going to know if I play on this kid's record?'"

https://news.sky.com/story/eddie-van-halen-rock-star-and-guitar-legend-dies-of-throat-cancer-aged-65-12094917?dcmp=snt-sf-twitter

Danica McKellar = Winnie on The Wonder Years.

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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by naptu2: 3:49am On Oct 07
The guitar solo begins at the 3:07 minute mark. The way that he made the guitar sound like a door being opened and the thing that he did at the end of the solo are just phenomenal.

Michael Jackson - Beat It (1982).


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRdxUFDoQe0

Michael Jackson, the Jacksons and Eddie Van Halen perform Beat It live on stage in 1984.

(Warning! This was taken from a degraded VHS tape, so the audio quality is very poor).


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShV2Hu8veoE

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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by naptu2: 3:49am On Oct 07
Van Halen was one of the biggest rock bands of the 1980s and this was one of their biggest hits. The instrumental version of this song was used in many TV shows in the 1980s and 1990s and it was also used in WWF wrestling. It is still used in football and it is played before every home game by Olympique Marseille and Brondby. It is also played anytime AC Milan scores a goal at the San Siro.

Segun Odegbami used it as the signature tune of his Serie A show in 1989.

Van Halen - Jump (1983).


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwYN7mTi6HM

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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by joseph1832(m): 6:51am On Oct 07
Wow. Actually thought the dude who played the guitar in Michael Jackson's beat it is Slash, never knew it's this guy.

Frankly I've never even heard of him until now. Always thought Slash of Guns and Roses played for Michael Jackson.

There's Dirty Diana, Give In To Me, Come Together and the likes. Nice to know this anyway.

Rest In Peace to him.

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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by naptu2: 7:00am On Oct 07
joseph1832:
Wow. Actually thought the dude who played the guitar in Michael Jackson's beat it is Slash, never knew it's this guy.

Frankly I've never even heard of him until now. Always thought Slash of Guns and Roses played for Michael Jackson.

There's Dirty Diana, Give In To Me, Come Together and the likes. Nice to know this anyway.

Rest In Peace to him.

Slash played the solo on DS and he also played on the video of Black or White (it was actually slash that played the riff that Macaulay Culkin was dancing to at the beginning of the video).

I often compare Eddie Van Halen's solo on Beat It and Slash's solo on DS, but I can't decide which I prefer.

Slash also played on Give In To Me, but it was a different guitarist on Dirty Diana.

Van Halen were very popular in the 1980s and early 1990s

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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by naptu2: 7:04am On Oct 07

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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by naptu2: 7:10am On Oct 07
They were originally going to interview him about a Guns N Roses pinball machine, but Eddie Van Halen has just died and so the interview ended up being about Eddie.

Here is Slash talking about Eddie Van Halen.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDnv3FXeOKM

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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by joseph1832(m): 7:23am On Oct 07
naptu2:

Slash played the solo on DS and he also played on the video or Black or White (it was actually slash that played the riff that Macaulay Culkin was dancing to at the beginning of the video).
Yikes. I use to believe Slash was the person who played the guitar in all Michael Jackson's songs. Even his live performance.

There was his 30th anniversary celebration where Slash literally killed every song he played his guitar, especially the song before Billie Jean.
I often compare Eddie Van Halen's solo on Beat It and Slash's solo on DS, but I can't decide which I prefer.

Slash also played on Give In To Me, but it was a different guitarist on Dirty Diana.
For me I believe Slash's solo on Give In To Me trumps it all. I didn't even think there's another Guitarist who's better than Slash. To me the person who came close is Steve Vai.

Whoever the guitarist is that played on Dirty Diana deserves a vacation in Heaven.
Van Halen were very popular in the 1980s and early 1990s
I was just a kid then. Never heard of the group before and didn't even know he existed until your thread. Now I know.

Nuff respect to Eddie Van Halen. Dude really rocks.

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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by joseph1832(m): 7:27am On Oct 07
naptu2:
Slash's video tribute to Eddie Van Halen.

https://mobile.twitter.com/GreeceSlash/status/1313673338015932417
em who actually spilled the beans that Eddie Van Halen is the one who played the Guitar in Beat It? Lol

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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by Sonnobax15(m): 7:48am On Oct 07
sad. They even had to say "heaven would be electric tonight"
well, that one na Oga Righteousness business...na Dem be heaven bound personnels abi na candidates self..

MODIFIED; Righteousness never disappoints na once the maga shock me so Tay he comment immediately after me

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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by Righteousness89(m): 7:48am On Oct 07
Condolences..
After all the Hipping and Hopping
After all the Endorsements and Celebrity stuffs
After all the Rocking and High life!
Life is Gone..
His own Rapture has Come!
it's time For Judgement!
It is time to Give Account of the life He Lived to the Almighty Judge of the Universe...

There is a Line that is Drawn by Rejecting the Lord..

Pls let's Fear God and Live this Privilege life to Please HIM
Pls let's Fear God and Live for Him.
Heaven and Hell are Literal places where people enter every seconds.
Forget this talk of " Heaven being Electric tonight "
Whoever dies without JESUS is Screaming and Begging for a Second Chance right now in Hell
If you Miss Heaven! You Cannot Miss Hell!

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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by Favemmzar200(m): 7:49am On Oct 07
Rip legend
Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by chukwuibuipob: 7:49am On Oct 07
sad Good nite
Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by ProfessionalJob(m): 7:50am On Oct 07
May his soul r.i.p
Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by ODJ124(m): 7:50am On Oct 07
kiss kiss RIP to him.....

Indomie Generation won't know him.... grin



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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by omoadeleye(m): 7:50am On Oct 07
RIP to him
Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by BigDawsNet: 7:50am On Oct 07
Classic Legend
Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by inoki247: 7:51am On Oct 07
We don't know him here in Mushin

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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by highdon(m): 7:51am On Oct 07
Rip to the dead
Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by CotenantNIG: 7:51am On Oct 07
I THINK THAT ENTRANCE THING WAS IN THRILLER TOO
Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by kolafijo: 7:52am On Oct 07
rest on....
Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by anonimi: 7:53am On Oct 07
ODJ124:
kiss kiss RIP to him.....
Indomie Generation won't know him.... grin
Thread seen...

Someone replied you properly below.

inoki247:
We don't know him here in Mushin

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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by Realtalk20: 7:54am On Oct 07
naptu2:


Slash played the solo on DS and he also played on the video of Black or White (it was actually slash that played the riff that Macaulay Culkin was dancing to at the beginning of the video).

I often compare Eddie Van Halen's solo on Beat It and Slash's solo on DS, but I can't decide which I prefer.

Slash also played on Give In To Me, but it was a different guitarist on Dirty Diana.

Van Halen were very popular in the 1980s and early 1990s
Slash's solo was way better no contest

If you are a rocker you would know

Well RIP Lord halen

May you prince and jimi rock the other side tonight

May rock n roll angels carry you home

I dedicate the below video titled hard rock hallelujah to you sir


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAh9NRGNhUU

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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by gambia(m): 7:54am On Oct 07
Cancer is a deadly disease. Rip Legend.

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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by ddeola: 7:54am On Oct 07
RIP
Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by anonimi: 7:55am On Oct 07
Sonnobax15:
sad. They even had to say "heaven would be electric tonight"
well, that one na Oga Righteousness business...na Dem be heaven bound personnels abi na candidates self..

It seems you don't know what Jesus Christ said about heaven's eligibility criteria.
Let me see if I can remind you.

Matthew 25 KJV

31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by ignis(f): 7:55am On Oct 07
RIP great Legend
Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by inoki247: 7:56am On Oct 07
anonimi:


Someone replied you properly below.


Lol wetin concern Indomie with Mushin na Fuji we dey hear dere so aw we wan take know him

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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65 by osamz007: 7:57am On Oct 07
I got a bitch on my hip, by the water we lay
The bartender been a friend, I be living okay
In Dominican, sipping tropical rain
I'm timid of fame
It's coming my way like any day now
And all the pretty girls wanna say how they wanna play now
With the captain on playground
OK wow
Rockstar living with that rockstar rhythm Got that rockstar finger for the cop car, bitches

RIP MAN

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