Alex Van Halen Posts Touching Tribute to His Brother, Eddie
Alex Van Halen, co-founder of Eddie the band that bears her name, paid a short but heartfelt tribute to his younger brother on Thursday morning. Eddie, one of the most iconic musicians in rock history, died Monday at the age of 65 after a long battle with cancer.
"Hey Ed. I love you. See you on the other side. Your brother Al “, it simply says - but is accompanied by a touching black and white photo of the couple as little boys.
The brothers formed the band in 1972 in their hometown of Pasadena, California, where their family settled after the brothers were born in Amsterdam, Netherlands to Dutch and Indonesian parents.
After working under different names, the siblings were joined by singer David Lee Roth and bassist Michael Anthony in the group's first recording, which exploded after appearances by stars in West Hollywood clubs like Gazzarri and The Starwood. They built a reputation on the LA circuit and recorded a demo of Kiss 'Gene Simmons, which Van Halen took to Kiss' manager Bill Aucion, who wasn't interested.
From "Eruption," the solo showcase on Van Halen's self-titled 1978 debut album for Warner Bros., it was immediately apparent that Eddie Van Halen was an instrumentalist to be reckoned with. In just one minute and 42 seconds, the axman detonated a dazzling display of fingerboard knocking, jingling harmonics, lightning-fast licks and smeared diving bomb effects.
Mike McCready of Pearl Jam wrote of this recording in Rolling Stones' 2015 poll of the 100 Greatest Guitarists, in which Van Halen was ranked eighth between Duane Allman and Chuck Berry: “It sounded like it came from another planet ... [I] t was wonderful, as if I'd heard Mozart for the first time. "
The group's first LP, "Van Halen", while not rising above # 19 in the US, was ultimately certified for sales of 10 million copies. The next five multi-platinum albums all reached the top 10; "1984," released in its title year, contained the band's first and only No. 1 single, the synthesizer-driven "Jump," and seventh another 10 million units. Roth left the group in 1985 and achieved even greater chart success with Sammy Hagar, but gradually lost momentum in the 1990s. In the following years they met with Roth for several tours and an album - but by then Van Halen had long since made a name for himself.
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