Musicians and stars pay tribute to Eddie Van Halen, 'the Mozart of rock guitar'

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The music scene and the stars of the entertainment industry pay tribute to rock legend Eddie Van Halen, who died Tuesday at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer.
"Heartbroken and speechless. My love for family," wrote Van Halen's former bandmate Sammy Hagar on Twitter next to a photo of himself with the guitarist.
David Lee Roth, Van Halen singer from 1974 to 1985, posted a Backstage of himself with the guitarist and tweeted "What a Long Great Trip It's Been .."
Many of Van Halen's fellow musicians and rockers also paid tribute. "Just when I thought 2020 couldn't get any worse, I hear Eddie Van Halen is over. So shocking," wrote Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler. "One of the nicest, down-to-earth men I have ever met and toured with. A true gent and true genius. RIP. So sad. Thoughts go to his brother Alex and his family."
"I was broken when I heard the news of EVH's death," Styx frontman Tommy Shaw said in a statement. "A brilliant musician and a pretty interesting personality. I first met him when we shared a dressing room with you in Germany for a TV music show in the 1970s. Van Halen was new and up and coming, and I watched him amazing guitar practiced riffs in a style I had never seen before. His style influenced a new generation of shredders. It was sad to hear of his health problems but always seemed to get over them. Thank you Eddie for the amazing ones Gifts of your music and live performances History and music fans will remember and appreciate you with the highest esteem. "
Some similarly expressed awe and admiration for Van Halen's innovative guitar playing. "RIP Eddie Van Halen," wrote Madonna's longtime guitarist Monte Pittman. "His technique, his sound and his songs have changed the shape of the music. He was an inspiration to any guitarist who took things to a new level. The music world will never be the same, but he leaves a legacy that will live forever." becomes."
In an interview with EW, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez remembered Van Halen and his legendary Frankenstrat guitar. "I saw Van Halen when they toured San Antonio," said Rodriguez. “I even have one of his replica guitars. I think they only made 300. He's good friends with my friend George Lopez. I wanted to meet him with George to sign the guitar and then he got sick. Which I did What love about him is that he is such an icon. He has his guitar that he made himself. It's an icon. It would be like building my own camera and influencing so many people with a work of art that I each Times after that. "
Van Halen's friend Kenny Chesney posted a long statement on Twitter, recalling his experience with the guitarist. "He was a friend and a hero to anyone who ever picked up a guitar and had a dream," Chesney wrote. "Eddie and his brother Alex joined us on stage at one of our stadium shows in Los Angeles and it was one of the highlights of my touring life in all of my summers on the road. I will never forget that night and how happy we were both to be ours musical paths crossed on stage that night. Rest In Peace to the best guitarist who has ever lived. "
And the actress Valerie Bertinelli, Van Halen's ex-wife and mother of his son Wolfgang, shared a moving message with her ex-husband on Twitter. "40 years ago when I met you, my life was forever changed," wrote Bertinelli. "You gave me the only real light in my life, our son Wolfgang. Through all your challenging treatments for lung cancer you have preserved your beautiful spirit and that mischievous grin. I am so grateful that Wolfie and I were able to hold onto your last moments . I'll see you in our next life, my love. "
More tributes to Van Halen can be found below.
Additional reporting from Omar Sanchez.
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