Eddie Van Halen: The Tributes

The death of EDDIE VAN HALEN yesterday (10/6/20) rocked the music community.

Here are some of the tributes that poured in after the news broke:

David Lee Roth: “What a long great trip it’s been.”

Former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar: “Heartbroken and speechless. My love to the family.”

Former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony:  No words . . . Heartbroken, my love to the family.”

Valerie Bertinelli:  “I’m so grateful Wolfie and I were able to hold you in your last moments. I will see you in our next life my love.”

Gene Simmons:  “My heart is broken. Eddie was not only a Guitar God, but a genuinely beautiful soul.  Rest in peace, Eddie!”

(Gene was an early booster of Van Halen, and even helped them record a demo before they got signed.)

Nikki Sixx:  “So [effing] crushed. RIP Eddie Van Halen.  You changed our world.  You were the Mozart of rock guitar.”

Lenny Kravitz:  “Heaven will be electric tonight.”

Flea:  “Oh man, bless his beautiful creative heart.  I love you Eddie Van Halen, an LA boy, a true rocker.”

Black Sabbath guitarist and cancer survivor Tony Iommi:  “He fought a long and hard battle with his cancer right to the very end.  Eddie was one of a very special kind of person, a really great friend.”

Queen guitarist Brian May:  “This wonderful man was way too young to be taken.  What a talent, what a legacy, probably the most original and dazzling rock guitarist in History.”

Metallica:  “We considered him an inspiration, an idol, and after spending a summer together on the road in ’88, a friend.”

Billy Corgan:  “Blessed to have known him just a little . . . sparks flew when he played.”

Alice Cooper:  “Feeling lost today . . .”

Patton Oswalt:  “You just don’t let up, do you 2020?”

Tom Morello:  “One of the greatest, most inventive, truly visionary musicians of all time.  An unparalleled titan in the annals of rock n roll.  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for every spectacular note.”


(Check out more tributes here and here.)


2015 Billboard Awards Photo credit:  Ethan Miller / Getty Images 

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