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.
Legendary Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen surprised his longtime fans in March, when he hinted at a collaboration with rapper LL Cool J. Now the two tracks resulting from that meeting of the musical minds have leaked online for all to hear.
The relationship between Sammy Hagar and Van Halen has been strained, to say the least, for quite a number of years now. However, in a new interview, the singer and alcohol magnate says that he'd love to try to patch things up with Eddie Van Halen.
Legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen recently confounded some of his longtime fans by tweeting a photo of himself sitting at the board of a recording studio with rapper LL Cool J, accompanied by a single cryptic line of text that read, "Authentic 4.30.13." When the rapper posted the same picture, it touched off fevered speculation about a collaboration between the two performers. Now that cross-genre alliance has been confirmed, as the first audio clip of a track they recorded together has leaked online.
All signs point not just to a full recovery and return to the road for Eddie Van Halen, but some forthcoming new music, as well. The guitarist, who was sidelined by a nasty case of diverticulitis last year, has posted a photo to Facebook of himself in the studio.
In his first interview in years, Eddie Van Halen discloses that his cancer returned twice last year, that he’s emerged victorious in his battle with alcohol, and that his son Wolfgang reminds him of his own father.
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