Happy Birthday, Eddie Van Halen

Happy Birthday, Eddie Van Halen

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One of the all-time guitar greats–Eddie Van Halen–celebrates a birthday today, he turns 59. Full disclosure: I’m firmly in the Van Halen Camp, not Van Hagar, or any post-Roth incarnations. I was actually bummed when they jettisoned Michael Anthony, his backing vocals were nearly as integral to the early VH sound as Eddie’s guitar and Roth’s howl. It’s Eddie’s day though and there’s no denying his guitar prowess and innovation. We go back to the 1978 self-titled debut for “Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love”.

And, we get a pretty straight forward reading of it from Pearl Jam.

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