Rockers React to the Loss of Eddie Van Halen


As we reported earlier, the music world is reeling from the loss of Eddie Van Halen, who died today, October 6th, 2020, at age 65 after a long bout with cancer. The outpouring of love and support has been immense since the news hit social media. You can read posts from his son Wolfie, former singer Slash, Sammy Hagar, Gene Simmons, Flea, Def Leppard, Anthrax, and countless others who sent their love and tributes out to Eddie.

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RIP #EddieVanHalen

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No words…Heartbroken, my love to the family?

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There have been many big losses in the music world but few that just stop you in your tracks, leave you speechless and basically unable to function. Similarly, very few for whom you can say – as for countless others in your field – that without this person, you might not be who you are today, for your life would look very different. Ironically I was just planning to post a new track I’ve been holed up working on that’s directly influenced by him, playing an instrument based on his (swipe to see). It doesn’t feel appropriate to post it today (it’s another humorous song a la Zappa…maybe tomorrow), and the timing is eerie. There so much more to say, at a total loss for words. I can’t believe I have to type this right now: RIP #eddievanhalen ?? #ripevh

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