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Entertainment Guitar rock legend Eddie Van Halen dies of cancer at 65

00:00  07 october  2020
00:00  07 october  2020 Source:   ap.org

Rock star Eddie Van Halen dies aged 65

  Rock star Eddie Van Halen dies aged 65 He had been battling cancer.

Eddie Van Halen brought a joyous virtuosity to the electric guitar and was widely revered by his peers. Credit Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.

Rock star Eddie Van Halen dies at age 65 after a long battle with throat cancer that 'traveled to his Van Halen died at the age of 65 in Santa Monica, California on Tuesday The co-founder of the Eighties band Van Halen had been battling throat cancer

NEW YORK (AP) — Eddie Van Halen, the guitar virtuoso whose blinding speed, control and innovation propelled his band Van Halen into one of hard rock’s biggest groups, fueled the unmistakable fiery solo in Michael Jackson’s hit “Beat It” and became elevated to the status of rock god, has died. He was 65

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2004 file photo, Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen performs in Phoenix. Van Halen, who had battled mouth cancer, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. He was 65. (AP Photo/Tom Hood, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2004 file photo, Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen performs in Phoenix. Van Halen, who had battled mouth cancer, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. He was 65. (AP Photo/Tom Hood, File)

A person close to Van Halen’s family confirmed the rocker died Tuesday due to cancer. The person was not authorized to publicly release details in advance of an official announcement.

Legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen dies at 65

  Legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen dies at 65 Eddie Van Halen, the lead guitarist for his eponymous band Van Halen, died Tuesday morning after a "long and arduous" battle with throat cancer, his son Wolfgang Van Halen announced on Twitter, per The Washington Post. He was 65. The elder Van Halen was considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time, the Post notes, along with other legendary figures like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page. He was also known for his innovative methods, including popularizing a technique known as two-hand tapping, "in which he effectively added a sixth finger to his left hand," per the Post.

Legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen dies aged 65 . 3 minutes ago. Eddie Van Halen , founder of hard- rock group Van Halen , dies aged 65 from cancer , his son says. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly.

Eddie Van Halen , guitarist and founding member of one of the hugely successful rock band named after him and his drummer brother, has died of cancer , his son said on Twitter on Tuesday. He was 65 .

With his distinct solos, Eddie Van Halen fueled the ultimate California party band and helped knock disco off the charts starting in the late 1970s with his band’s self-titled debut album and then with the blockbuster record “1984,” which contains the classics “Jump,” “Panama” and “Hot for Teacher.”

Van Halen is among the top 20 best-selling artists of all time, and the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Rolling Stone magazine put Eddie Van Halen at No. 8 in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists.

Eddie Van Halen was something of a musical contradiction. He was an autodidact who could play almost any instrument, but he couldn’t read music. He was a classically trained pianist who also created some of the most distinctive guitar riffs in rock history. He was a Dutch immigrant who was considered one of the greatest American guitarists of his generation.

How Eddie Van Halen transformed Michael Jackson's 'Beat It'

  How Eddie Van Halen transformed Michael Jackson's 'Beat It' NEW YORK (AP) — Before Eddie Van Halen agreed to add a guitar break to Michael Jackson's “Beat It,” one of the most famous cameos in rock history, he had to be sure the phone call from producer Quincy Jones wasn't a practical joke. “I went off on him. I went, ‘What do you want, you f-ing so-and-so!,’” Van Halen told CNN in 2012, 30 years after he worked on the song. "And he goes, ‘Is this Eddie?’ I said, ‘Yeah, what the hell do you want?’ ‘This is Quincy.’ I’m thinking to myself, ‘I don’t know anyone named Quincy.’ He goes, ‘Quincy Jones, man.

Eddie Van Halen , the guitar virtuoso whose blinding speed, control and innovation propelled his band Van Halen into one of hard rock 's biggest groups, fuelled the unmistakable fiery solo in Michael Jackson's hit Beat It and became elevated to the status of rock god, has died . He was 65 .

Eddie Van Halen , legendary guitarist and founder of the eponymous rock group, died at age 65 on Tuesday of throat cancer . Van Halen ’s son Wolfgang “I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen , has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning

FILE - David Lee Roth, left, and Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen perform on Aug. 13, 2015, in Wantagh, N.Y. Van Halen, who had battled cancer, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. He was 65. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - David Lee Roth, left, and Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen perform on Aug. 13, 2015, in Wantagh, N.Y. Van Halen, who had battled cancer, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. He was 65. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

“You changed our world. You were the Mozart of rock guitar. Travel safe rockstar,” Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx said on Twitter.

The members of Van Halen — the two Van Halen brothers, Eddie and Alex; vocalist David Lee Roth; and bassist Michael Anthony — formed in 1974 in Pasadena, California. They were members of rival high school bands and then attended Pasadena City College together. They combined to form the band Mammoth, but then changed to Van Halen after discovering there was another band called Mammoth.

Their 1978 release “Van Halen” opened with a blistering “Runnin’ With the Devil” and then Eddie Van Halen showed off his astonishing skills in the next song, “Eruption,” a furious 1:42 minute guitar solo that swoops and soars like a deranged bird. The album also contained a cover of the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” and “Ain’t Talkin’ ’Bout Love.”

Eddie Van Halen dead: Guitar legend dies aged 65 after tragically losing battle with cancer

  Eddie Van Halen dead: Guitar legend dies aged 65 after tragically losing battle with cancer Legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen has died after a long battle with throat cancer at age 65.The legendary guitarist is most well known for being the co-founder of the rock group Van Halen, which enjoyed incredible success in the 1980s.

Guitarist Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen performs on stage at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on September 30, 2015 in Chula Vista, California. He was 65 . Van Halen 's son Wolfgang confirmed the musician's death on social media.

"My father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen , has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning," Wolf Van Halen Eddie Van Halen at Ak-Chin Pavillion on Monday, September 28, 2015, in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 65 . Van Halen 's son, Wolf Van Halen , broke the news on social media.

Mike McCready of Pearl Jam told Rolling Stone magazine that listening to Van Halen’s “Eruption” was like hearing Mozart for the first time. “He gets sounds that aren’t necessarily guitar sounds — a lot of harmonics, textures that happen just because of how he picks.”

Van Halen released albums on a yearly timetable — “Van Halen II” (1979), “Women and Children First” (1980), “Fair Warning” (1981) and “Diver Down” (1982) — until the monumental “1984,” which hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album charts (only behind Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”). Rolling Stone ranked “1984” No. 81 on its list of the 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s.

FILE - Musician Eddie Van Halen poses with his © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Musician Eddie Van Halen poses with his "Frankenstein guitar" before the "What It Means to Be American" program at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington on Feb. 12, 2015. Van Halen, who had battled cancer, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. He was 65. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

“Eddie put the smile back in rock guitar, at a time when it was all getting a bit brooding. He also scared the hell out of a million guitarists around the world, because he was so damn good. And original,” Joe Satriani, a fellow virtuoso, told Billboard in 2015.

Eddie Van Halen's ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli pays tribute to the rock legend

  Eddie Van Halen's ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli pays tribute to the rock legend Eddie Van Halen's ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli and Gene Simmons are among those to pay tribute to the late Van Halen guitarist following the news of his passing.

Eddie Van Halen , Rock Legend & Guitar Hero, Dies at 65 . Eddie Van Halen Picks His All-Time Favorite Guitar Riffs. In recent months, however, Van Halen was reportedly battling throat cancer and flying to Germany for treatments. Following the devastating news of his death, countless stars

Eddie Van Halen , Michael Anthony, Alex Van Halen , Sammy Hagar of Van Halen speak to the media at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards.

Van Halen also played guitar on one of the biggest singles of the 1980s: Jackson’s “Beat It.” His solo lasted all of 20 seconds and took only a half an hour to record. He did it as a favor to producer Quincy Jones, while the rest of his Van Halen bandmates were out of town.

Van Halen received no compensation or credit for the work, even though he rearranged the section he played on. “It was 20 minutes of my life. I didn’t want anything for doing that,” he told Billboard in 2015. “I literally thought to myself, ‘Who is possibly going to know if I play on this kid’s record?’” Rolling Stone ranked “Beat It” No. 344 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Jackson’s melding of hard rock and R&B preceded the meeting of Run-DMC and Aerosmith by four years.

But strains between Roth and the band erupted after their 1984 world tour and Roth left. The group then recruited Sammy Hagar as lead singer —some critics called the new formulation “Van Hagar” — and the band went on to score its first No. 1 album with “5150,” More studio albums followed, including “OU812,” “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” and “Balance.” Hit singles included “Why Can’t This Be Love” and “When It’s Love.”

FILE - This July 14, 1984 file photo shows Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen, left, performing © Provided by Associated Press FILE - This July 14, 1984 file photo shows Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen, left, performing "Beat It" with Michael Jackson during Jackson's Victory Tour concert in Irving, Texas. Van Halen, who had battled cancer, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. He was 65. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Hagar was ousted in 1996 and former Extreme singer Gary Cherone stepped in for the album “Van Halen III,” a stumble that didn’t lead to another album and the quick departure of Cherone. Roth would eventually return in 2007 and team up with the Van Halen brothers and Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie’s son, on bass for a tour, the album “A Different Kind of Truth” and the 2015 album “Tokyo Dome Live in Concert.”

My Eddie (Van Halen)

 My Eddie (Van Halen) © Provided by The Point Eddie, it was that first riff, almost a primal scream for the hard rock lover that I was starting to be; this riff which introduces "You Really Got Me", a damn shaken cover of the Kinks hit, released in the first album of this bizarre group made up of two Dutch brothers, Edward and Alex Van Halen, and this ephebe with the hairy chest and blonde hair dripping down her back, David Lee Roth.

FILE - This July 14, 1984 file photo shows Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen, left, performing © Provided by Associated Press FILE - This July 14, 1984 file photo shows Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen, left, performing "Beat It" with Michael Jackson during Jackson's Victory Tour concert in Irving, Texas. Van Halen, who had battled cancer, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. He was 65. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Van Halen’s music has appeared in films as varied as “Superbad,” “Minions” and “Sing” as well as TV shows like “Glee” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Video games such as “Gran Turismo 4” and “Guitar Hero” have used his riffs. Their song “Jamie’s Cryin” was sampled by rapper Tone Loc in his hit “Wild Thing.”

FILE - Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen performs on Aug. 13, 2015, in Wantagh, N.Y. Van Halen, who had battled cancer, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. He was 65. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen performs on Aug. 13, 2015, in Wantagh, N.Y. Van Halen, who had battled cancer, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. He was 65. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

For much of his career, Eddie Van Halen wrote and experimented with sounds while drunk or high or both. He revealed that he would stay in his hotel room drinking vodka and snorting cocaine while playing into a tape recorder. (Hagar’s 2011 autobiography “Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock” portrays Eddie as a violent, booze-addled vampire, living inside a garbage-strewn house.)

“I didn’t drink to party,” Van Halen told Billboard. “Alcohol and cocaine were private things to me. I would use them for work. The blow keeps you awake and the alcohol lowers your inhibitions. I’m sure there were musical things I would not have attempted were I not in that mental state.”

FILE - Valerie Bertinelli, left, arrives at the premiere of the film © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Valerie Bertinelli, left, arrives at the premiere of the film "America's Sweethearts" with husband Eddie Van Halen in Los Angeles on July 17, 2001. Van Halen, who had battled cancer, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. He was 65. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

Eddie Van Halen was born in Amsterdam and his family immigrated to California in 1962 when he was 7. His father was a big band clarinetist who rarely found work after coming to the U.S., and their mother was a maid who had dreams of her sons being classical pianists. The Van Halens shared a house with three other families. Eddie and Alex had only each other, a tight relationship that flowed through their music.

Memorials grow in Eddie Van Halen's adopted hometown

  Memorials grow in Eddie Van Halen's adopted hometown PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The childhood home of Eddie Van Halen and a sidewalk outside a nearby liquor store have been turned into memorials to the legendary rock guitarist in his adopted hometown near Los Angeles. The shrines began popping up shortly after Van Halen’s death from cancer at age 65 earlier in the week. The tributes have continued to grow and attract a steady stream of visitors day and night. Van Halen was born in the Netherlands, and moved to Pasadena, California, with his parents and older brother Alex when he was 7.

FILE - *Van Halen is seen in Los Angeles, Jan. 17, 1993. Members of Van Halen, from left, left, Michael Anthony, bass guitar, Sammy Hagar, lead singer, Alex Van Halen, drums, and Eddie Van Halen, lead guitar appear in Los Angeles on Jan. 17, 1993.  Eddie Van Halen, who had battled cancer, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. He was 65. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - *Van Halen is seen in Los Angeles, Jan. 17, 1993. Members of Van Halen, from left, left, Michael Anthony, bass guitar, Sammy Hagar, lead singer, Alex Van Halen, drums, and Eddie Van Halen, lead guitar appear in Los Angeles on Jan. 17, 1993. Eddie Van Halen, who had battled cancer, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. He was 65. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

“We showed up here with the equivalent of $50 and a piano,” Eddie Van Halen told The Associated Press in 2015. “We came halfway around the world without money, without a set job, no place to live and couldn’t even speak the language.”

He said his earliest memories of music were banging pots and pans together, marching to John Philip Sousa marches. At one point, Eddie got a drum set, which his older brother coveted.

“I never wanted to play guitar,” he confessed at a talk at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 2015. But his brother was good at the drums, so Eddie gave into his brother’s wishes: “I said, ‘Go ahead, take my drums. I’ll play your damn guitar.’”

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2004 file photo, Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen performs in Phoenix. Van Halen, who had battled mouth cancer, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. He was 65. (AP Photo/Tom Hood, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2004 file photo, Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen performs in Phoenix. Van Halen, who had battled mouth cancer, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. He was 65. (AP Photo/Tom Hood, File)

He was a relentless experimenter who would solder different parts from different guitar-makers, including Gibson and Fender. He created his own graphic design for his guitars by adding tape to the instruments and then spray-painting them. He said his influences were Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix.

FILE- The rock group Van Halen, clockwise from left: Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar appear in a 1988 photo. Eddie Van Halen, who had battled cancer, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. He was 65. (AP Photo/File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE- The rock group Van Halen, clockwise from left: Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar appear in a 1988 photo. Eddie Van Halen, who had battled cancer, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. He was 65. (AP Photo/File)

Van Halen, sober since 2008, lost one-third of his tongue to a cancer that eventually drifted into his esophagus. In 1999, he had a hip replacement. He was married twice, to actress Valerie Bertinelli from 1981 to 2007 and then to stuntwoman-turned-publicist Janie Liszewski, whom he wed in 2009.

Guitars played, partly made by Eddie Van Halen go to auction

  Guitars played, partly made by Eddie Van Halen go to auction BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Two guitars owned, played and partly designed by the late Eddie Van Halen will be going up for auction. A 2004 EVH Charvel Art Series electric guitar and a customized electric guitar Van Halen built at his home studio with his guitar tech Matt Bruck and given to a friend in 1991 will be among the items for sale at the event dubbed “Icons & Idols Trilogy: Rock ‘N’ Roll,” starting Dec. 5, Julien's Auctions announcedA 2004 EVH Charvel Art Series electric guitar and a customized electric guitar Van Halen built at his home studio with his guitar tech Matt Bruck and given to a friend in 1991 will be among the items for sale at the event dubbed “Icons & Idols Trilogy: Rock ‘N’ Roll,” starting Dec.

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Guitars played, partly made by Eddie Van Halen go to auction .
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Two guitars owned, played and partly designed by the late Eddie Van Halen will be going up for auction. A 2004 EVH Charvel Art Series electric guitar and a customized electric guitar Van Halen built at his home studio with his guitar tech Matt Bruck and given to a friend in 1991 will be among the items for sale at the event dubbed “Icons & Idols Trilogy: Rock ‘N’ Roll,” starting Dec. 5, Julien's Auctions announcedA 2004 EVH Charvel Art Series electric guitar and a customized electric guitar Van Halen built at his home studio with his guitar tech Matt Bruck and given to a friend in 1991 will be among the items for sale at the event dubbed “Icons & Idols Trilogy: Rock ‘N’ Roll,” starting Dec.

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