Entertainment Kenny Chesney Says His Performance with Eddie Van Halen Was 'Every Kid's Rock Music Dream'
Death of guitarist Eddie Van Halen at the age of 65
CARNET-VAN-HALEN: Death of guitarist Eddie Van Halen at the age of 65 © Reuters / Lucas Jackson DEATH OF GUITARIST EDDIE VAN HALEN IN L 'AGE 65 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Guitarist Eddie Van Halen, one of the rock legends and co-founder of the band bearing his name, died of cancer at the age of 65 on Thursday, announced on Twitter his son Wolfgang.
was just doing what he does best when he performed with during one of the singer's concerts — but for the country star, it was a vision come true.
"It was one of those moments that every kid who dreams about rock music dreams of," Chesney, 52, tells PEOPLE. "It was so alive, so in the moment, and both Van Halen brothers [Eddie and Alex] played like it was their show, their fans."
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"I reached out one more time last week and when he didn't respond, I figured it was a matter of time," Sammy Hagar said in a letter to Howard SternWhile the former Van Halen lead singer, 72, didn't feel comfortable appearing on air to discuss the pair's friendship, he did write a letter about it after Howard Stern reached out to him for a comment, which the shock jock read on air during Wednesday's episode of his SiriusXM radio show.
He adds of the memorable experience, "They just brought it and every single person onstage was losing their mind. The audience loved it and so did Eddie and [his older brother] Alex ... They were so generous with their time."
"You can imagine how I felt having [Van Halen band manager], 'Is it alright if Eddie Van Halen gives you a call?' And then looking down a little bit later to see that 818 area code and thinking, 'That’s Eddie Van Halen,'" says the star.
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"I answered and he sounds just like you'd think but then he falls into talking to you about music, life, road life and all these things," Chesney says. "It's like you've always been friends and he knows your life and he understands."
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Van Halenafter a decade-long battle with cancer. He was 65.
During Chesney's concert, the late guitar virtuoso and his brother Alex, 67, performed "" — one of the family duo's most successful hits with their Van Halen bandmates. They also played a few more of their now-classic tunes.
Chesney will never forget performing with the iconic Van Halen, nor will he forget the first time he encountered his music.
"I first heard Eddie Van Halen's guitar coming out of my friend David Farmer's garage after football practice and it tore my world open," Chesney remembers of the Hall of Famer. "You never forget the first time you heard it and it sets a bar for life."
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Steve Perry almost became the lead singer of Van Halen .
Eddie Van Halen approached him after David Lee Roth left Van Halen in 1985, Steve Perry reveals. © Provided by www.rollingstone.de Steve Perry, here at a performance with his band Journey in 1980 Eddie Van Halen approached him after David Lee Roth left Van Halen in 1985, reveals Steve Perry. “Let's jam together!” This invitation sounds harmless at first, not like a big deal. But it could have been the beginning of a big thing.