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On Edward Van Halen, by me
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: October 07, 2020 12:13PM
I did not have any particular intention to write about Eddie when I learned of his passing yesterday, but my wife told me that she wanted to read what I'd write about it, and no one can turn down that particular command performance.

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It is an honor to get to write pieces like this for publication, but I am thoroughly tired of mourning my favorite musicians in print this year. Enough, at least for a while, already.
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Re: On Edward Van Halen, by me
Posted by: Robert M
Date: October 07, 2020 12:22PM
Will,

Thank you for writing this splendid piece. Enjoyed it immensely. Okay to share a link to it on Facebook to friends and family?

Robert
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Re: On Edward Van Halen, by me
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: October 07, 2020 12:23PM
Thanks, nicely done. And kudos for mentioning his Asian roots, too, sometimes overlooked about his background.
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Re: On Edward Van Halen, by me
Posted by: jonny
Date: October 07, 2020 12:24PM
A beautiful tribute. Thanks for sharing it.
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Re: On Edward Van Halen, by me
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: October 07, 2020 12:29PM
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Robert M
Will,

Thank you for writing this splendid piece. Enjoyed it immensely. Okay to share a link to it on Facebook to friends and family?

Robert
By all means, and thank you.
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Re: On Edward Van Halen, by me
Posted by: Schpark
Date: October 07, 2020 12:40PM
I wanted to read it but too many damn pop up adds.



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Re: On Edward Van Halen, by me
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: October 07, 2020 12:44PM
Thanks, Will. That was fantastic.
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Re: On Edward Van Halen, by me
Posted by: deckeda
Date: October 07, 2020 12:53PM
Nicely done.

I leaned last night that the iconic red and white guitar from the ‘80s was Frankenstrat 2, the first being the black and white one used in ‘78. (But then what would ‘79’s “bumblebee” iteration be?)

Something else I’d read he said was that his substance abuse occurred while writing and practicing, not performing or partying. A minor point perhaps, but it dispels the stereotype of a rocker who is “always high” or whatever.
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Re: On Edward Van Halen, by me
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: October 07, 2020 01:00PM
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deckeda
Nicely done.

I leaned last night that the iconic red and white guitar from the ‘80s was Frankenstrat 2, the first being the black and white one used in ‘78.

Same guitar. Eddie added the red layer in between Van Halen's first two tours.

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deckeda
(But then what would ‘79’s “bumblebee” iteration be?)

A different guitar, built later by Eddie.

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deckeda
Something else I’d read he said was that his substance abuse occurred while writing and practicing, not performing or partying. A minor point perhaps, but it dispels the stereotype of a rocker who is “always high” or whatever.

Sadly, I don't think that's accurate. Eddie's dad gave him a shot of vodka to steady his nerves before a piano performance when Eddie was just 13, and he carried on from there. By his own description, he was drunk virtually every time he went on stage until he was in his 40's (and very often after that). People who worked with Van Halen in the 70's and 80's all remarked that Eddie was never far away from a bottle of Heineken, or, even more unfortunately, a cigarette.
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Re: On Edward Van Halen, by me
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: October 07, 2020 01:09PM
Will, thank you for the link. I learned a little from it.

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Schpark
I wanted to read it but too many damn pop up adds.

Firefox and uBlock Origin kept it to only internal links for me.



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Re: On Edward Van Halen, by me
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: October 07, 2020 01:21PM
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Will Collier
Sadly, I don't think that's accurate. Eddie's dad gave him a shot of vodka to steady his nerves before a piano performance when Eddie was just 13, and he carried on from there.

In the 1995 Rolling Stone interview I read last night, Eddie stated that his dad gave him the vodka shot to reduce the pain after Eddie had been bitten by a dog. I guess it should come as no surprise that an alcoholic would prescribe alcohol as a pain killer:

Van Halen have always been associated with the hedonistic rock lifestyle. What was your particular drug of choice?
Between 1980 and 1984 I did a lot of blow. And drinking. I didn’t stop until about five months ago. I always got hammered to be able to cope. I have zero social skills, and I don’t know how to act, so I get drunk. And then I make a real ass out of myself.

Did you start young?
When I was, like, 12 or 13, Alex, my dad and I were out in Covina [Calif.], and a German shepherd jumped through the screen door and bit me. It hurt like a @#$%&. So my dad said, “Have a shot of vodka, Ed. This will make you feel better.” And he gave me a Pall Mall to smoke. I started drinking and smoking all in one day, right then and there.


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It is what it is.
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Re: On Edward Van Halen, by me
Posted by: vision63
Date: October 07, 2020 01:42PM
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Schpark
I wanted to read it but too many damn pop up adds.

You gotta read it someway. Will did a fantastic job.
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Re: On Edward Van Halen, by me
Posted by: freeradical
Date: October 07, 2020 03:49PM
Excellent piece!
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Re: On Edward Van Halen, by me
Posted by: hal
Date: October 07, 2020 04:38PM
I was never really a fan of EVH. At that particular moment, I was rather pompous in my tastes. I liked the prog-rock of the previous few years. It took YEARS to appreciate Tom Petty's simple sound, but I never really came back to VH's sound. It just didn't do it for me. That said...

This is an excellent paragraph and really captures the moment VH broke onto the scene perfectly.

"Start with the sound. Van Halen’s distinctive tone cut through the sludge of 1970s proto-Metal and British studio excess like a thunderbolt. At once clean and distorted, the clarity and power of his parts was like nothing anyone had heard before. Jimi Hendrix didn’t sound like that. Jimmy Page didn’t sound like that. Certainly Eric Clapton never sounded like that. This was something new."

The @#$%& NATIONAL REVIEW!! wow... great job Will... really.
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Re: On Edward Van Halen, by me
Posted by: carl
Date: October 07, 2020 06:01PM
Very nice article, I enjoyed reading it. Thank you!
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Re: On Edward Van Halen, by me
Posted by: Fritz
Date: October 07, 2020 06:24PM
great read Will. Great player for sure, but it was his constant smile that killed it.



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Re: On Edward Van Halen, by me
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: October 07, 2020 06:30PM
That was a very good read Will, thank you for posting.



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Re: On Edward Van Halen, by me
Posted by: JoeM
Date: October 07, 2020 06:42PM
Wonderful article, I really enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing!



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Re: On Edward Van Halen, by me
Posted by: Rolando
Date: October 07, 2020 06:50PM
Thank you Will.



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Re: On Edward Van Halen, by me
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: October 07, 2020 06:52PM
You're a great writer, Will, I had no idea. Thanks for sharing that article. I have some incredible memories of his music, circa 80 and '81. RIP



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Re: On Edward Van Halen, by me
Posted by: deckeda
Date: October 07, 2020 06:56PM
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Fritz
great read Will. Great player for sure, but it was his constant smile that killed it.

Yeah for me that can’t be overstated. I probably never heard him speak but he just comes across in photos as a nice guy who happens to make being a virtuoso in a megaband named after him look easy, not @#$%&-ish.
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Re: On Edward Van Halen, by me
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: October 07, 2020 08:32PM
Many thanks for all the kind words, everyone.
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Re: On Edward Van Halen, by me
Posted by: zachdog
Date: October 07, 2020 10:16PM
What a great piece. Thanks for sharing this, Will.
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Re: On Edward Van Halen, by me
Posted by: rich in distress
Date: October 08, 2020 09:55AM
Nice piece, thanks for sharing!
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