Sad rock and roll news, and not related to pandemic.
We could say it’s not related to movies and TV either, but I think there’s a Van Halen soundtrack for some movie coming someday in the future (hint, hint). Maybe it’s not been released yet, but it deserves to be someday (we can dream, anyway!). I know Van Halen did a song for the movie Twister, but I’m talking something like Motley Crue’s The Dirt or Rocketman.
A mighty axeman has fallen: Edward Van Halen will be playing his licks in the afterlife, and I bet those solos will be scorching.
The announcement was made by his son, Wolfgang.
“I can’t believe I’m having to write this,” the statement said, “but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning. He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift.”Eddie Van Halen Dies At 65 : NPR
Many condolences to the Van Halen family. I know Sammy Hagar kept trying to get the band back together for one final run, but it didn’t happen. I think Eddie was sicker than anybody was letting on.
Eddie had been laying low and we asked a year ago about his sickness: Is Eddie Sick? Don’t Want to “Hear About It Later” Van Halen Deserves An “Unchained” Music Movie “Right Now” This wasn’t meant as some personal invasion of privacy type post, I think he’s a public enough figure that a lot of fans cared about his well being. Let us know how he’s doing. I get some people just don’t want to tell you when they are sick. Too bad, because a lot of people could have sent their love and well wishes.
Van Halen will always be the party band of the 80s. These guys just knew how to play fun rock and roll. Great band that had a ton of great songs. Consider myself fortunate to have seen them on their tour with Wolf on bass. They rocked Seattle that night.
Eddie is rumored to have recorded a ton of music in his 5150 studio. Would love if they release some of that, perhaps as a soundtrack to a biopic about the band.
RIP Eddie Van Halen.