5 Facts That Came Out After Eddie Van Halen’s Death
Eddie Van Halen Interview Oct. 2016 - Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation - VanHalenVault / Youtube
The world was at a loss when guitar hero Eddie Van Halen died in October 2020. A grieving moment for the music world, they mourned for the death of the lead guitarist of the legendary Van Halen. He was an iconic figure in the rock scene; his mighty unique riffs brought another life of the guitar instrument, prompting a whole new generation to pick up a guitar and try to copy his “Eruption” solo. Here are some of the revelations spilled after the death of the rock star. Take a look.
The Guitarist’s Cause of Death
It was revealed in December 2020 the guitarist’s cause of death: stroke. However, it’s been known for many years that Van Halen had suffered multiple cancers throughout his life, such as throat, tongue, and skin cancer. Wolfgang Van Halen, son of Eddie, didn’t like how the confidential and private information about his father’s death was revealed by TMZ, and call out the publication about it.
The Influence He Gave to His Son
Wolfgang, who also proceeded to follow in the footsteps of his father, is also making a stamp in the music scene. While he insisted that Eddie never pressured him to pursue a career in music, however, he made sure that his son would be enlightened from the world of rock by introducing some of his favorite albums and artists. They bonded on those shared interests.
His legendary “Frankenstrat”
Unlike many guitar heroes, Van Halen never worshipped his iconic guitar “Frankenstrat.” While he does take good care of it, he never really followed the proper practices when he handled the instrument. In Wolfgang’s interview with Guitar World, he revealed how everyone’s heart jumped when his father tossed “Frankenstrat” on the couch. “To Dad, it’s just a little piece of junk that he built himself, but to us, it’s the most famous thing in the world.”
Sammy Hagar and Eddie Van Halen Buried the Hatchet Together
It was not a secret that after Sammy Hagar left Van Halen, these two guys never made up. Until before the guitarist’s death, the two began texting again, seemingly tried to “bury the hatchet” over the long-withstanding feud between the two musicians. Hagar didn’t tell anyone about this for fear of their fans freaking out and getting excited about a possible reunion.
But With Michael Anthony, They Never Made Up At All
It’s kind of melancholic how these two friends turned enemies never actually made up. When ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony visited Ultimate Classic Rock’s “Talkin’ Rock With Meltdown” podcast, he revealed that the two haven’t spoken for several years, even after Van Halen’s death. He said: “It kind of bothers me, because we had some issues that were never resolved,” and continued to talk about the supposed-to-be reunion that never happened due to the guitarist’s deteriorating health.