Jimmy Page Honors Eddie Van Halen: “He Was The Real Deal”
Jimmy Page and Eddie Van Halen, 1993 - Creative Worx Motion Media / Youtube
From one guitar deity to another – Led Zeppelin slinger Jimmy Page pays his last respects to acknowledge the sudden and shocking passing of Van Halen’s Eddie Van Halen, expressing his earnest thoughts about the late guitarist.
In an Instagram post, the 76-year-old wrote: “It is with great sadness that I heard the passing of Eddie Van Halen,” Page shared on Instagram. He was the real deal: He pioneered a dazzling technique on guitar with taste and panache that I felt always placed him above his imitators. It was good to see him featured at the Met’s Play It Loud exhibition. R.I.P Eddie.”
EVH’s “Frankenstrat” was featured at the Play It Loud Exhibition, where it shared the space with other famous guitars in rock history, including Page’s own Harmony Sovereign acoustic guitar that was used for some parts of Led Zeppelin’s iconic song, “Stairway To Heaven”.
Eddie Van Halen died after a lengthy battle with throat cancer on October 6, 2020, at the age of 65.