Ozzy Osbourne pays tribute to Eddie Van Halen: “There is only one Eddie Van Halen”
Ozzy Osbourne pays tribute to Eddie Van Halen, who died on October 6th, 2020 at the age of 65. His death news so upset the rock music community.
On yesterday, the legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen died at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. His wife, Janie, was by his side, along with Wolfgang Van Halen, and Alex, Eddie’s brother, and his drummer. The doctor reports that Eddie’s ongoing health battle went massively downhill in the last 72 hours. His doctors also discovering his cancer had moved to his brain alongside other organs.
During an interview with Rolling Stone, Ozzy Osbourne comments about the legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen:
. @EddieVanHalen was one of the nicest guys I ever worked with and we shared so many laughs together. His influence on music and especially the guitar has been immeasurable. He was an absolute legend. Eddie, I’ll see you on the other side, my friend. Love, Ozzy.
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) October 6, 2020
“The last time I spent any serious time with Eddie was on the last official Black Sabbath tour I did in ’79 when they opened up for us. They were such good guys to be around. We had such fun. Every time I ever saw Eddie Van Halen, it was fun. I remember seeing Eddie do that finger-tapping thing, and that was the first time I’d ever seen anyone do that. Just when you think nobody can make guitar playing exciting, somebody like that comes out. He was one of them.”
Ozzy Osbourne also added:
“That thing with finger-tapping in the 80s, with the hair bands, everybody was doing that finger tapping. Once you’ve seen the master do it, everyone else comes second. Anybody after Eddie Van Halen was in second, as far as I’m concerned.
One thing I loved about Eddie was he always had a big grin on his face, and he looked like he was enjoying every second he was up there. Whether it was showbiz bullshit or not. I don’t think it was – he always looked like he was having the best time of his life up there. But I could sit and watch Eddie Van Halen play guitar all day. He’s so entertaining as a guitar player. He made it look like it was not difficult.
He made it look like it was a natural thing. Everybody else was trying to be Eddie Van Halen, but there is only one Eddie Van Halen. I thought he was brilliant. God only knows, what you have to do to get that good.”
You can also watch “The Van Halen Story: The Early Days” on Amazon Prime.