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Watch Metallica Cover Van Halen's "Runnin' with the Devil"

During their show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, Saturday night, Metallica paid tribute to hometown heroes Van Halen with a brief cover of the band's "Runnin' with the Devil."The band has quite a bit of fun with the cover, with Hetfield attempting to replicate David Lee Roth's famous screams and Kirk Hammett beaming from ear to ear the whole way."That's all I can sing," Hetfield... …

Watch Eddie Van Halen Play Ritchie Blackmore Riffs

YouTube's Ritchie Blackmore Channel has been posting a good deal of interesting new content lately. One of the latest clips (posted July 3) to turn up contains some rarely seen footage of Eddie Van Halen—clearly backstage—playing a few Blackmore/Deep Purple riffs on his guitar.In the video, which you can watch below, he starts off with Deep Purple's "Hard Lovin' Man" (up to about 11 seconds in... …

Eddie Van Halen, David Gilmour and Les Paul Play "Blue Suede Shoes" with Stray Cats

On August 18, 1988, a horde of name-brand musicians got together to celebrate the life and music of guitar great Les Paul, who was 73 at the time.The show that was filmed that night was eventually released on a now-sought-after VHS tape called Les Paul & Friends: He Changed the Music: LIVE at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.In short (in contrast to the tape's ridiculously not-short... …

Eddie Van Halen Interviews Les Paul in 1986

In the summer of 1986, Guitar Center opened a mammoth music store on Sunset Boulevard in the center of Hollywood. Eddie Van Halen and Les Paul were being honored along with several other musical giants, including Stevie Wonder and amp builder Jim Marshall, as part of the store’s opening celebration.It seemed natural to take the opportunity to put Ed and Les together in the same room to talk... …

Hear Eddie Van Halen's Isolated Guitars from "Hot for Teacher"

OK, here's one more isolated guitar recording for you. It's Eddie Van Halen—in all his isolated glory—playing Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher."“I winged that one,” Eddie told Guitar World several years ago. “If you listen to it, the timing changes in the middle of nowhere."We were in a room playing together and I kind of winked at the guys and said, ‘Okay, we’re changing now!’ Because I don’t... …

The Eddie Van Halen Tremolo Mechanic

The footage from Van Halen’s 2015 Jimmy Kimmel Live performance affords an almost perfect glimpse of Eddie Van Halen’s legendarily unique approach to tremolo picking.The incredible speed and consistency of his take on this technique has been a source of fascination for 35 years. In Van Halen’s approach, the picking hand hangs suspended in mid-air, with no anchoring or muting at all, and uses a... …

Five Easy Shred Licks Inspired by Eddie Van Halen

If you’re looking for some easy shred licks, you’ve come to the right place. Robert Baker has uploaded a lesson in which he demonstrates five pattern-based shred licks that are much easier to play than they sound.The theme to these licks, as Robert explains, is take one shape and move it across the strings.“Quite a few of these are inspired by Eddie Van Halen,” he says. “To me, he’s the master.... …

How Eddie Van Halen Helped John Frusciante Score a Wah Pedal

Anyone who’s heard John Frusciante’s work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers knows the man loves the wah pedal. And not just any wah pedal but the Ibanez WH10, a pedal from the Eighties.The WH10 had a switch that adjusted the frequency range for use with guitars and basses, and it had a depth control to control the effect’s intensity.Unfortunately, the popular pedal was also made of plastic. And... …

Unreleased Eddie Van Halen Track from 1984 Streaming

The Van Halen News Desk is streaming a short track called “Strike,” written by Eddie Van Halen for the 1984 teen comedy film The Wild Life.A snippet of the music appears in the movie as someone bowls a strike (hence the song’s title). This is the first time the full recording has been available to the public.The Van Halen News Desk says more of full, raw tracks Van Halen wrote for the movie... …

Watch Eddie Van Halen's "Beat It" Guitar Solo Performed on Bottles

Four gents (sometimes five) who call themselves the Bottle Boys cover famous songs using nothing but bottles. By this we mean they blow into the top (the hole, the spout) of different types of bottles to produce specific tones.Anyway, they recently accepted a challenge to cover Eddie Van Halen's guitar solo from Michael Jackson's 1983 mega-hit, "Beat It." You can watch the results below."[Have... …

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