It's time for a Friday flashback! Below, check out a clip of Eddie Van Halen sitting in with the band on Late Night with David Letterman in 1985. Eddie joins Paul Shaffer (keyboards), Sid McGinnis (guitar), Neil Jason (bass) and Steve Jordan (drums) for an instrumental version of Van Halen's "Panama," guitar solo and all.
Below, check out an excerpt from an upcoming animated skit show called 6 Pack. The clip — which was written by Mark Shields and Jim Sharkey and animated by Mark Shields (a Top Off production) — shows a young Eddie Van Halen having a conversation with his girlfriend.
Below, check out a clip that's being billed as "rare footage" of Eddie Van Halen making elephant and horse sounds with his guitar backstage at a venue, pre-concert. I mean, how "rare" can it be if you're watching it right now?
Yes, we've all heard Michael Jackson's 1983 mega-hit, "Beat It," which features Eddie Van Halen on guitar. But have you seen Eddie perform the song live with Jackson and his band? We hadn't—until we stumbled upon this pro-shot (but 50th-generation, apparently) video.
It's hard to overstate Van Halen's impact in the world of rock music. Led by Eddie Van Halen's ferocious, fiery and always innovative guitar playing, Van Halen carved out a niche in music that hadn't existed before, and spawned innumerable imitators.
As you might've detected from the non-stop (and fairly annoying) TV commercials, Minions opened in theaters today. The animated comedy, which is about gibberish-spewing yellow creatures who are looking for someone to serve, happens to feature a touch of Eddie Van Halen's "Eruption."
Earlier this year, in preparation for the 40th anniversary of MXR, its parent company, Dunlop Manufacturing, took a survey to learn how guitarists perceive the pedal maker. One of the questions asked was, “Which player do you associate the most with the MXR brand?” The respondents chose Eddie Van Halen more than 60 percent of the time. Notably, the runner-up received fewer than half as many mentions.
Van Halen kicked off their 2015 summer tour in Seattle last night, July 5. Their set, which you can check out below, was full of tunes that haven’t been played live in decades—or ever. In fact, they started off with “Light Up the Sky” from 1979's Van Halen II. It hasn’t been performed in 35 years.