Exclusive Excerpt: Eddie Van Halen Gets In-Depth About Tone, Gear and 'A Different Kind Of Truth'

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Sinnerswing27

Eddie Van Halen will continue to be one of the most influential rock guitarist to have ever lived. The new album is fantastic and I hope Van Halen continues to make amazing music in the near future.

Benji8461

ya know.... I remember ragging on Eddie a few months back on here, and while I still think he treated Michael Anthony like shit in interviews throughout the bands career, he seems like he's in a good place now.. and good for him. I'm happy for the guy.

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1984 Redux

3 Sixes and Panorama can go eat a Di@k.. Why would you even comment to just be douchebag? VH is the greatest Rock band in the world, get over it!

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6bpanorama

hey its the crybaby who got banned from ultimate guitar for trolling on every article! How's the banned life?!

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3Sixes

Disapointing article as far as a real interview! I'm sure GW had their hands tied as far as what topics could not be brought up to Edward! Hey Eddie, whats with your snubbing of Micheal Anthony? What was your reaction to Sammie's book? I'm sure GW wasn't even allowed to ask a relevant question to Wolfgang like, "How did you approach playing the bass lines of one of the founding members of the band?" Since everyone involved ignores or has been told to ignore the proverbial elephant in the room, it's no wonder that their tour plans are in shambles! "Come on Eddie, gimmie a break!"

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krshnakrunch

No matter how Eddie would answer those questions, he's going to lose. Regardless of what Ed says, it's going to result in some pissed off fans and potential lawsuits, so it's better for him to say nothing. The fact is Mike chose to burn his bridges with the band by playing and touring with Sammy in a band called "The Other Ones" (which was an obvious burn against the Van Halen brothers) when Mike was still making millions on the Van Halen payroll. Ed didn't want Mike to do it, but Mike did it anyway. I'd fire him too. There's a wise old saying, "You don't shit where you eat."

And regarding Sammy, I don't think it's a coincidence that Sammy got fired when Ed made his first attempt at getting sober. And it's also not a coincidence that Sammy only came back in 2004 when Ed was at rock bottom in relapse. Comparing the way Sammy has acted in public to the way Ed has handled things it's obvious Ed made the right decision.

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Krowley15

This is easily their best album since 1984, so who cares about any of that other crap?

The personal issues between band members don't really matter much to me. If I wanted gossip about personal beefs and that kind of crap, I would read the enquirer. If the interview focuses strictly on the music, that's fine with me.

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6bpanorama

This is easily their worst album ever.

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Krowley15

Its in their top 3 or 4 albums. Factually.

This is what Van Halen is supposed to sound like. At their best, they're a late-70s-early-80s-style metal band, not the pop rock/arena rock band they became when Hagar was with them.

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6bpanorama

I couldn't agree with you more no one wants to hear how wolfgang influenced him to make a terrible album

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DBAG

How could you call this a terrible album. I't been in my car since the day I bought it and haven't taken it out. It sounds like an extension of the heavier songs off of 1984. I have to admit it took some time to get used to Dave's vocals after so many years with Sammy, but the music is incredible.

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6bpanorama

Daves vocals is what makes it a terrible album I can't stand it he can't sing anymore and after hearing sammy with van halen this seems like a joke

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1984 Redux

Your a joke, a bad joke like your guitar playing.. I see you you think you can play guitar too and it pisses you off that you suck. Go cover the Black Keyes in your mothers basement.

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6bpanorama

Your a sad joke like your life spent on a computer finding every van halen article and acting like your better than everyone must be awesome to be you!

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