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Eddie Van Halen Launches New Online Store

Eddie Van Halen—that guy who used to play Eric Clapton's "Crossroads" guitar solo during interviews—has just launched a new merch store via Killer Merch.The partnership includes new items, plus—for the first time—EVH’s guitar accessories and a slew of licensed products.According to a press release, "the site will continue to grow with additional apparel, art, accessories and everything EVH,... …

Hear Eddie Van Halen Play Eric Clapton's "Crossroads" Guitar Solo Note for Note

For many years—I guess before Eddie Van Halen and "Eruption" came along—Cream's "Crossroads" was THE song to pull out at parties to impress friends, girls, uncles, cousins, neighbors, rescued farm animals, etc.Below, you can hear Van Halen play Eric Clapton's famous guitar solo—pretty much note for note, we might add—during an 1984 interview with Lisa Robinson for a show called The Inside Track... …

"Eddie Van Halen Was My Roadie": Dweezil Zappa Tells Childhood Eddie Stories and Plays "Eruption"

Here's a little something I stumbled upon in my inbox this morning; I think you might appreciate it. It's a clip from Dweezil Zappa's July 11, 2012, "Zappa Plays Zappa" show in Raleigh, North Carolina. That night, after he strapped on his striped Charvel EVH Art Series guitar, Dweezil told the crowd a few stories from his childhood—stories that happen to involve none other than Eddie Van Halen.... …

Sammy Hagar: Van Halen Reunion a "Dead Horse"

Earlier this year, Sammy Hagar—while mostly casting doubt over the potential of a Van Halen reunion—kept the door open for one, saying he would be open to it if it included original bassist Michael Anthony and, oddly enough, original and current frontman David Lee Roth.Hagar proposed that him and Roth would trade off songs, while all the proceeds from the tour would be given to charity.Now... …

Watch Los Rios Rock School Students Recreate Van Halen's First Album

The intrepid young students at the Los Rios Rock School were recently taken by the folks over at Produce Like a Pro to Sunset Sound, the studio where—among many other classics—Van Halen's self-titled debut was recorded. There, the youngsters recreated the album in its entirety, down to the last detail, in a single day.The students were given the exact same equipment—the same mics, console and... …

Learn the Guitar Habits of Eddie Van Halen

If there was a Mount Rushmore of guitar players, I’m pretty sure Eddie Van Halen would be carved directly in the middle, with frazzled hair and a cigarette dangling from his grinning lips.What makes Eddie’s guitar habits so appealing to any guitar player looking to improve or find inspiration is the fact that they’re a personification of his on-stage antics: hypnotizing, flashy, confident, and... …

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... …

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