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Eddie Van Halen Jams with G.E. Smith and the Saturday Night Live Band in 1987 — Video

Here's something we spotted over at the Van Halen News Desk.

It's a rarely seen (and rarely posted) clip of Eddie Van Halen jamming G.E. Smith and the Saturday Night Live band in 1987.

Van Halen (Eddie, not the band) and Valerie Bertinelli appeared on NBC's Saturday Night Live in February 1987. Eddie wound up jamming with guitarist G.E. Smith, bassist Tom “T-Bone” Wolk and the rest of the band — and he even performed in a skit.

Below, Van Halen & Co. dive into a song called “Stompin’ 8H,” which was named after the studio where the show was filmed. Van Halen handles lead duties while Smith — an incredible guitarist in his own right — sticks to rhythm.

NOTE: You might have to watch an entire commercial before you can watch the video. Sorry about that — nothing we can do about it!

Also, this might be a case of, "Enjoy it while you can!"

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.