Eddie Van Halen in his own words: "I locked myself in my room, played guitar, wrote songs, and hoped to God I got somewhere"

Eddie Van Halen
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In this collection of Eddie Van Halen quotes – starting in 1981 and ending with a 2016 Guitar World interview – the guitarist discusses everything from Debussy to David Lee Roth’s first solo outing, from Eruption to Spanked, from college to Clapton, from his “Black Sabbath funk” to his beloved EVH guitars and amps.

The following interviews appeared in Guitar World magazine, and were conducted by John Stix, Tim Bradley, Steven Rosen, Bud Scoppa, Billy Cioffi, Joe Bosso, Billy Corgan, Vic Garbarini, Brad Tolinski, Greg Di Benedetto and Chris Gill.

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