Marty Friedman pays tribute to Eddie Van Halen: “Eddie’s guitar sound was a mammoth. It was by far the biggest thing we’d ever heard“

Eddie Van Halen and Marty Friedman
(Image credit: Jeff Kravitz/BMA2015/FilmMagic; Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagic)

I loved Eddie and was always completely in awe of him. I didn’t know him very well, but he loved Jason Becker, was extremely protective of him, and because of that he was very friendly to me. 

The first time we met was when we played at a benefit for Jason in Chicago. He gave me his home phone number and told me to call him anytime for any reason. Of course, I never did. What was I gonna do… just call Eddie Van Halen up and chat?  

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