Jason Becker shares never-before-seen footage of his visit from Eddie Van Halen

Jason Becker has shared previously unseen footage of the day he spent with his friend – and fellow David Lee Roth collaborator – Eddie Van Halen back in 1996.

At the time, Becker had recently been diagnosed with ALS – or Lou Gehrig's disease – and Van Halen paid him a visit to offer his love and support – as well as a guitar – and film an ALS awareness promotional video.

During the visit, Van Halen told stories, talked about his creative process and played music, sounding exactly like EVH even when playing Becker's guitar through a small practice amp.

The footage illustrates how, aside from his uniquely dazzling guitar abilities and rock 'n' roll superstardom, Van Halen was a generous and caring human being.

It also shows the inspiring resilience of Becker, whose guitar career had been cut short by his debilitating disease, but still wielded the courage to fight it.

“Eddie was such a beautiful person,” Becker recalls. “He was incredibly kind to me and my family. Not only was he my biggest influence, he had such a huge heart. He honestly saved my life.”

Eddie Van Halen tragically passed away this year at the age of 65, prompting widespread mourning from the entire guitar community.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.