Turns out Randy Rhoads did have a nice thing to say about Eddie Van Halen: “Eddie is a great player”

Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads
(Image credit: John Atashian/Richard E. Aaron/Redferns via Getty)

The Eddie Van Halen/Randy Rhoads rivalry is one of the most hotly debated topics in the guitar world. As two of the most well-known electric guitar stars of their time, the pair were frequently pitted against each other in the ‘80s, owing to the similarities in their playing styles.

It’s also a debate that has been rekindled with renewed interest in recent months, after the new Randy Rhoads: Reflections of a Guitar Icon documentary dug up the thoughts and opinions of Rhoads’ contemporaries on the pair’s perceived rivalry.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.