Vito Bratta recounts emotional meeting with Eddie Van Halen: "I was touched enough to where I had to leave the room, go to the bathroom, and cry"

Vito Bratta (left) and Eddie Van Halen perform onstage
(Image credit: Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

Guitar World recently sat down for a rare, exclusive interview with Vito Bratta, whose electric guitar heroics with White Lion in the '80s made him a legend, for a chat about the guitarists who shaped his sound.

One of the names that came up in the discussion was Eddie Van Halen, to whom Bratta was often – in less than favorable terms – compared in his early days. As annoying as they were to the White Lion guitarist at the time, however, those comparisons did end up making the one in-person meeting he had with Van Halen a rather cathartic one.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.

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