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RIP Edward Lodewijk Van Halen

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Splendid Splinter, Oct 6, 2020.

  1. Splendid Splinter

    Splendid Splinter Well-Known Member

    Rest Easy

  2. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    I'm about to write a short piece on this for the next newscast.

    I'm a bit shaken. His music was, truly, the anthem of my teenage years when I was trying to be better -- losing weight, working out in open gyms. Even 30+ years later, I can dig up "5150" on my Spotify and be good to run. I remember ranking my all-time VH songs not that long ago. It's a long-ass list.
  3. Driftwood

    Driftwood Well-Known Member

    2020 just keeps on keeping on.
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  4. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    Sad day. One of the all-time greatest guitar players. So many great Van Halen songs come to mind right now.
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  5. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Fuck. I was never really a hardcore VH fan, but I enjoyed a lot of their stuff.

    And Ed seemed like a fairly cool guy, on the basis of some of his relatively recent interviews.

    Although obviously he was a little hard to get along with in a band at times.
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  6. Twirling Time

    Twirling Time Well-Known Member

    I figured that more and more famous people from our age would start dying off. But 2020 is like a giant death bong.
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  7. Chef2

    Chef2 Well-Known Member

    Ah shit.
  8. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member


    Knew this was coming -- had seen a variety of 'spare a thought for Eddie' posts from musicians over the past few months -- but this really sucks.
  9. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Divorced for years.
  10. DanielSimpsonDay

    DanielSimpsonDay Well-Known Member

    He changed everything in rock and metal. Any male of a certain age has a memory with Van Halen as the soundtrack, either real or imagined.


    *Poundcake and Judgement Day were terrific openers from that album
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  11. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    RIP, Eddie. Favorite band of my youth. I joined their fan club when I was 10 years old, I'm sure I have the glossy photos and bandanna in a box somewhere.

    There was a pretty good book a couple years ago called "Runnin with the Devil" by their old manager that detailed the band's rise and breakup from the Dave years.
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  12. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    I was in Houston in 1978 visiting a friend. We went to a flea market and he bought a bootleg 8 track of VH I. Went back to his house and listened to it and was just blown away. Hard to think of many (any?) other instances where I can recall the first time I heard a certain song or album. But that one sticks to this day.

    The man made sounds with his guitar that I had never heard before and seldom heard since. The GOAT rock and roll guitarist in my view.

    A sad, sad day.
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