Guitar Icon Eddie Van Halen Passes Away At 65

**FILE PHOTO** Eddie Van Halen Has Passed Away at 65 from Cancer. NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 8: Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen performs on the Diver Down tour at Madison Square Garden on October 8, 1982. Credit: mpi04 / Media Punch Inc. ***NO FRANCE***. /IPX

Rock legend Eddie Van Halen has passed away. Eddie formed the band of his namesake with his brother Alex, and rose to immense popularity and fame in the 1980s. Van Halen popularized a guitar technique known as tapping, which sees the guitarist use both hands on the neck of the guitar. A good example of this technique as well as the song Van Halen is widely-know for can be fond below.

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Van Halen was a phenomenal guitarist, however, I was never big on a lot of the music he made. Sure, I like a few songs, but for the most part I just give Eddie the respect he deserves. He certainly belongs on the list of the greatest guitar players ever. I won’t assign a number to him, but he is on the list. Van Halen had one of the unique sounds, as well as an instantly-recognizable style, especially his solos.

Along with the band Van Halen, Eddie also colaborated with a number of musicians including Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, Brian May of Queen, and he provided an uncredited solo for Michael Jackson’s “Beat it.” Eddie will be remembered for his incredible ability as well as his innovative style, of whih the tapping technique was a huge part. Below you can find some tweets from Van Halen’s former bandmates, as well as friends and family.

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