Eddie Van Halen is one of the most influential guitarists of all time. He is known for his innovative approach to the instrument, which has led to him being named one of the greatest guitar players of all time.
However, there are many things about Eddie Van Halen that even his most dedicated fans may not know. Here are 20 secrets about the legendary guitarist:
1. Eddie Van Halen is left-handed, but plays the guitar right-handed.
2. Eddie’s father, Jan, was a professional jazz musician who encouraged his son’s musical talents from a young age.
3. The Van Halen brothers originally performed under the name “The Broken Combs”.
4. “Eruption”, one of Eddie’s most famous guitar solos, was reportedly recorded in just one take.
5. “Eruption” was originally supposed to be a fill for the song “You Really Got Me”, but producer Ted Templeman thought it was too good to be just a fill and insisted that it be included as a full song on the album.
6. Eddie is known for his use of two-handed tapping on the guitar, which he first used on the song “Eruption”.
7. Eddie has said that his favorite guitarist is Jimi Hendrix.
8. In 2008, Eddie underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor. The tumor was benign and he has since made a full recovery.
9. In 2012, Eddie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
10. In 2015, Eddie underwent emergency surgery to remove a piece of his intestine that had become entangled in one of his guitar strings.
11. Despite his successful career, Eddie has said that he still gets nervous before performing.
12. Eddie’s son, Wolfgang, is also a musician and currently plays bass in Van Halen.
13. Eddie has been married twice; first to actress Valerie Bertinelli from 1981 to 2007, and then to Janie Liszewski since 2009.
14. Eddie has three children: two sons (Wolfgang and Val) and one daughter (Lil’ah).
15. In addition to his musical talents, Eddie is also an accomplished painter.
16. In 2016, Eddie was ranked number eight on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
17. In 2017, Eddie underwent surgery to treat throat cancer. He is currently in remission.
18. In 2018, Van Halen was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for their album “1984”.
19. Eddie has been nominated for a total of 17 Grammy Awards, winning four times.
20. In 2019, Eddie was ranked number four on Gibson’s list of the Top 50 Guitarists of All Time.