all of you who thought Eddie Van Halen was a gimmicky player. Check
this out. It is a one on one interview with Steve Rosen. Eddie on a little practice amp - mostly clean and turned way down. MAN could
he alternate pick! Scary. This is a really cool interview.
Eddie Van Halen hit me like a freight train the first time I heard him. I was 8 or 9 years old the first time I heard the sound of "Eruption" as it blared from the open window of a teenager-filled car. What hit me was the intensity of the sound, the grinding now famous "brown-sound" (combination of a cranked Marshall with a Flanger). Man that was cool .... they were cool .... HE was cool.
The thing that should be noticed by y'all is that you can hear that sound in this interview. Clearly this SOUNDS like Eddie. But wait a minute? Where is the Marshall and all the pedals? There are none! The sound lives in how he attacks the strings. The tone is IN his hands.
So the next time you think your tone sucks and you head off in search of another new amp. Remember this clip. A player like this could make the worst gear sound simply fantastic. Because he is just that - fantastic.