Watch Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready Pay Tribute To Eddie Van Halen With Live Cover Of “Eruption”

During Pearl Jam’s May 9 show in Glendale, AZ, guitarist Mike McCready paid tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen with a live cover of “Eruption.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:

[via Blabbermouth]

Joe Satriani Confirms He’s “Been Talking With Alex Van Halen And David Lee Roth” About A Van Halen Tribute Tour

During a recent appearance on “Rock Of Nations With Dave Kinchen,” Joe Satriani confirmed that he was in talks about doing a Van Halen tribute tour with Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth. This news comes after Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica) previously revealed that he was approached about taking part in the project.

Satriani said the following:

“I’ve been talking with Alex and Dave for about a year about doing something — a tour, something like that — that was gonna be a true tribute to Eddie [Van Halen] and the VAN HALEN legacy.

For me, it was a terrifying prospect of doing something like that, but I realized that it was something that would be a real labor of love for me. I was just so honored to take on the challenge.

It’s very complicated. And all I can really say about it is that if it does happen, I know we’ll make it the greatest thing ever for the fans and we’ll all celebrate together not only the great Eddie Van Halen but the legacy that that band created, the amazing amount of music and the goodwill and good vibes they created as a band.”

The guitarist went on to say that he was surprised Newsted broke the news about the project:

“These things are always happening in the music industry, and you’re supposed to keep very quiet about it [laughs], because sometimes they don’t work out. There’s usually about 10 crazy ideas that float around and musicians are always, like, ‘Okay, I won’t say anything about this ’cause it may not work out. I don’t wanna hurt this person’s feelings or disrupt any other business plans.’ So, yeah, we were all pretty shocked that Jason wanted to go public with it ’cause we were all sworn to silence. [Laughs]”

He also added:

“I have to say that just getting to know Alex has been really wonderful. He’s a great human being, and, obviously, I can’t imagine losing a brother that way, so soon. And they were really close; their relationship was really quite unique.

I don’t know Dave that well. I think I’ve only met him once — maybe when Steve [Vai] invited us to see the David Lee Roth tour. I was in Australia with Mick Jagger at the time, so we all went; it was quite an experience. But, yeah, I’ve only spoken to Dave on the phone a number of times over the last — I don’t know — 25 years or so. But he’s David Lee Roth; they’re VAN HALEN. It’s a big deal.

Like I said before, if it ever does happen, it will be a great honor and a terrifying challenge. Eddie, you can’t reproduce what he did — you can’t. You can learn the notes and you can be taught all the fingerings and get the gear and everything, but there was only one Eddie and he was the epitome of an original genius. But if it does happen, I know that Alex will make sure that it’s the right way to do it.”

Satriani also compared the project to Chickenfoot, which finds him joined by ex-Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony:

“I looked at it from a musical point of view. I spent most of my life trying to memorize my own catalog — there are a lot of notes to memorize and to pull off a show and to stay focused on it. So every time something like this comes up, like CHICKENFOOT, it’s, like, ‘Okay, I’ve gotta make space in my brain for a whole other way of playing.’ The great thing is when you get together with the guys in CHICKENFOOT, their personalities are so huge and they bring so much talent that you don’t really have to be so big; you just be a part of something.

But the thought of representing all the eras of VAN HALEN, that’s pretty daunting; that’s a lot of stuff. And just from a guitar player’s point of view, Eddie progressed remarkably as a player and as an inventor, and those two things, they kind of went together from ‘Van Halen I’ all the way to the last album. And when you sit down to actually learn it and pull it off, you go, ‘Wow! Not only do I need talent but I need [to use specific] gear,’ ’cause certain things won’t work unless you’ve got this amp and it’s doing that. So that’s also another thing.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Nita Strauss, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Michael Starr, & Jason Hook Pay Tribute To Eddie Van Halen On ShipRocked Cruise

During this year’s ShipRocked cruise, Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Michael Starr (Steel Panther), and Jason Hook (ex-Five Finger Death Punch) paid tribute to the late great Eddie Van Halen by performing Van Halen covers with The Stowaways. You can see some fan-filmed footage of that below:

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Ace Frehley’s Backing Band Pay Tribute To Eddie Van Halen With Covers Of Van Halen’s “Somebody Get Me A Doctor” And “Dance The Night Away”

Ace Frehley’s backing band, Ryan Cook, Jeremy Asbock, Philip Shouse, and Matt Star, paid tribute to Van Halen’s Eddie Van Halen on the first anniversary of his death (October 6). You can see fan-filmed footage of the group covering “Somebody Get Me A Doctor” and “Dance The Night Away” during a soundcheck in Raleigh, NC below:

Eddie Van Halen Memorial Plaque Unveiled In Pasadena, CA

A memorial plaque honoring the late great Eddie Van Halen was unveiled near the Convention Center in Pasadena, CA earlier today (October 11). The ceremony was attended by the city’s mayor Victor Gordo and council members Tyrone Hampton, Andy Wilson, Gene Masuda, and Felicia Williams. The plaque was donated by Randa Schmalfeld and Julie Kimura, who raised the money for it through GoFundMe. Williams told Pasadena Now the following:

“This event brings together history and community to celebrate a world-renowned artist. It’s not just the history of Eddie as a guitar legend, but also the challenges he faced growing up mixed race in Pasadena, which always spoke to me. And the community support and initiative to make this happen is inspiring. Thank you to everyone.”

Eddie Van Halen’s Son, Widow, And Former Bandmates Pay Tribute To The Legendary Guitarist On The First Anniversary Of His Death

It’s officially been one year since the world lost Eddie Van Halen. To mark the sad occasion, his son, Wolfgang Van Halen, his widow, Janie Van Halen, and two of his former bandmates, Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, have all shared new tributes for the legendary guitarist. You can find those below:

Wolfgang Van Halen:

Janie Van Halen:

Sammy Hagar:

Michael Anthony:

Heart’s Nancy Wilson Shares Extended Eddie Van Halen Tribute “4 Edward With Love”

Heart’s Nancy Wilson has shared an extended version of her Eddie Van Halen tribute song “4 Edward.” The updated take on the track is titled “4 Edward With Love” and a video for it can be found below. The original version appears on Wilson’s solo album “You And Me.”

“Eruption: Conversations” Book To Tell Eddie Van Halen’s Story In His Own Words

Music journalists Brad Tolinski and Chris Gill will be releasing a new book, titled “Eruption: Conversations With Eddie Van Halen,” on October 5 via Hachette Books. The effort will tell the legendary guitarist’s story in his own words. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Here’s a description of the book:

“Get a completely new look at guitar legend Eddie Van Halen with this groundbreaking oral history, composed of more than fifty hours of interviews with Eddie himself as well as his family, friends, and colleagues.

When rock legend Eddie Van Halen died of cancer on October 6, 2020, the entire world seemed to stop and grieve. Since his band Van Halen burst onto the scene with their self-titled debut album in 1978, Eddie had been hailed as an icon not only to fans of rock music and heavy metal, but to performers across all genres and around the world. Van Halen’s debut sounded unlike anything that listeners had heard before and remains a quintessential rock album of the era.

Over the course of more than four decades, Eddie gained renown for his innovative guitar playing, and particularly for popularizing the tapping guitar solo technique. Unfortunately for Eddie and his legions of fans, he died before he was ever able to put his life down to paper in his own words, and much of his compelling backstory has remained elusive—until now.

In Eruption, music journalists Brad Tolinski and Chris Gill share with fans, new and old alike, a candid, compulsively readable, and definitive oral history of the most influential rock guitarist since Jimi Hendrix. It is based on more than 50+ hours of unreleased interviews they recorded with Eddie Van Halen over the years, most of them conducted at the legendary 5150 studios at Ed’s home in Los Angeles. The heart of Eruption is drawn from these intimate and wide-ranging talks, as well as conversations with family, friends, and colleagues.

In addition to discussing his greatest triumphs as a groundbreaking musician, including an unprecedented dive into Van Halen’s masterpiece 1984, the book also takes an unflinching look at Edward’s early struggles as young Dutch immigrant unable to speak the English language, which resulted in lifelong issues with social anxiety and substance abuse. Eruption: Conversations with Eddie Van Halen also examines his brilliance as an inventor who changed the face of guitar manufacturing.

As entertaining as it is revealing, Eruption is the closest readers will ever get to hearing Eddie’s side of the story when it comes to his extraordinary life.”