• Where Did EDDIE VAN HALEN's Finger-Tapping Technique Come From? CHRIS HOLMES Weighs In

    9 days ago - By Blabber Mouth

    Former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes, who grew up in the same Pasadena, California neighborhood as Eddie Van Halen, spoke to Canada's The Metal Voice about the origins of Eddie's two-handed tapping technique.
    "I took lessons from probably, say, '74 or '75. And I was painting a house in La Cañada at the time, and there was a guy had gold records on the wall. It was Harvey Mandel's house. And I never met him, but I met his wife. We were painting. And I told Terry, 'Hey, there's this guy Harvey Mandel. Who's Harvey Mandel?' And Terry says, 'You know him?' I go, 'I don't know him, but I know...
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  • QUEEN's BRIAN MAY On EDDIE VAN HALEN: 'I Love His Playing, And I Always Will'

    9 days ago - By Blabber Mouth

    BBC Radio One has unearthed a years-old audio clip of QUEEN's Brian May speaking about his memories of watching Eddie Van Halen perform in London in 1978.
    "There hadn't been anything so shocking since Jimi Hendrix," Brian said. "I saw VAN HALEN support BLACK SABBATH. Tony Iommi was a very good friend, even by that time. And the pair of us watched Eddie Van Halen do his stuff, and it was just glorious - almost too glorious to take in, to see this guy romping around a guitar like a kitten, just running and taking it to places undreamed of. I love his playing, and I always will."
    When Eddie's...
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