In an interview on SiriusXM, former guitarist of Marilyn Manson and the current member of Rob Zombie, John 5 talked about the recently deceased guitar legend Eddie Van Halen and revealed how unexpected Eddie’s death for him.
As you may know, a few days ago, renowned lead guitarist and the co-founder of Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen passed away on October 6, 2020, following his battle with throat cancer. Eddie’s son and the current bassist of Van Halen, Wolfgang shared the devastating news of his father’s death with a statement on Twitter.
Many musicians and fans around the world reacted to the tragic death of Van Halen with various statements and photos they shared on social media platforms. Recently, Ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5 joined a conversation with Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk on SiriusXM and shared his feelings about the devastating loss of the rock music community.
In the interview, John 5 stated that he knew Eddie wasn’t doing great lately but believed he could beat this disease since he was the ‘Superman.’ However, whenJohn 5 heard the news about Eddie’s death, he was shocked and didn’t want to believe it was true.
Here’s how John 5 reacted to the devastating news of Eddie’s death:
“We all knew that Eddie was not well, but he’s like our Superman. We all thought ‘Eddie’s gonna be fine. We saw him at the Tool concert. He’s gonna beat this. Everything’s gonna be fine. He’s our Superman.’
And when that news hit, I was talking to Fred Coury, and I said, ‘I’ve gotta go.’ I just hung up and I had to pull over on the freeway. I just couldn’t believe it. I was just shocked. It’s just the worst news — the worst. Because we listened to him every day; we saw his picture every day; he’s been a part of our lives since the late ’70s, and now he’s gone. But he changed the world forever, that’s for sure.”
Furthermore, John 5 revealed that he talked to Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth a short while ago and he stated that Eddie was not doing well. He mentioned that it became even more serious when John 5 heard the news from someone close to Eddie and continued:
“I talked to Roth a while ago, and he was, like, ‘Yeah, Eddie’s not doing well.’ And I remember I’m sitting there at his place, and I started to well up, I was starting to tear up.
I was, like, ‘Okay, get ahold of yourself.’ Because that’s you hearing it from someone that’s close to Ed. I was, like, ‘All right. Keep it together.’ Because I was shocked. I was, like, ‘Oh my God. This can’t be.'”
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