Tremonti guitarist Mark Tremonti recently reflected on Eddie Van Halen’s passing during an interview with Classic Rock. Apparently, the death of one of his guitar heroes deeply affected Tremonti as it made him think about his own legacy and mortality.
For those of you who may not know, Mark Tremonti feels a huge admiration for Eddie Van Halen, just like many other guitar players. What makes his relationship with the late guitarist exceptional is that he actually got the opportunity to spend some time with him.
During his time with Creed, Tremonti opened for Van Halen on several shows in the 1990s. Furthermore, Eddie Van Halen gifted him a guitar backstage which was one of the most memorable moments in Tremonti’s career, according to him.
In addition to this, when Wolfgang Van Halen grew up to be Van Halen’s bassist, he invited Mark to the band’s rehearsals. As a result, he watched his heroes perform in the magical 5150 Studios.
When Eddie Van Halen passed away due to a stroke on October 6, 2020, at the age of 65, the entire world was saddened by the loss of one of the greatest guitar players that have ever lived. Since Mark Tremonti is a huge fan, he was devastated as well.
In Tremonti’s fifth studio album, ‘Marching in Time,’ released on September 24, 2021, the band paid tribute to fading legends who inspired them with their music, including Eddie Van Halen with a song called ‘The Last One of Us.‘
During his recent interview, Mark Tremonti was asked about the song and the passing of the Van Halen guitarist. According to him, it’s depressing to see his guitar heroes pass away since it makes him question his own mortality as well as the legacy he wants to leave behind when his time comes.
During the interview, Tremonti said:
“It’s getting to that time now. No matter how young our legacy heroes were when they started, they’re starting to pass. It’s depressing. It’s sad. It makes you think about your own mortality, and the legacy you want to leave behind.”
You can listen to ‘The Last One of Us’ below.