Metallica’s iconic lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, and Guns N’ Roses legend Slash have commemorated the late guitarist and successful inventor, Eddie Van Halen, during the ‘In Memoriam’ segment of this year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony.
With the passing of the legendary musician, Eddie Van Halen, who died because of cancer on October 6, 2020, at the age of 65, the whole metal community has mourned their great loss this year. A lot of his musician friends, such as Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, have paid tribute to the legend with several performances.
Eddie Van Halen was not forgotten during one of the biggest events of the year for the music industry, as well. He was honored in this year’s Rock Hall ‘In Memoriam‘ segment along with Little Richard, Bill Withers, Neil Peart, John Prine, Ginger Baker, Ric Ocasek, Dr. John, Kenny Rogers and Charlie Daniels.
Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and Guns N’ Roses’ Slash were among the names who recalled the huge legacy of Van Halen during the ceremony. Hammett said that Eddie Van Halen was just like from a different planet. He explored the simplest thing, a harmonic on a string, and brought it into a realm of technique that nobody even thought was possible, he added.
Slash also appreciated the personality and talent of Van Halen by calling him a truly gifted musician. He said that he doesn’t think there’s anybody who has picked up a guitar since 1978 who hasn’t been touched in some way by Eddie Van Halen’s influence. Slash ended up his words by admitting he really misses his playing and him, as a friend.
The 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was premiered by HBO on November 7. This year’s inductees were Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., and T. Rex. Four of the Inductees were on the ballot for the first time, including The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G., and T. Rex.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a museum and hall of fame located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States, on the shore of Lake Erie. The museum documents the history of rock music and the artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have influenced its development.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was established on April 20, 1983, by Ahmet Ertegun, founder and chairman of Atlantic Records. Van Halen was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2007.
Here’s what Kirk Hammett said about Eddie Van Halen during the ceremony:
“Eddie Van Halen was amazing. Not since Jimi Hendrix had there been a guitar player that had so much impact and was so inspiring to me.
He just explored the most simplest thing, a harmonic on a string, and brought it into a realm of technique that nobody even thought was possible. He was just like from a different planet.”
Slash recalled Eddie Van Halen by saying:
“Eddie Van Halen was a truly gifted musician. His style and his sound were completely unique to him. He had a massive impact on guitar playing and I don’t think there’s anybody who has picked up a guitar since 1978 who hasn’t been touched in some way by Eddie Van Halen’s influence.
I really miss his playing and I really miss him as a friend.”
You can see the official trailer of 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony below.