In an interview with Raised on Radio, The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan talked about Van Halen’s late guitar legend Eddie Van Halen and clarified a mystery about Eddie’s amp.
As you may know, Van Halen’s co-founder and renowned guitarist Eddie Van Halen sadly passed away on October 6, 2020, at the age of 65. His son and the current bassist of Van Halen, Wolfgang shared the news of his father’s tragic death with a statement he posted on social media platforms. Wolfgang revealed that his father died after a long and vicious battle with cancer.
Recently, The Smashing Pumpkins lead singer and guitarist Billy Corgan joined an interview with Raised on Radio and talked about the devastating loss of Eddie Van Halen by sharing his personal memories with the legendary guitarist.
Initially, Billy mentioned what a great man Eddie was and how sad he had been since he found out we lost such a legend. Corban stated the famous Van Halen song ‘Dance the Night Away’ would be the perfect song to bid Eddie farewell and continued:
“Recently we lost the great Eddie Van Halen. And I said ‘great’ a few times, but let’s use this word – this man was great, great, great!
All I can say is – God bless Eddie and his family. He blessed us with his music and his spirit, and ‘Dance the Night Away’ is the perfect way to usher in some sunshine into what are difficult times for everyone.”
Furthermore, during the conversation, Billy Corban shared a personal memory with Eddie Van Halen when he got the chance to ask him to clarify a myth about his music. Billy mentioned the amp Eddie used on the 1978 album, ‘Van Halen I,’ which allegedly had some special modification.
However, when he asked Eddie whether it was true that he made some special modifications to the amp, he revealed that the myth about the amp did not reflect the truth at all.
Here’s what Billy Corgan stated regarding the rumors about Eddie’s amp:
“And I’ll tell you a quick story – it’s sort of towards the end of the interview and I said to him, ‘You know, there are all those stories about the amp you use on ‘Van Halen I‘…’
And I said, ‘Do you still have the amp?’ He goes, ‘Oh yeah.’ He takes me around the corner and kind of near the dustbin and he’s like, ‘There it is.’ I go, like, ‘What about all the stories that you did all this special modification?‘ He goes, ‘Oh, it’s not true at all.'”
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