Paul Gilbert, the co-founder of the hard rock band Mr. Big, has talked about the legendary musician Eddie Van Halen and admitted the shame he felt when he got a chance to hang out with him.
In a recent interview Gilbert gave to UG’s Justin Beckner, he explained what he thinks about Eddie Van Halen and his music style that inspires him with its profundity. Paul has recalled the time when he hung out with Van Halen at his studio for an afternoon.
Gilbert said that he spent time with the legend, but, they never thought of jamming together since he thinks the metal music is not the right vehicle for jamming. Another reason Gilbert referred is that he thinks Eddie is a great improviser and he would have his moments, yet, it’s not jamming music.
Although Paul stated that jamming is not their thing, he said it’s a shame that he got a private moment with Eddie and never picked up guitars. If they were going to play together, they get a band, pick a song, and prepare, Gilbert remarked.
Here is what Paul Gilbert said when asked whether he jammed with Eddie Van Halen:
“No; I hung out with him at his studio for an afternoon once, but we never jammed. I think one of the reasons – and I don’t want to categorize Eddie as a metal player because he has so much depth and blusey-ness to his playing – but one of the nice things about getting into styles like jazz and blues is that you can jam over stuff.
To me, anything that has metal in it, it’s not the right vehicle for jamming. If you have metal in your music, you rehearse and you plan and you compose, and you put together this indestructible thing that is the same every time.
Eddie is a great improviser and he would have his moments, but in general, it’s not jamming music. There’s not a part of a song that goes on as long as you want it in a blues tune.”
“That’s one of the great joys for me getting into the blues more is that suddenly, jamming makes sense.
I feel like it’s a shame that I got to hang out with Eddie and we never picked up guitars but I don’t think it occurred to either of us, it certainly didn’t to me, because jamming isn’t really what we do.
If we were going to play together, we get a band, pick a song, and prepare.”
You can check out the rest of the interview here.