In an interview with Rock Titan TV, Steel Panther frontman Michael Starr talked about the tragic loss of the guitar legend Eddie Van Halen and revealed how much he wished to be Van Halen icon David Lee Roth.
As you might recall, Van Halen’s co-founder and the legendary lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen sadly passed away on October 6, 2020, after a long and vicious battle with throat cancer. His son Wolfgang Van Halen gave the heartbreaking news of his father’s death with a statement he posted on social media.
Recently, Steel Panther‘s lead singer Micheal Starr joined an interview with Rock Titan TV and shared his thoughts on the loss of rock music legend Eddie Van Halen. During the interview, Michael mentioned that Van Halen was everything to him by revealing that he actually wanted to be like David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen.
Here’s what Starr stated about Eddie to whom he referred as the ‘rock god’:
“I didn’t realize how much Eddie was a part of my life — inspiration, music-wise. That band was everything for me. And I’m sure it’s the same for a lot of people.
I always wanted to David Lee Roth. I always wanted to be Eddie. I can’t play guitar that good, but… So, to me, I look at Eddie as this just complete rock god.”
Furthermore, Michael Starr revealed that he had the chance to meet with David and shared the story of his brief meeting with Eddie before his condition got worse by stating:
“And thankfully, I got to meet Dave several times, and I also got to meet Eddie a couple of times before he passed away. And I’m grateful. I only met him briefly, like, ‘Hey, what’s up?’
I met him at a place called Staples, back before Gary Cherone joined Van Halen. It was him and Wolfie at the checkout. I’m, like, ‘Hey, Eddie. I’m a big fan.’ He’s, like, ‘I know your band. Atomic Punks. You guys are pretty good.’ And I was, like, ‘Holy shit! Eddie Van Halen knows our tribute band.’
That was a huge deal. Then I went to Van Halen’s dress rehearsal when they first rejoined with Wolfie at the Forum in Los Angeles. And I was walking in front of the stage, and I saw Eddie walk up, and I just walked to the stage and shook his hand and said hi, and that was the end of it.”
Click here to read the entire interview with Micheal Starr.