Toto guitarist Steve Lukather paid his tribute to Eddie Van Halen as he spoke in a recent interview with Radio Forrest and opened up about their friendship.

Eddie Van Halen is one of the few guitarists who influenced the whole rock and metal music industry as well as numerous new generation guitarists with his unique playstyle, licks, and insanely fast technique.

However, Eddie had been dealing with lots of health problems for the last twenty years. He overcame lots of diseases such as cancer, but unfortunately, he passed away in October 2020 at the age of 65, which was seen as the end of an era.

Steve Lukather was one of the few friends of Eddie. Besides being friends and colleagues as musicians, they also played together in Michael Jackson’s iconic ‘Beat It’ song where Steve played the rhythm and Eddie played the solo part.

In the conversation, Steve mentioned the relationship he had with Eddie and said that they had been brothers for over forty years. In Steve’s words, nobody loved and respected Eddie as he did.

Furthermore, Steve pointed out that he felt lost after learning about the late guitar icon’s passing and admitted that he has been looking at the picture of Eddie in his house every day which makes him cry sometimes.

The interviewer asked Lukather the following question:

“Do you find it at times now that you want to reach out to Eddie or send him something and you kind of reach for the phone?”

To which Steve responded:

“Well, it’s gutted me, man. We’ve been brothers for over 40 years, and no one loved him and respected him more than me. We were really friends…

It wasn’t just like guitar buddies and stuff, we shared a big chunk of our lives together, and there’s not a day that I don’t miss him.

I have a little area in my home that I have a great picture of him, and I look at it every day, and sometimes I cry.”

You can listen to the full interview below.