The longtime president of Warner Bros. Lenny Waronker recalled the time he suggested Eddie Van Halen change Van Halen’s name and claimed it was like talking to a child.
As you may know, it has been more than a week that the rock music community has lost a guitar legend, Eddie Van Halen. The co-founder and renowned guitarist of Van Halen, Eddie sadly passed away on October 6, 2020, at the age of 65. His son and the current bassist of Van Halen, Wolfgang announced the death of his father after a long and vicious battle with cancer.
Since the Van Halen family lost a precious member, Eddie’s fans and colleagues are looking back at his life and share their personal memories with the legendary guitarist. Recently, a statement from Lenny Waronker, American producer and music industry executive, about Eddie Van Halen went viral on Twitter.
In his statement, Lenny Waronker recalled the time he suggested Eddie reconsider his band’s name. Lenny revealed that talking to Eddie was like talking to a kid since he immediately responded to his advice about changing Van Halen’s name saying ‘that’s my name.’
Here’s what Lenny Waronker stated:
“When David Lee Roth left I went to see Ed with the idea of possibly changing the [band] name, but it was like talking to a kid: He looked at me and said, ‘That’s my name!‘ And I just shut up.”
You can see the tweet about Lenny Waronker’s memory posted on Twitter below.
"When David Lee Roth left I went to see Ed with the idea of possibly changing the [band] name, but it was like talking to a kid: He looked at me and said, 'That's my name!' And I just shut up." – Lenny Waronker https://t.co/ND4rcmcVHQ
— Greg Renoff (@GregRenoff) October 16, 2020