Rocker Eddie Van Halen, former guitar virtuoso of rock group Van Halen, died Tuesday morning at the age of 65 from throat cancer.
Van Halen is considered to be one of the greatest guitar players of all time — using blinding speed, control and innovation — and one of the kings of the rock genre. One of his most notable solos was featured in Michael Jackson’s hit “Beat It.”
With his distinct solos, Eddie Van Halen fuelled the ultimate California party band and helped knock disco off the charts starting in the late 1970s with his band’s self-titled debut album, and then with the blockbuster record 1984, which contains the classics “Jump” “Panama” and “Hot for Teacher.”
Canadian rock and roll star Kim Mitchell joins us to share his thoughts on Van Halen, his impact, and his legacy in the music business.
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