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Eddie Van Halen: Remembering a rock and roll icon

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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    I'm surprised you're not blaming Trump for his death Global News. RIP Eddy!

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    Sparkles & Cheech Melon Cougar Camp

    Rest In Peace✌️
    Eddie Van Halen
    🇨🇦❤️👽🎸👍🏼

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    His greatest achievement was his guitar solo on the song beat it on the biggest selling album of all time.

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    Genius n Master of guitar dud is dead (rip) eddie🙁

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    I didn’t listen to his music much but I roommate and friends worshiped him. My heart goes out to people and their loved ones who is hit with cancer. If is such a horrible disease and the treatments are so harsh. I hope there will be advances in medicine that will some day bring about a cure or make it manageable.

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    When he was young, just his physical appearance made him look like the perfect rendition of a guitar god, then his playing sealed the deal.He inspired guitarists from about 1974 – present and his music was and is used in sports stadiums world wide as well as movies and Tv shows. I will continue in having him as my musical master for the rest of my days, he taught me how to play guitar by using my ears. RIP EVH

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    There was nothing more fun than a VAN HALEN concert.

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    Wow they compared me to EDDIE WOW NO I CANT PALAY DANCEE DDRUMN WRITE BUT WE WERE BOTH HETROSEXUAL SUPER GOOD LOOMKING DREAM MALES I NEVER MET HIM . BUT MAN WE HAD HAIR ROCK REAL MATURAL CAUSES . JEFF U ALIVE HELLS BELLS BILL WINNIPEG WOW WOW JEFF GOT LAID MORE THAN ED AND ME . HMMMMM

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    R.I.P. Eddie …🙏🏼🙏🏼
    You will be missed 💔💔

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    Truth I knew Ed also he was the nicest guy

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    Yet another great one from my youth…gone. RIP

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    Shocked, devastated, speechless, heartbroken. Can 2020 please just get the f*ck out of here….

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    Crazy Ginger Jake holden

    R.I.P Eddie he up there rocking out with Lemmy, Burton, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis, Hendrix etc.

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