Yngwie Malmsteen pays tribute to Eddie Van Halen: “He changed everything”
In a live question-and-answer session for fans, the Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen paid tribute to the late Van halen leader Eddie Van Halen and sent respectful words to the musician.
Eddie Van Halen is known for his tenure with his rock band Van halen, which was formed in 1972 by Eddie himself and his brother Alex Van Halen, bass player Brand Pierre, and singer David lee roth, who recently announced his retirement. He was an icon for the rock and roll community, and he is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitarists of all time with his Van halen career.
On October 6, 2020, it was announced that Eddie Van Halen died of cancer. Give his last breaths, Eddiethe wife of Janie Van Halen, his son Wolfgang, his ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli, and Alex Van Halen were by his side just before his death.
On the other hand, Yngwie Malmsteen is a Swedish musician who rose to prominence in the 1980s for his neoclassical heavy metal playing style. During his continuous career of nearly 40 years, Malmsteen released 22 studio albums.
When the world famous guitarist Malmsteen broadcast live on YouTube, he mentioned Eddie Van Halen and sent words of praise for the late guitarist. After a fan asks about Eddie Van Halen, Malmsteen expressed that he changed everything about the guitar.
“What can you say about Eddie? He changed everything. Malmsteen said.
âI had been playing for a while when I heard it. It was sold out – it was like, ‘Wow’, you know, the whole band when it came out on the first album, and everyone I knew was ripping up, putting on humbuckers and starting to type.
“I didn’t want to do this because it’s Eddie and let Eddie be Eddie.”
Yngwie Malmsteen admits Eddie Van Halen influenced him
Later, the guitarist admitted that Eddie Van HalenHis style of play influenced him. By touching Eddiethe first two albums of the Van Halen group, Yngwie said he liked everything Eddie Van Halenstuff on albums.
“He influenced me in other ways,” he admits. âJust to be spontaneous, which I’ve always been anyway, but the way they did those first two albums, I liked it all. It was so live in the studio kind of thing.
Concluding his words, Malmsteen once again paid tribute to Eddie and said there weren’t enough words to say how great a musician he was.
“I really like it, and it was a good thing overall”, Malmsteen adds. “Eddie was amazing. God bless him. Unbelievable. There aren’t enough words really.