Slash and Mike McCready honor Eddie Van Halen: 'Like Mozart for guitar'

'We lost a major contributor to rock 'n' roll'

The rock world continues to mourn the loss of Eddie Van Halen as his peers in the industry have paid tribute to the legendary guitarist.

Eddie passed away on October 6 after a long battle with throat cancer and left behind an enduring legacy and impact on guitar players worldwide.

“He changed guitar playing,” Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash told WGN-TV in an interview.

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“He was such an amazing musician, amazing guitar player, amazing innovator, and just a hell of a guy. We lost a major contributor to rock ‘n’ roll,” he added.

Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready took to the band’s Twitter account to offer his tribute to Eddie Van Halen.

“Can’t believe Eddie Van Halen died,” he wrote.

“I saw them on the VH2, Women and Children First, Fair Warning, and Diver Down tours. Also when they came back with David. I started playing guitar about a year after Van Halen I came out. It sounded like Eddie was from another planet and the energy from Van Halen was undeniable. Amazing songs too. ‘Romeo Delight,’ ‘On Fire,’ ‘Unchained,’ ‘Mean Street,’ ‘DOA,’ ‘Light Up the Sky,’ ‘Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love,’ ‘Eruption,’ ‘Atomic Punk,’ ‘Everybody Wants Some,’ on and on I can go…”

McCready added, “Tim Dijulio and I would skip school and wait in line all day for Van Halen back in the day. Eddie was like Mozart for guitar. Changed everything and he played with Soul. RIP EVH.”

In honor of the late Eddie Van Halen, take a look at these five live performances that showcased his mastery of the guitar.

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