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 Posted: Tue Oct 6th, 2020 10:57 pm
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WongLee wrote: srossi wrote: I do wish I had bitten the bullet and paid the "big bucks" to see Eddie shred closer to his prime years ago even if I didn't like the band much, but oh well. 
If you're talking about a real time world you probably would have been too young to see Eddie in his prime.

I prefer to live in a fantasy world where I was a chain-smoking 62-year old in 1986 who complained that music stopped being good after Duke Ellington. 



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RIP Eddie :(

Van Halen were my first favorite band growing up and Eddie was my favorite guitarist.

Sorry....can't really find the words to say what I'm feeling now.

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Married Jo wrote: I've never cried over a celebrity death, although SRV's hit me really hard, but I have tears in my eyes right now. Van Halen was the first band I ever was fanatical over, it's the Stones and VH (Dave and Sam) and then everyone else for me..part of my childhood just died today...god I fucking hate October..I cried over a lot of them but there is always a feeling of "it's just a matter of time."  The one which shocked me the most and made me sad the longest was Owen Hart...since he was my favorite wrestler, had no drug problems, and had a life planned after wrestling.  But when the newscaster said "A WWF wrestler had tragically died during tonight's PPV...." I crossed my fingers and when I found out it was Owen, I lost it.

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Married Jo wrote: freebirdsforever2019 wrote: Married Jo wrote: I've never cried over a celebrity death, although SRV's hit me really hard, but I have tears in my eyes right now. Van Halen was the first band I ever was fanatical over, it's the Stones and VH (Dave and Sam) and then everyone else for me..part of my childhood just died today...god I fucking hate October..
SRV>>>>>EVH

Oh yeah, I agree with that..I can agree with that also. I respect SRV a lot and I am not a big fan of him in that I just haven't listened to a lot of his catalogue of work. I have seen and listened to enough though that I would put him above Eddie.

I will stand by this though Van Halen, the band is greater than SRV and Double Trouble.
I'm still stunned. I only found out about this a couple hours ago. I've have the headphones on since...and yes rossi, "Eruption" was first on the playlist.
Rest In Peace Eddie.

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I have Sirius but the $8 a month deal only for streaming music, I could care less if I ever hear Howard Stern again, but I did read on a Hagar board today that Stern did a tribute to Eddie and said he heard from Sammy that Eddie and Sammy had been talking this year and buried the hatchet and that made me feel some better. Also saw where Wolfie actually posted on Mikey's instagram last night, apparently all of them had made up..



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I think the craziest thing about Eddie’s career is that his biggest song and most high profile hit isn’t even a Van Halen song. It’s easily his guitar solo in “Beat It”.



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srossi wrote: I think the craziest thing about Eddie’s career is that his biggest song and most high profile hit isn’t even a Van Halen song. It’s easily his guitar solo in “Beat It”.
No way...Jump is bigger..."Beat It" was huge at the time and Thriller was a bigger album but Jump is played EVERYWHERE still to this day, Beat it isn't..my 16 year old nephew knows Jump but he's prob never even heard Beat it



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srossi wrote: I think the craziest thing about Eddie’s career is that his biggest song and most high profile hit isn’t even a Van Halen song. It’s easily his guitar solo in “Beat It”.Yeah have you been sniffing glue again? Beat It was a big deal but Jump was huge. Plus AOR stations played the shit out of Dance the Night Away, You Really Got Me, I'll Wait, and tons of other VH stuff. Why don't you go back inside and put on your Snoopy & the Red Baron album numbnuts.



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Jump is played on at least 4 different stations on Sirius daily..I know I've heard it on Hair Nation, Boneyard, Classic Rewind and 80's on 8....Beat it is played on 80's on 8. It's also played at almost all professional sporting events...don't think I've ever heard Beat it at an NFL game..



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If you survey just men, "Jump" wins. If you survey both sexes, then it's "Beat It".

Only time I saw them was the summer of 1988, headlining "Monsters of Rock". They were easily one of my favorites until about 1991 or so. Socially acceptable rock.

Along with Maiden's "Run to the Hills", their video for "Pretty Woman" was one of the first videos I ever saw. It's simultaneously the greatest AND worst video ever made.



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I had the Van Halen logo scribbled on every schoolbook I had from around 84-91.
RIP
Only saw them once, the 91 tour some of you guys mentioned. I didn't like the show at all, since it was 93.6% Sammy stuff (I get why) but I have always been, and always will be, in the DLR camp. Someone wrote online, that now DLR and Sammy will fight over who loved Eddie more lol. Apparently everyone in the VH camp ended on speaking terms, which is nice.
Good call Erick on the Pretty Woman video, hahaha a classic indeed!!
Favourite Van Halen song - I'll Wait. I crank that intro every time.

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Erick Von Erich wrote: If you survey just men, "Jump" wins. If you survey both sexes, then it's "Beat It".
Gotta disagree.  Most women and some men have zero clue that the solo in Beat It is EVH.  It’s not as simple as knowing Michael Jackson was singing in that Rockwell song.



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Superstar wrote: Erick Von Erich wrote: If you survey just men, "Jump" wins. If you survey both sexes, then it's "Beat It".
Gotta disagree.  Most women and some men have zero clue that the solo in Beat It is EVH.  It’s not as simple as knowing Michael Jackson was singing in that Rockwell song.

It has nothing to do with whether or not you know it’s him. The song itself is infinitely more famous, especially internationally. But even just in the U.S. amongst a much more diverse group of people. 



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My opinion is that it's pretty much a dead heat. "Beat It" was probably more iconic during the 80s, but "Jump" has aged very well and, as Married Jo said, it's compatible with so many formats.


The sound of "Jump" was so different from the earlier VH stuff and it was so radio friendly that it wound up getting heavy airplay on a lot of light rock, adult contemporary stations in early 1984. Later that summer, when "Panama" was the next single, they were stuck playing it because they'd already established that this version of VH was acceptable. So you'd get Kenny Rogers, Culture Club, and then that raunchy EVH guitar tone and "reach down, between my legs, ease the seat back..." I'm sure there were a few moms at that time who were a little put off.



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Married Jo wrote: srossi wrote: I think the craziest thing about Eddie’s career is that his biggest song and most high profile hit isn’t even a Van Halen song. It’s easily his guitar solo in “Beat It”.
No way...Jump is bigger..."Beat It" was huge at the time and Thriller was a bigger album but Jump is played EVERYWHERE still to this day, Beat it isn't..my 16 year old nephew knows Jump but he's prob never even heard Beat it

I still hear Beat It everywhere to this day and my young cousins know Beat It and never heard of Van Halen or almost any old rock groups. 



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