Mike McCready reacts to news of the death of Eddie Van Halen

Mike McCready reacted to news of the death of Eddie Van Halen on Twitter and Instagram shortly after the guitarist’s son announced the legend’s passing yesterday.

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Can’t believe Eddie Van Halen died.

I saw them on the VH2, Women and Children First, Fair Warning, and Diver Down tours. Also when they came back with Dave. 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…

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.


Mike McCready


Stone Gossard also commented on Eddie Van Halen on KISW: “Nobody knows how to really play like him. There’s so much joy and this sort of circus with smiles. They’re just amazing, an incredible band.

Mike played many times Eruption live, while Pearl Jam played Ain’t Talkin’ bout Love live three times.