Eddie Van Halen was a true musical legend and certainly, is also considered one of the greatest guitar players of all time. Furthermore, he is also the one who popularized or made famous the guitar tapping technique. He was the co-founder of a very popular rock band Van Halen which was formed back in 1972.
There is no doubt that Van Halen was and is one of the most legendary rock bands of all time and they have sold more than 75 million albums globally. Furthermore, they are even listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. They have many hit songs and we fans have our own favorite songs from the band which varies from us fan to fan however, did Eddie Van Halen have any favorite song from his band? if he did then what song is that? we will discuss this in this handy article, so now without further ado let’s get right into the topic.
Eddie Van Halen favorite Van Halen songs
Halen has talked about his favorite songs from the band several times and according to Halen, he really liked Eruption. After listening to this song, fans named him the guitar god. Furthermore, Halen also mentioned Spanish Fly as one of his favorite songs from Van Halen. He said, “I think ‘Eruption’ is one. ‘Spanish Fly’, just because it’s the same thing except it sounds like Segovia doing something, it’s on a Flamenco guitar, I wish somebody would take that technique and do something with it. I had no idea it would trip people out to the point that it did.” So are these the only favorite songs of Eddie Van Halen from his band? nope, he also has other several favorites, what songs are they? let’s find out.
Halen was someone who really heard what his audience wanted. Halen explained that he would always pick songs to play at concerts or live shows which his audiences would respond to. He said, “To pick songs, I can only go by what the audience response is, like say Runnin’ with the Devil, to the day I die, we’ll have to play that because that’s what people want to hear, and Ain’t Talkin Bout Love, Unchained, and Jump. There are all kinds of stuff.”
These were the songs he choose because his fans or the audiences would respond to these songs however, he has mentioned a few other songs from the band that are his favorites. Halen stated that there are a few songs he really likes from the band including Drop Dead Legs, Girl Gone Bad, and Romeo Delight.
Eddie explained, “I love Girl Gone Bad. One of my favorite songs of ours is Drop Dead Legs, whether it’s a hit or not, I love that song. Probably the more obscure stuff, like Wolfie [Van Halen, Eddie’s son] loves Romeo Delight. I do too.”
These are the few songs from Van Halen that Eddie has mentioned as his favorites and unlike a few artists, he has mentioned the songs he really liked from his band. Now, we have known what songs from the band he likes, let’s briefly talk about how this legend passed away. It has been two years since this music legend died, let’s look into his legacy and death briefly.
Eddie Van Halen’s death and legacy
If you have been listening to Van Halen and are a fan of Halen then you must know that he started drinking alcohol and smoking when he was 12 years old. Later he also started doing drugs and soon he became an alcoholic as well as a drug addict. After struggling with drugs and alcohol, Halen went to a rehabilitation center in 2007 and since 2008 he left drinking.
Later he also got tongue cancer and according to Halen, he got cancer because he always holds a guitar pick in his mouth. He explained, “I used metal picks – they’re brass and copper – which I always held in my mouth, in the exact place where I got the tongue cancer. … I mean, I was smoking and doing a lot of drugs and a lot of everything. But at the same time, my lungs are totally clear. This is just my own theory, but the doctors say it’s possible.”
His cancer was cured in 2002 however, he later got throat cancer and in 2019 he was hospitalized. However, it was not cancer that killed him, on October 6, 2020, Haled died because of a stroke, he was 65 years old at the time of his death. He died at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California.
It was truly heartbreaking and shocking news for the world, especially for his fans. Although he has died his music lives and it will last forever. In their new album Return of the Dream Canteen, Red Hot Chilli Peppers paid tribute to Eddie. Just like this, many musicians paid tribute to the legend on various social media platforms.
After Eddie’s death his band Van Halen got disbanded. Halen’s son Wolfgang revealed on The Howard Stern Show that the band will no longer continue. He further explained, “You can’t have Van Halen without Eddie Van Halen.” Certainly, Eddie Van Halen has left this world, but he will always remain in our memories and he will continue living through his music forever. Halen’s son Wolfgang Van Halen followed his father’s steps and has become a musician. He was the bassist of his father’s band Van Hallen and even though the band will now not continue, we are sure that Wolfgang will keep his father’s legacy alive. Not only he but all the members of Van Halen will keep Eddie’s legacy alive.
It still breaks our hearts to think about Eddie’s death however, everything must come to an end, and although he passed away, his memories with us will remain as long as we live. Furthermore, as we mentioned above he will also live forever through his music. He introduced us to soul-touching songs and inspired various guitar techniques, truly he was such a legend. He will forever be in our hearts and will always remain so, we really miss him and always will be.