5 Things You May Not Have Known About Eddie Van Halen
When he was in 4th grade at Hamilton Elementary School in Pasadena, Eddie teamed with Alex and three other students to form a band called The Broken Combs. They performed during lunchtime, and while we have no confirmation as to whether or not they were the talk of the school, we do know from Eddieâs own remarks that it was playing with these guys inspired his first desire to become a professional musician.
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3. He contributed guest guitar to the Nicolette Larson song âCanât Get Away From You.â
It seems likely that Eddie found his way onto the song because of the Ted Templeman connection, since Templeman was producing both Larson and Van Halen at the time, but since both artists were on Warner Brothers at the time, one canât help but wonder why Eddie was only credited as â?â on Larsonâs album. (Whatever his reasons, itâs still pretty funny.)
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4. He teamed up with Brian May of Queen for an EP called STAR FLEET PROJECT.
The title track, âStar Fleet,â was actually the theme to a Japanese sci-fi TV series about alien invaders that was being broadcast in the UK. âThe heroes pilot space vehicles which can assemble into a giant robot for land battles (and) the aliens fly fantastic insect-like craft which spawn smaller fighting machines; all intent on possession of the secret of F Zero One,â explained May at the time. âHaving been introduced to all this by my small boy, I became equally obsessed by it, and formed the idea of making a hard rock version of the title theme.â And so he did, with a crew of musicians which â in addition to Eddie â also featured drummer Alan Gratzer, bassist Phil Chen, and keyboardist Fred Mandel, with Mayâs Queen cohort Roger Taylor on backing vocals.
5. He donated 75 guitars to The Mr. Hollandâs Opus Foundation.
Youâll be able to see this interview in its entirety if you click below, but Eddie has said that he had an excess of guitars but couldnât find anyone whoâd take them. This seems mildly implausible, since weâd bet that literally every single person reading the previous sentence thought, âHell, Iâll take one right now,â but weâll allow it, mainly because The Mr. Hollandâs Opus Foundation is a great cause.
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