Rockers Mourn Loss of Guitar Legend Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen, longtime lead guitarist of the legendary Van Halen, has died today (Oct. 6) at the age of 65. The news came from his son, Wolfgang Van Halen.

Van Halen rose to popularity in the latter half of the 1970s with the release of their self-titled debut album in 1978 and its follow-up, 1979’s Van Halen II. The guitar virtuoso’s incredibly distinctive sound, especially showcased on instrumental tracks like “Eruption,” became a signature part of the band’s identity. His playing has served as an influence for guitarists all around the world.

A plethora of musicians have taken to social media to share their sentiments and mourn the loss of Van Halen, including members of Megadeth, Anthrax, Queensryche, Judas Priest and more. See their tributes below.

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