“This was an extremely fun way to pay respects to a musical legend and to also challenge myself to recreate Eddie’s amazing solo, frame by frame via stop-motion animation,” creator Thomas J. Yagodinski said. “Is it perfect? Of course not. That’s impossible and nothing ever is. … The Jawa is a stop-motion puppet I fabricated, and the guitar is the 1:4 scale mini guitar EVH-004 that I further customized. … Hope you have as fun watching as I had creating.”
Before embarking on its “performance,” the Jawa says, “Edward Lodewijk Van Halen was a virtuoso, innovator, intergalactic legend. Rumors exist of his origin in this galaxy. Once, I scavenged an artifact. I study and learn in deepest tribute.”
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Admitting he didn’t think it was worth recording, he once recalled: “Our producer, Ted Templeman, heard me practicing it for an upcoming gig and asked, ‘What the hell is that?’ I said, ‘It’s a thing I do live. It’s my guitar solo.’ His immediate reaction was, ‘Roll tape.’ I just didn’t think it was something we’d put on a record. Everyone else agreed that we should throw it on.”