Eddie Van Halen Honored by Slash, Kirk Hammett and Tom Morello at Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (Video)


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This past Saturday night, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 induction ceremony special aired on HBO and HBO Max, a filmed segment honoring the Class of 2020 that was put together in lieu of a traditional in-person event, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the anticipated moments of the show was a special tribute to guitarist Eddie Van Halen, who died in early October after a fight with cancer.

Little was known ahead of the program what the tribute would entail, but it turned out to be a great homage to the late EVH, featuring testimonials celebrating his impeccable influence from the likes of Slash, Metallica‘s Kirk Hammett and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave.

In case you weren’t able to watch the show or don’t have an HBO/HBO Max subscription (click here to register so you can watch the show on-demand), here’s what each guitarist had to say about Eddie.

Slash:

“Eddie Van Halen was a tremendously gifted musician. His style and his sound were completely unique to him. He had a massive impact on guitar playing. I don’t think there’s anybody who’s picked up guitar since 1978 that hasn’t been touched in some way by Eddie Van Halen’s influence.”

Morello:

“Eddie Van Halen was the Mozart of our generation. He had the kind of talent that maybe comes around once a century. Eddie Van Halen inspired me to practice 20,000 hours to try to get within 100 miles of his inspired mastery of the guitar.”

Hammett:

“Eddie Van Halen was amazing. Not since Jimi Hendrix had there been a guitar player that had so much impact and was so inspiring to me. He just explored the most simplest thing: a harmonic on a string and brought it into this realm of technique that no one even thought was possible. He was from a different planet.”

Here’s the tribute segment, via a fan-submitted video on YouTube:

And the trailer for the 2020 induction ceremony:


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