Rick Allen Addresses Eddie Van Halen’s Impact On Him


Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen recently spoke to Murray Adventures podcast about the late Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen’s impact. According to the rocker, the guitar legend inspired him to be who he is today as Allen looked up to him both as an artist and a person.

Van Halen icon Eddie Van Halen passed away due to throat cancer on October 6, 2020, but he left an unforgettable legacy behind him. His signature guitar solos immensely helped his band, Van Halen, become one of the quintessential acts of the 1980s. His death left the music world heartbroken, and many artists have paid tribute to him differently.

Since drumming is not the only passion of Rick Allen, he chose to honor the legendary guitarist by painting a portrait of him to be exhibited in his ‘Legends’ series. The drummer has been interested in painting and photography from a young age, and he recently created his ‘Legends’ art series. His collection includes the portraits of some prominent rock stars like Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, and many others.

In 2021, Rick Allen announced with an Instagram post that he had been working on a painting of Eddie Van Halen to be added to his art series. During a recent interview, the drummer revealed that the names he chose were all the ones who had a massive influence on his music career. Allen expressed that Eddie Van Halen was also a significant source of inspiration for him, so that’s why he decided to include him in his project. He also talked about his great admiration for the iconic guitarist and how honored he was to meet him.

Rick Allen speaking on Eddie Van Halen’s impact on him:

“These are all musicians, singers, songwriters that have inspired me over the years. The last one that I did, I mean, to me, it was pretty obvious Charlie Watts. If it weren’t for Charlie Watts, I wouldn’t be on the phone with you now. I think it’s the end of an era. He inspired so many to pick up a pair of sticks. And it was just my way of paying homage to him. And then another person that I really looked up to and I had the honor of meeting; it’s Eddie Van Halen. So all of these people somehow touched my life and somehow inspired me to do what I do today.”

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