Steve Vai On Losing Eddie Van Halen: ‘It’s Not Like He Died At 27’
David Lee Roth’s touring guitarist Steve Vai recently opened up about the loss of Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen during an appearance on CMS Music. According to him, losing such an important musician was heartbreaking but bearable as he didn’t die untimely like the members of the 27 club.
Eddie Van Halen is regarded as one of the all-time greatest guitar players in rock history who dominated the rock music scene with his tapping guitar solo technique. With Van Halen, the guitarist released a number of monumental songs including ‘Eruption,’ ‘Aint Talkin’ ‘Bout Love,’ ‘I’m The One,’ and many more.
Unfortunately, Eddie Van Halen passed away on October 6, 2020, at the age of 65, due to a stroke after battling throat cancer over the previous five years. The musician was surrounded by his wife, son, ex-wife, and brother in the hospital before he left this world for good.
Since he was and still is an important figure in the music industry to so many, Van Halen was honored by several former musicians he worked with after his death. It has been over a year but fans are still pouring his passing which is the reason why Steve Vai was recently asked about how he felt upon losing a legendary guitar player.
During the interview, Vai stated that he’s a fan of Eddie Van Halen like everybody else which is why he feels the loss in his heart. However, he also finds consolation in knowing that everything is temporary including people. The guitarist said that he gets through loss by excepting everybody will die at some point.
In addition to this, Steve Vai has another perspective regarding the passing of Eddie Van Halen. According to him, the guitarist had an amazing career during which he proved himself to be one of the bests, and he didn’t die at the young age of 27 which gives Vai some sort of consolation once again.
About Eddie Van Halen, Vai said:
“When it comes to the way I felt about Edward and the mourning of his loss, I’m a fan like everybody else, and I feel the way they do. But I know, also like many people, everything in this world is coming and going and coming and going and coming and going. And if it doesn’t go, it only means you went before it. And we just don’t know when.
So that’s something that helps me to get through loss because it’s gonna happen. But it was a beautiful, beautiful, amazing ride that he had, and he just delivered so much. And he had a great run. It’s not like he died at 27. And we don’t wanna see anybody like that go, we wanna squeeze every note out of ’em.”
You can watch the interview below.