Toto’s Steve Lukather Shares The One Thing Eddie Van Halen Lied About

It’s for sure that Eddie Van Halen looked younger for his age, even in his 60s. However, it seems the guitar virtuoso had to lower his real age back when Van Halen first appeared on the scene. But why? Speaking to Rick Beato, Toto’s Steve Lukather remembered Eddie’s sincere confession about this little white lie.

“We had heard about a guy named Van Halen because Michael Landau and I used to go to Guitar Center and play guitars we couldn’t afford,” Steve remembered the first time he heard of Eddie’s name without knowing it. “We were good, and the guys would come up and say, ‘You know, there’s another guy that comes in here from Pasadena; you guys should meet him.’”

“‘Van Halen…’ I thought a guy was named Van Halen, like a dude!” said Steve, admitting he thought Van was Eddie’s first name. The guitarist then noted, “I didn’t know it was a family [name]. And we auditioned for [a festival] when we were 16, but we didn’t tell him. Me, Landau, and John Pierce; we had a band. We got the gig until they found out we were 16. And then Van Halen was the headline act, and they had been for a while.”

“When the first [time] Van Halen came out,” he recalled, “Eddie lied about his age. The first time we ever really hung out and had an all-nighter together, it was like, ‘How the f*ck [did you do] all these?’ because he was two years older than me. I go, ‘They said you were this age!’ and he goes, ‘That wasn’t me. They lowered my age because they somehow thought it would make me cool.’ In the end, everybody found out. I’m not telling any secrets; he’s two years older than me. He would have been 67.”

It’s hilarious that Steve Lukather thought Eddie’s name was ‘Van Halen.’ However, it appears this wasn’t the only thing that came out as a surprise for him. Although Steve knew Eddie was two years older than him, he noticed that the guitar icon was lowering his age because he was told that it would be cool.