Yes, he was just as flashy as the rest of his big-haired brothers, but by no means was a flicker in the pan.
Not only were his fingers running up and down on the fretboard, they ran.
He started playing the piano and drums
The two brothers would form the core of what would later become Van Hallen – through four tumultuous decades of platinum albums, sold-out tours and a revolving door for singers.
He was unable to read music
Van Hallen learned everything he knew from observing other musicians.
It is named after another legendary musician
Originally from Amsterdam, Van Hallen’s Dutch parents named him Edward Ludwijk van Hallen. It is a reference to the famous composer of Beethoven.
He initially had an uncredited role in Michael Jackson’s film Beat It
The recording took half an hour, and he did it for free, for producer Quincy Jones, while the rest of his teammates in Van Halen were out of town.
His band set a Guinness World Record
In 1983, Van Halen performed with his band on “Heavy Metal Day” at the US Festival in San Bernardino, California. They made $ 1.5 million for the 90-minute collection.
At the time, the Guinness Book of Records recognized it as the band’s highest paid single appearance.
He holds several patents
The man who created the Frankenstraat (a cross between Fender and Gibson guitar) holds three different patents – all of which have to do with guitars.
He once used strength training as a accompanying soundtrack
Musicians can get creative when it comes to getting that perfect sound.
His band has really banned M & Ms Brown from behind the scenes
She has followed M & Ms Van Halen’s story throughout their careers, and it’s really true.
He is one of the greatest guitarists in the history of rock music
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