It has now been two years since the world lost Eddie Van Halen, who sadly passed away on October 6, 2020 after a long battle with cancer. But the virtuoso guitarist’s legacy will live on forever, as his inspiring playing was groundbreaking and inspired a whole generation of rock musicians.
Eddie became a household name when Van Halen, the band he started with his brother Alex (drums) and vocalist David Lee Roth, released their self-titled debut album in 1978. Eddie’s guitar playing on the record does not sounded like nothing anyone had heard before. His tone, speed and “tapping” technique created a unique style that raised eyebrows at the time, especially on the instrumental track, Eruption, which was a flawless execution of his extraordinary playing.
He would go on to amaze his peers throughout his career as Van Halen would go on to release a string of hit rock albums. And there are a number of other guitarists who have had their own significant impact on the sound of modern rock and metal as well.
With that in mind, here are some of those key players.
As the founding guitarist of Guns N’ Roses, Slash rose to fame when the band’s debut album, Appetite For Destruction, was released in 1987 and propelled the band to monumental success. Born from the sleazy sunset band of the LA hard rock scene, notorious GNR frontman Axl Rose may have been the band’s focal point, but it’s Slash’s playing and individual style that have also become central to the image of the act.
Slash’s bluesy rock influenced melodies and tracks were instantly recognizable, and quite simply for a while in the late 80s and early 90s, Slash was the most famous guitarist on the planet. Michael Jackson even got him to record a number of guitar parts on his 1991 album Dangerous, and the same year Guns N’ Roses released their Use Your Illusion albums, becoming the biggest stadium rock band ever. of the time. Slash would later leave Guns N’ Roses after falling out with Axl, recording his first solo album It’s Five O Clock Somewhere as Slash’s Snakepit in 1995.
From 2002 to 2008, Slash formed and performed in Velvet Revolver with former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland, before teaming up with Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy in 2009, with whom he continues to tour. music today. And against all odds in 2016, Slash and Rose patched up their differences by linking up again in Guns N’ Roses, the legendary act nostalgically roaming huge arenas together ever since.