Two Iconic Eddie Van Halen Guitars to Be Auctioned

Eddie Van Halen‘s name is synonymous with the guitar and two of his prized instruments are set to headline an upcoming Julien’s Auctions event.

Eddie’s custom designed 2004 EVH Charvel Art Series guitar (stage played, of course) and a customized and played electric guitar built by Eddie with his guitar tech are two of the top items on the block for the upcoming auction.

The “Icons & Idols Trilogy: Rock ‘N’ Roll Announced” auction will take place Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills and also online at www.juliensauctions.com.

Eddie hand striped his 2004 EVH Charvel Art Series electric guitar. It comes with a maple neck and fingerboard, Fender Stratocaster-style headstock numbered on the back No. 54, in the unique white and black abstract design in the style of his 1978 Van Halen I guitar.

The front of the body is signed Eddie Van Halen, initialed VH 04 and inscribed in Van Halen’s hand San Antonio Texas / 9-28-04. This guitar also features an EVH humbucking pickup with evidence of a cigarette burn to the front. Accompanying the guitar are multiple photos of Van Halen hand-applying taped stripes to the guitar, photos of him playing the guitar onstage in San Antonio and an EVH hardshell case with a partly-smoked cigarette in a plastic vial.

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The other iconic guitar on the block is a customized electric guitar serial number F 0024 built by Van Halen with his guitar tech Matt Bruck at the guitarist’s 5150 home studio. It features a red body with white and black stripes designed and applied by Van Halen. The guitar has a maple neck and fingerboard with dot inlays, pointed Kramer headstock with Kramer machine heads, single humbucker pickup and Floyd Rose tremolo.

In 1991, the guitar was gifted to Van Halen’s close friend Bryan Cash, the owner of Cash’s Centenary Oyster House in Shreveport, La. It is inscribed Yo – / Bryan / Let’s get / shucked / up / Eddie Van Halen / 5150 and was displayed at the bar where it was played by Van Halen when he visited. The guitar also includes a white Van Halen guitar pick and 2 backstage passes, one labelled Bertinelli Guest.

Both of these guitars are estimated to sell each between $40,000 – $80,000.

“As we were preparing for our annual Icons & Idols: Rock and Roll auction lineup, we were stunned to hear the sad news of Eddie Van Halen’s passing last week,” said Darren Julien, President/Chief Executive Officer of Julien’s Auctions. “We are honored to include at this event two iconic guitars from his brilliant and blazing career as one of rock’s greatest and most gifted guitar heroes. His instruments join their rightful place among other rock royalty items from Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson, Aerosmith and many others we look forward to announcing in the coming weeks.”

Other auction highlights, as alluded to by Julien, include a Kurt Cobain stage played and smashed black Fender Stratocaster guitar used on Nirvana’s 1994 In Utero Tour and gifted by the grunge icon to an audience member after their performance at the Palais Omnisport de Rennes in Rennes, France, on Feb 16, 1994; a Michael Jackson’s white nylon right-hand glove with a silver-tone metal hook, entirely adorned with hand-sewn Swarovski crystals used by The King of Pop onstage throughout the historic Victory tour; a Lady Gaga black Kaimin PVC jacket worn in the promotional video and photoshoot for her makeup brand, Haus Laboratories and Aerosmith’s 1993 MTV Video Music Award Moonman for the Viewers’ Choice Award for the single “Cryin’.”

There are also David Bowie, Madonna and Elvis Presley items on the block. For more details visit the Julien’s Auctions site and to register to make a bid prior to the auction, head here.

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Hear a Glorious Bell Tower Tribute to Eddie Van Halen

Musical tributes to Eddie Van Halen can turn up in surprising places. But perhaps none sound as wondrous as a giant church bell tower’s tribute to the iconic Van Halen guitarist who died earlier this month.

The Dom Tower is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands. Just a few days after Eddie Van Halen’s death, carillonneur Malgosia Fiebig performed a soaring medley comprising a slew of Van Halen classics from the tower. The heavenly bell tones give the influential rockers’ catalog a unique twist.

Watch the video down toward the bottom of this post.

The carillon that controls the church tower’s music is a type of instrument made up of 23 different bells. When performed by a carillonneur, the assembly can make thunderous sounds that could wake an entire town.

Just hear how ripping Van Halen numbers such as “Jump,” “Love Walks In” and “Why Can’t This Be Love” get their melodies made almost more heavenly when played by the cacophonous church bells.

This type of tribute is certainly in a class of its own. But salutes to Eddie Van Halen have been pouring in since the guitarist died.

After all, it was a shock to the music world when the renowned shredder and Van Halen co-founder died at the age of 65 on Oct. 6. But, among the many tributes that subsequently emerged, it appears that listeners have remembered the rocker most by enjoying the creative legacy he left: The guitarist’s death prompted a huge surge in the sales of Van Halen’s catalog.

Fan site Van Halen News Desk first pointed out the church bell tribute this week.

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David Lee Roth Aims to Be ‘King of Las Vegas’

David Lee Roth has declared his ambition to become the “king of Las Vegas” now that Van Halen can never return.

He’d said the band was “finished” in September 2019, before it was publicly known that guitarist Eddie Van Halen was suffering from a cancer that would eventually take his life on Oct. 6 this year. He kicked off a brief Las Vegas residency this January.

Asked if he had plans in mind for the next five years of his life, Roth told CBS Sunday Morning in an interview taped prior to Van Halen’s death: “Showbiz. I’m gonna be the kind of Las Vegas.” He continued: “Las Vegas is truly international. Think of it as what the old record stores were. You have the dance section, you’ve got the Latino section, you’ve got the country section… and you have to have an appreciation for the neighborhoods.”

He asserted that “music changes – shoes and haircuts” but that the “mainstays” included “those senses of humor, those senses of family, those senses of what’s dramatic, and those senses of what hits you right in the heart.” He added: “If you had participation in all those communities and you are a genuine fan, then you can say, ‘I have returned to be your king!’”

Earlier this year Roth said he’d been focusing on painting while coronavirus restrictions made it impossible for him to perform. He said of his artwork: “Social commentary is what I do. It’s what I’ve always done. My hand has always been in wardrobe, background sets, stage sets, album covers, video direction. This is part of it. And there’s craft involved, so there’s a little bit more heft to some of the statements.”

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The Day Vince Neil Bit Eddie Van Halen: ‘Good Job, A–holes!’

In 1984, Motley Crue were part of the Monsters of Rock tour alongside Van Halen and AC/DC. The timing coincided with what Crue drummer Tommy Lee referred to as a “crazy biting phase” for his band.

“Motley had this thing we would do if we really loved you: Some people high-five, other people hug. We would bite you,” the drummer explained to USA Today. One person who was not a fan of this love-bite habit: Eddie Van Halen.

Vince [Neil] went over and just chomped on Eddie, and Eddie was so mad. He was like, ‘What the [expletive] is wrong with you?’” Lee recalled of the incident.

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, who said the band’s bites occasionally drew blood, admitted the strange custom nearly cost his band the tour. “I remember [manager] Doc [McGhee] came to us and he goes, ‘Good job, assholes, I think you’re getting thrown off the Van Halen tour,” he recalled in a 2019 interview with Eddie Trunk (as reported by Alternative Nation).

Part of the reason for Van Halen’s anger was the location where he was bitten. For whatever reason, Neil decided to sink his teeth into Van Halen’s hand, a big no-no for the prodigious guitarist.

“Not Eddie’s hand, that is not a target!” Neil laughingly recalled.

“It turned into a huge fight,” McGhee confessed on the Talk Is Jericho podcast in 2015, revealing that he had to “apologize every day” for the Crue’s shenanigans.

Unsurprisingly, Motley Crue’s chomping antics were also poorly received from other bands. “I bit Malcolm Young, and he hated it, too,” Lee admitted. “We did that for a couple of years until we were either over it or realized it might be a little dangerous.”

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Hagar: Van Halen’s Death Would Be ‘Too Much’ If We Never Made Up

2020 is a year that has offered quite a lot of perspective and has come with some valuable life lessons. Even before the pandemic began, Sammy Hagar realized the importance of putting differences aside and reached out to Eddie Van Halen to bury the hatchet. Fortunate that he did, the Red Rocker said he likely wouldn’t be able to “come to grips” with the guitarist’s death if he hadn’t.

“I think that the word is pretty much out that Eddie and I buried the hatchet earlier on this year,” Hagar told Rock 105.5’s Angi Taylor.

“We didn’t go around talking about it. He asked me not to talk about it, and I did not talk about it. But now, looking back, if we wouldn’t have come to terms with that feud we were having after the reunion tour, I wouldn’t have been able to come to grips with it,” the singer went on.

While dealing with Van Halen’s passing remains difficult, there’s a sense of peace that comes with making amends. Without it, “It would have been way too much for me, ’cause I’m still grieving my ass off,” said Hagar. “But the grieving is starting to make… It feels like, hey, we had a great thing. This music will live on forever — beyond me. I’ll sing it for the rest of my life. When I’m gone, hopefully some young bands come up and play that music. And you can always play it in your homes,” the Red Rocker warmly continued.

Of course there are many highly memorable moments between Hagar and Van Halen, but one of the singer’s favorite memories happened during that moment they reconnected.

Hagar recollected, “When I called him, after years of not speaking, back in February, I think, or January, whatever it was — before COVID — he said, ‘What took you so long?’ [Laughs] It put the biggest smile on my face. I said, ‘Oh my God. Don’t ask me.’ That was just very touching to me: ‘Hey, I’ve been waitin’.'”

Eddie Van Halen died on Oct. 6 at age 65 after a lengthy and brave battle with cancer. Just days after his passing, Hagar and former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony moved forward with Hagar’s birthday celebration show, which had been in the works for months prior. It was highly emotional for the two to play Van Halen songs so soon after Eddie’s death, which they reflected on in a post-show recap video.

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Sammy Hagar Reveals More Details of Eddie Van Halen Reunion Call

Sammy Hagar says that Eddie Van Halen had practically been expecting his ex-Van Halen bandmate to reach out to him in the last few months of the guitarist’s life.

Speaking to Angi Taylor on Chicago’s 95.5 FM (embedded below), Hagar said, “When I called him, after years of not speaking, back in February, I think, or January, whatever it was — before COVID — he said, ‘What took you so long?’ [Laughs] It put the biggest smile on my face. I said, ‘Oh my God. Don’t ask me.’ That was just very touching to me: ‘Hey, I’ve been waitin’.'”

Hagar repeated what he wrote to Howard Stern about how they agreed to keep the news of their reconciliation out of the press. The singer added that burying the hatchet is helping him deal with Van Halen’s death, and is reminding him more of the music they made together than the bad times.

“Butt now, looking back, if we wouldn’t have come to terms with that feud we were having after the [2004] reunion tour,” Hagar said, “I wouldn’t have been able to come to grips with it. It would have been way too much for me, ’cause I’m still grieving my ass off… But the grieving is starting to make… It feels like, hey, we had a great thing. This music will live on forever — beyond me. I’ll sing it for the rest of my life. When I’m gone, hopefully some young bands come up and play that music. And you can always play it in your homes.”

In his note to Stern, Hagar wrote that he and Van Halen “had been texting, and it’s been a love fest since we started communicating earlier this year. We both agreed not to tell anyone, because of all the rumors it would stir up about a reunion, etc., and we both knew that wasn’t gonna happen. But he also didn’t want anyone to know about his health.”

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Wolfgang Van Halen Shares Photo Tribute to Eddie Van Halen

The music world suffered a great loss with the death of Eddie Van Halen, but the loss is even greater for Wolfgang Van Halen as he’s also lost his father. The Van Halen bassist was the first to inform the world of his father’s passing and he’s now sharing a string of heart-tugging photos sharing time with his dad.

Wolf starts off with a video that’s certain to bring a few tears, as Eddie Van Halen is fielding questions from audience members at a Q&A session. When one fan asks Eddie if there’s one deceased musician he’d like to play with, the guitarist thinks for a second before responding, “I’d like to jam with my father again.”

Wolfgang then added a series of photos that included Eddie Van Halen sitting on piano next to his father who was playing saxophone. There are also a number of photos from Wolf’s life ranging from childhood pics with Eddie and Valerie Bertinelli at the beach with Wolf and Eddie reading him a bedtime story through Wolf’s teen years jamming with his father and even taking it to modern day with Eddie patting his son on the head as they played together onstage. See the full range of tweeted photos below.

Wolfgang Van Halen isn’t the only family member to dig into the photo archives, with his uncle and bandmate Alex Van Halen previously sharing a photo from youth of the two brothers as young kids while sharing the message, “Hey Ed. Love you. See you on the other side. Your brother Al.”

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David Crosby Forgot Eddie Van Halen Died Prior to ‘Meh’ Tweet

David Crosby has taken to Twitter to express regret and explain his thought process behind his recent tweet about Eddie Van Halen. He claims he had actually forgotten that the legendary guitarist had just died when he posted it.

Rock and metal Twitter basically went bonkers earlier this week when Crosby responded “Meh…” to a tweet asking his thoughts on Van Halen. Several musicians including Tracii Guns, Alex Skolnick and Dee Snider showcased their dismay for the response, which they saw as disrespectful, considering the guitarist had just succumbed to a cancer battle days before.

“Yes you Van Halen fans I did just toss off an answer that was not cool,” Crosby wrote in a new tweet today (Oct. 13). “The even more embarrassing truth is… I didn’t even remember he had just died or I would have kept my mouth shut… I do make mistakes… no offense intended.”

While the aforementioned “meh” tweet has since been removed from Crosby’s profile, his claim that Jimi Hendrix “changed the world of guitar” and several retweets defending his stance remain.

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Folk Icon David Crosby Stirs Backlash Over Eddie Van Halen Tweet

Folk icon David Crosby, most famously of the group Crosby, Stills and Nash as well as The Byrds, has come under scrutiny for a tweet in which he was asked for his thoughts on Eddie Van Halen following the guitar legend’s passing on Oct. 6, to which he replied with a dismissive, “Meh.”

Crosby’s reply led to a back and forth that has left upset fans on Twitter as well as unhappy rock and metal musicians. Most of the exchanges came over the weekend and began on Oct. 10. The 79-year old has since retweeted several messages from other Twitter users who have come to his defensive over what many view as an insensitive remark.

Testament‘s Alex Skolnick posited an alternative way Crosby could have handled the situation, suggesting he instead should have said, “I know he meant a lot to so many but his sound and style just weren’t my thing.” He also shared a screenshot of a post from punk icon Patti Smith, commending her for her words while surmising she wasn’t a big Van Halen fan herself.

L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns was a bit more boisterous than Skolnick, slamming the folk rocker when stating, “Fuck this guy. Fuck this answer and most of all fuck this guy. I don’t give a shit what anyone says. That’s bullshit David.”

The ever-opinionated Dee Snider retweeted Guns’ message, and took his shot when adding, “Agreed. That said, I’ve always hated [David Crosby] AND his mustache.”

Although the original “Meh” tweet from Crosby remains, it does appear that he understands there was a more mindful way he could have got his point across that the groundbreaking guitarist wasn’t someone he felt particularly moved by. Crosby retweeted one message, which suggested he alternatively could have said, “I don’t care for the end product, it’s just not my style. But there’s no question at all about his talent and the revolution he brought to the whole industry.”

Eddie Van Halen is largely credited as a revolutionary guitarist in the rock and metal realm. Not only did his flashy style inspire countless fans to begin playing guitar (and to become insanely proficient at playing it), but he was also a pioneer in sound itself with a signature line of amplifiers, guitars and other gear.

Still, Crosby made it apparent that he views Jimi Hendrix as the singular guitarist who “changed the world of guitar.” He also clarified the “meh” comment as, “Meh to me means I don’t care that much… and I don’t… doesn’t mean he wasn’t good, he was but not for me.”

Now, this isn’t a call to arms to spam a nearly 80-year-old man’s Twitter page with messages of vitriol. You’re better than that. Take the high road.

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That Time Metallica Covered Van Halen in Band’s Hometown

Metallica know how to play to the hometown crowd, as evidenced with their “doodles” in set lists over the last few years. During a 2017 stop at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, they briefly paid homage to Van Halen, and with Eddie Van Halen‘s death making headlines last week, this performance from the metal titans saluting the hometown heroes has come back around online.

For their set, Metallica surprised the crowd with a portion of “Runnin’ With the Devil.” Though a little out of his comfort zone, James Hetfield did an admirable job with David Lee Roth‘s inflections in the song and added some of those familiar Diamond Dave screams as well.

The fans seemed to enjoy the nod, audibly singing along and helping Papa Het out on the vocals, but after the first verse, Hetfield shut it down, explaining “That’s all I can sing.” While acknowledging it was fun, the singer cleared his throat as the band then launched into “Seek and Destroy.”

Metallica issued a band statement on Eddie Van Halen’s death last week, stating, “We are enormously saddened to hear about the untimely passing of Eddie Van Halen. We considered him an inspiration, an idol, and after spending a summer together on the road in ’88, a friend. Sending love to Alex, @wolfvanhalen & everyone in the greater VH family.”

Guitarist Kirk Hammett then followed in an interview with the New York Times, “To me, he was like Tesla or Louis Pasteur or Ray Kurzweil. He might not have been working with circuits or engines or whatnot. He was working with musical notes and guitar strings and bridges and amplifiers.”

He went on to reflect, “It’s kind of mind-boggling. That first Van Halen album blew open everyone’s minds to the potential of electric guitar. My friend John Marshall, who ended up being my guitar tech in Metallica, we went out and bought that album and we could not figure out what we were hearing. Like, it wasn’t real. His right-hand technique, the way he hammered on strings, with super-wide intervals that a person could not humanly stretch. It was an incredible sound. And he was using it so effectively.”

Adding of his legacy, Hammett stated, “Eddie started this momentum of just getting sounds out his guitar that no one got. I mean no one. The first four or five Van Halen albums, he was inventing techniques that we all use now. My guitar-playing friends, we’d get the new Van Halen album and shake our heads. ‘What’s Eddie doing now?'”

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Van Halen Producer Ted Templeman Was ‘Wrong’ About ‘Jump’

Longtime Van Halen producer Ted Templeman stuck to his guns about not being a fan of the band’s classic song “Jump,” though he admitted his assessment of the song was wrong.

After working on the band’s first six albums, Templeman remained close friends with guitarist Eddie Van Halen, who died from cancer on Oct. 6 at 65.

Released in late 1983, “Jump” prominently featured a synthesizer, which was controversial among fans because the band was best known for Eddie Van Halen’s searing guitar performances. But the song reached No. 1, snagged a Grammy nomination and is regarded as one of Van Halen’s best works and one of the most influential songs in rock history.

“The only falling out we ever had was over ‘Jump,’ because I didn’t – and I don’t – like it,” Templeman told Rolling Stone in a recent interview. “It’s stupid because I produced it, but the keyboards just hit me as wrong. He would call me up in the middle of the night and say, ‘Ted, you’ve got to hear this. I’m gonna come and get you.’ And he drove down in his Porsche to Century City and picked me up at three in the morning and drove me up there: ‘Listen to this.’ And they had ‘Jump’ down.”

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The producer remembered that the song “did work” and “sounded great”; the next morning, he instructed singer David Lee Roth to write lyrics. “We sat in the back of his Mercury,” he recalled. “He was writing this song, and I said, ‘That’s terrible.’ … I said, ‘That bothers me. Don’t say “jump.” It sounds like you’re encouraging somebody to commit suicide.’ He said, ‘Nah, nah. I got this thing nailed. It’s got a double entendre.’ And he did. It meant ‘Take a chance,’ but it also meant he was gonna get this girl.”

Still, Templeman “wasn’t wild” about the keyboard element. “I was wrong because it was No. 1, but I don’t even listen to it,” he said. “To me, they were a heavy metal fucking band that could do pop tunes – that’s what I liked about ’em. But that took it into another arena. It reminded me of those bands that play in arenas, and then the fucking thing ended up getting played at every arena before a game. But look, I was wrong.”

Reflecting on Eddie’s talent, the producer said: “He knew his way around music. That’s why his solos and the songs that he and Dave wrote hold up. He wrote the chord changes as a songwriter. I think his impact is that people subconsciously hear melodic solos and people are attracted by that. … I think Ed’s impact is he brought pop stuff into his music. Everybody likes that. No matter how much you like other kinds of music, if you hear a real good pop tune, it just gets you.”

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Anthrax’s Charlie Benante Gets a Van Halen Tattoo in Honor of EVH

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has gotten a Van Halen tattoo on his upper arm as a tribute to Eddie Van Halen, the guitarist and co-founder of the iconic “Panama” performers who died last week at the age of 65.

The fresh ink on the metal veteran appears to have been a last-minute idea. On Sunday (Oct. 11), Benante shared images of the tat on social media. Accompanying the photos, a description from the drummer made his idea for the Van Halen-themed body decoration seem as if it suddenly emerged in a dream.

“When you wake up with an idea and your friend @billy_raike_tattoos says ‘let’s do it,'” Benante remarked.

See the tattoo down toward the bottom of this page.

The mark on the Anthrax member’s bicep portrays the classic Van Halen “wing” logo, and it appears to incorporate red and black shading. The colors are likely a reference to the design on Eddie Van Halen’s unmistakable Frankenstrat, a guitar that had crisscrossing black and white stripes on a red base.

Benante received the ink at Electric Tattoo Parlor in Carpentersville, Ill., a town about 50 miles northwest of Anthrax’s current home base of Chicago. The artist who gave the musician the ink, as pictured in Benante’s post, is the shop’s Billy Raike, a tattooer with 10 years’ experience in the art.

The Van Halen tattoo certainly came at a significant time. Just six short days ago, the Anthrax drummer joined myriad other musicians in mourning Eddie Van Halen once news of the shredder’s death emerged.

“I often said that He was the One that revolutionized gtr playing,” Benante relayed on Oct. 6, the day Van Halen died after a years-long battle with throat cancer. “He was so percussive and his mistakes sound correct (tho he never made one). Our hero’s are all leaving and I hate it!!!”

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