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Eddie Van Halen

Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen (born January 26, 1955) is a Dutch virtuoso guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist and co-founder of the eponymous hard rock band Van Halen. He is often considered as one of the world's greatest guitarist, with Allmusic describing him as "Second to only Jimi Hendrix... undoubtedly one of the most influential, original, and talented rock guitarists of the 20th century." He is ranked 8th in Rolling Stone's 2011 list of the Top 100 guitarists.. In 2012, Guitar World's poll named him as the greatest guitarist of all-time. Born January 26, 1955 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, Edward Lodewijk van Halen is a son of clarinetist, saxophonist and pianist father Jan van Halen and mother Eugenia. Eugenia van Halen was originally from Indonesia which was a former Dutch colony; Eugenia was half Dutch and half Indonesian. Edward's middle name "Lodewijk" was derived from composer Ludwig van Beethoven (Lodewijk is the Dutch version of Ludwig). Edward continued this naming tradition by naming his son Wolfgang Van Halen after composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.. In February 1962 the Van Halen family moved to the United

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Eddie Van Halen Sues -- Contractor Left Me with a Moldy Shaft

Eddie Van Halen Sues
Contractor Left Me with a Moldy Shaft

Hope Eddie Van Halen swims as good as he plays guitar -- 'cause his L.A. home got drenched after a contractor screwed up his remodel, and ended up costing him more than a million bucks ...… READ MORE >

Eddie Van Halen -- Recovering After Emergency Surgery

Eddie Van Halen
Recovering After Emergency Surgery

Sorry Japan, you're gonna have to wait for Van Halen ... the band is postponing their Japanese concert tour because Eddie Van Halen just underwent emergency surgery on his intestine. Van Halen… READ MORE >

- 602 days ago
Eddie Van Halen -- 'Back to the Future' Walkman Scene Was Really Me!!!

Eddie Van Halen
'Back to Future' Walkman Scene Was Really Me!!!

Eddie Van Halen swears ... it was really him shredding guitar in that famous scene from "Back to the Future" -- when Marty McFly pops a cassette tape into his walkman ... and blows out his… READ MORE >

- 665 days ago
Cover Band to Van Halen -- Finish What Ya Started ... or We Will!

Cover Band to Van Halen
Finish What Ya Started ... or We Will!

A Van Halen cover band says that if the real Van Halen is too "burnt out" and too old to finish their postponed tour dates ... they are more than happy to take over.Van Halen (the real… READ MORE >

- 704 days ago
Van Halen -- We're Just Burned Out

Van Halen
We're Just Burned Out

Even rockstars can get tired ... and TMZ has learned that's exactly why Van Halen decided to postpone 31 upcoming concert dates. Sources close to the band tell us ... the guys felt like the… READ MORE >

- 706 days ago
Eddie Van Halen -- I Own a Tiny Dog ... and I'm DAMN Proud Of It!

Eddie Van Halen
I Own a Tiny Dog ... and I'm DAMN Proud Of It!

Eddie van Halen says he's NOT ASHAMED by his fragile, cutesy-wootsy little pomeranian doggie ... despite his macho rock-god image ... telling TMZ he loves the little guy, no matter what other… READ MORE >

- 779 days ago
Valerie Bertinelli -- Married in Malibu

Valerie Bertinelli -- Married in Malibu

Valerie Bertinelli got married this afternoon in Malibu ... TMZ has learned.We got this picture of Valerie, taken just after she exchanged vows with Tom Vitale at her Malibu home.Valerie got… READ MORE >

- 1208 days ago
Van Halen -- Brotherly Love Is Audi This World

Van Halen
Brotherly Love is Audi This World

Eddie and Alex Van Halen came from the same womb, played in the same legendary rock band ... and now they're driving identical $120,000 silver Audi R8s.We're told the rock star brothers purchased… READ MORE >

- 1633 days ago
Van Halen Heartbroken Over Jackson

Van Halen
Heartbroken Over Jackson

He provided the rock guitar solo in Jackson's hit song "Beat It." TMZ has just heard from Eddie Van Halen on Michael Jackson's death:"I am really shocked; as I'm sure the world is, to hear the… READ MORE >

- 1764 days ago
Van Halen's Toe Jam

Van Halen's
Toe Jam

Eddie Van Halen's boots were made for trashin'.The guitarist hosted an event at LA's House of Petals on Wednesday sporting a pair of boots that were worn down to the bone -- literally.Eddie's… READ MORE >

- 2758 days ago

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