Album: Van Halen
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R.I.P Eddie Van Halen, definitely in the conversation as the greatest rock guitarist of all time.
I was a sophomore in high school when Van Halen came out. And there was definitely a before and an after.
There, of course, had been artists that had combined pop and hard rock: short, catchy songs with thundering riffs, screaming vocals and swirling guitar solos. Obviously Grand Funk, Kiss, and Aerosmith — and don’t forget Alice Cooper — all succeeded, and Montrose and UFO certainly tried, though commercial success on a mass scale eluded them.