Country Music Reacts to Eddie Van Halen's Passing

October 7, 2020
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As the news circulated around the "Rock World" that Eddie Van Halen, the guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen, had passed away at the age of 65 after a long battle with throat cancer, The "Country World" began to react as well.

It's easy to forget we here in country music have a few artists that are pretty amazing guitarists, and were influenced by Eddie's music. 

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Brad Paisley posted a picture of Eddie on his instagram saying, in part "I am so sad to hear we lost @eddievanhalen today. I loved everything about the fire and style he brought to the guitar. I studied him, heck everybody did, we all wanted to play just like him." 

I am so sad to hear we lost @eddievanhalen today. I loved everything about the fire and style he brought to the guitar. I studied him, heck everybody did, we all wanted to play just like him. But no one did it quite like him. Thank you Eddie for being a pioneer. It’s unimaginable what the guitar would be without you.

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... and then went on to post a clip of himself on stage with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Guns 'N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and actor Will Ferrell, dressed up like David Lee Roth, for a short performance of "Hot for Teacher" from Van Halen's 1984 album. He said "Eddie, your influence will live on forever."

For @eddievanhalen Me, #willferrell, @chadsmithofficial @officialduffmckagan playing dress up. Eddie, your influence will live on forever.

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Another country axe slinger, Keith Urban also took to social media to tribute. He praised Eddie's originality, saying the news of his death "hit me hard."

Just heard the news of Eddie Van Halen’s passing ..... this hit me hard. There are lots of great guitar players in the world, but very VERY few true innovators. Players who seem to have arrived from a far distant planet , and who bring a completely new color to the rainbow. Eddie Van Halen was this and so much more. Even without the finger tapping, you had a player with extraordinary touch, tone, and a rhythmic pocket and bounce that floated like Ali in the ring. He was a master of complex solos that spoke to non musicians...THAT IS HARD TO DO. The reason was the exquisite melody in his heart, and the joy in his soul of playing FOR people - and it came through like a ray of sun we ALL felt. I say a prayer today for his family and friends. - and from players like me , all over the world who never got to meet him, I say THANK YOU EDDIE. WE LOVE YOU !!!!!!!

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Kenny Chesney called Eddie a friend and a hero adding, "Rest In Peace to the best guitar player that ever lived. We will miss you Eddie Van Halen. Your music will live forever!!"

Our Guitar Goddess Lindsey Ell said.."Thank you for everything you taught us, EVH."

A true legend in his own right...to change the course of the future of guitar forever. Your music, your spirit and your legacy will live on. Thank you for everything you taught us, EVH. ❤️ @eddievanhalen

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Jay Demarcus from Rascal Flatts said, "Another legend taken away from us.... This is absolutely heartbreaking."

...Just to name a few. Country artists get their influence from a lot of places and when one is taken away it's just painful. Rest In Peace Eddie Van Halen