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"Van Halen is a work in progress." - Alex Van Halen

"Eddie Van Halen was probably the most influential." - Tony Iommi

"Classic Van Halen made people want to dance and f**k. Modern Van Halen makes you want to drink milk and drive foreign cars." - David Lee Roth

"I had a solo career before Van Halen. My fan base filtered through Van Halen with me and came right on out the other side with me." - Sammy Hagar

"Without a doubt, Eddie Van Halen is the greatest guitar player who has ever lived." - Zakk Wylde

"I do like Eddie Van Halen as a player. He gets it right quite often." - Paul Mccartney

"Loial, son of Arent, son of Halen, had secretly always wanted to be hasty." - Robert Jordan

"I've heard my share of Van Halen. I never liked rock." - Brad Paisley

"Van Halen can keep providing the rain and I'll keep providing the parade." - David Lee Roth

"The name Van Halen, the family legacy, is going to go on long after I'm gone." - Eddie Van Halen

"That song ["Don't Tell Me"] didn't take us anywhere, and I know why now. It wasn't what Van Halen fans wanted. It showed the darkness of Van Halen, and basically the end of the band." - Sammy Hagar

"My heroes were Eddie Van Halen - especially after Van Halen I, II, III, and IV - Randy Rhoads, Ace Frehley and dudes like that. My brother played drums and we jammed in the garage and started writing our own stuff." - Dimebag Darrell

"Greg Ginn was certainly a huge influence on my guitar playing. I put him up there with people like Eddie Van Halen. Eddie Van Halen changed everything; I don't necessarily like everything he did, but he definitely changed everything." - Buzz Osborne

"At some point I decided I didn't want to learn any more guitar technique. I was at that level where the next mountain there was to climb was Van Halen and I didn't really like Van Halen." - Rostam Batmanglij

"My first impression of Van Halen was that David Lee Roth was a god, and that so was Eddie." - Dave Mustaine

"If you put a Van Halen album in your record collection, it will melt all the rest of your records." - David Lee Roth

"I look at Van Halen as social workers. What we're really doing is creating jobs for rock critics." - Alex Van Halen

"Every once in awhile I'll call up Eddie (Van Halen) and ask, Found that fourth chord yet?" - Billy Gibbons

"I loved that song ["Don't Tell Me"], but man, it was dark. That song did nothing for Van Halen." - Sammy Hagar

"The Beatles will never get back together and David Lee Roth will never again sing with Van Halen." - Alex Van Halen

"I wouldn't mind meeting Eddie Van Halen. That would be great. We need to invite him to a race." - Al Unser

"When I was 13, I was just figuring out how to play 'Eruption,' poorly, by Eddie Van Halen." - Dierks Bentley

"Dave thought he was bigger than Van Halen the band. So there was this catfight going on for 10 years." - Gary Cherone

"The first Van Halen album makes Johnny Rotten out to be what he really was and still is: a hairdresser." - Henry Rollins

"You can never deny the immense talent, rock credibility and iconic historical contribution that Van Halen made." - Steve Vai

"I admire Eddie Van Halen and Steve Lukather, but they might blow me away quite easily if we were to jam together." - Eric Clapton

"There's very little greatness in this world, but in the crucible of quality there's a special corner reserved for Van Halen." - Bob Lefsetz

"Sometimes I'll listen to a little old Van Halen, or some Beatles, Zeppelin stuff, classical music... I like a lot of different things." - Eric Carr

"People say that life is a cesspool of darkness and dispair. Well we of Van Halen are sailing through it in a yacht!" - David Lee Roth

"The human mind is like Van Halen. If you just pull out one piece and keep replacing it, it just degenerates." - Fran Kranz

"There's no great guitarist that doesn't sit down and listen to Chet Atkins and Eddie Van Halen, and all these other great players." - Lee Ann Womack

"I'd say it ["I Can't Drive 55"] has probably been the most successful song I've ever been involved with, including any Van Halen songs." - Sammy Hagar

"I really think that Van Halen has two choices if they want to continue. And maybe they don't want to continue, because they don't seem to do much" - Sammy Hagar

"I was more influenced by players like Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen than by the guys in southern rock bands." - Dimebag Darrell

"Few bands in hard rock history have been so adept at balancing the awesome and trivial as Van Halen in their prime." - Chuck Eddy

"You have Extreme and Van Halen and the history that I have with other people I played with. There are some effects that will hopefully break that stereotype." - Gary Cherone

"If I had had a chance to tour with Van Halen before the record, I think it would have been a different record." - Gary Cherone

"It was fun while it lasted, but it never seemed real to me. I could not believe I was in Van Halen." - Gary Cherone

"I think a lot of modern day guitarists start off playing like Eddie van Halen, and they don't take the time to learn the basics." - Alvin Lee

"What draws people to the instrument is the love for guitar players that play a certain way. I mean, even though it wasn't intentional, it was hard to avoid copying Eddie Van Halen. He was basically the *bleep* back then." - Tom Morello

"If aliens came down and challenged us to a Battle of the Bands to decide the fate of Planet Earth, I would feel very confident putting early Van Halen forward as our champion." - Tom Morello

"Ted Templeman, the producer, and Donn Landee, the engineer, are the same team that signed Van Halen, when they were called Mammoth. Donn convinced them to change it to the last name of the guitar player and drummer." - Sammy Hagar

"In death metal, a lot of guys are Eddie Van Halen disciples, but they take his style to really expressionistic places. It's a real pleasure for me to hear people pushing their craft." - John Darnielle

"It's the most natural progression for me to becoming a singing sensation next. And so many people have offered to be on it. Eddie Van Halen... and Prince, Madonna and Cyndi Lauper will probably be a backup trio." - Paul Reubens

"In Van Halen there were moments, like in some of the ballads, I put my heart and soul into those records. Those lyrics when I sang 'em, I gave myself goosebumps." - Sammy Hagar

"When we were on the road, I found out that my greatest hits album went Gold. They freaked out. Things really came to a head when we started arguing about a Van Halen greatest hits package." - Sammy Hagar

"Dave was great in Van Halen. No question about it. He was one of the best at being Mr. Rock Star. But it's sickening to see a guy still trying to be that with a wig on 20 years later." - Sammy Hagar

"If I would have ever dreamed that I wouldn't be in Van Halen anymore and was going to have resume my solo career again, I would have never contributed anything towards my own greatest hits package." - Sammy Hagar

"When I left Van Halen, I went in the studio and made a CD called Marching to Mars with all studio musicians. I did it immediately. With the disappointment riding on my shoulders of the breakup of the band." - Sammy Hagar

"I liked a lot of the things other people liked - Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC - but if I compared it to my dad's music, there just seemed to be elements missing." - Dweezil Zappa

"When I was in Van Halen I was hitting notes that were out of my range. I never went for those registers before until Eddie pulled it out of me." - Gary Cherone

"I did some research and tried to pull out some old, classic Van Halen that they had not played in 10 or 15 years. I think that was Sammy's mistake. I he didn't want to do the Dave stuff." - Gary Cherone

"The Alanis Morissette tour, everybody thinks that was all sitting around, lighting candles and talking intelligently about synergy and big words. That band was so gnarly. We were such scumbags. Alanis had no idea. We were like Van Halen." - Taylor Hawkins

"Spitfire asked me if I had a problem talking about Van Halen or Extreme. I really don't. There are people who are just going to want to know what it was like to play with Eddie." - Gary Cherone

"It's hard to say this about a guy like Eddie Van Halen, one of the greatest guitar players who ever lived, but he's really limited to a style and they're locked into it." - Sammy Hagar

"When Van Halen started out, there was no path to fame. We just played what we liked. Even today it always comes down to the simplicity of rock and roll." - Eddie Van Halen

"You know, most people, they want to go to Hollywood. They want to be a star. They want to be a rock star. That thought never entered any of our minds, the Van Halen family." - Eddie Van Halen

"I was a huge 'Pyromania' fan. You would never expect it, but I was in love with Iron Maiden; I was such a huge fan. I went to a lot of rock stuff like Van Halen, too." - Tiesto

"I believe that the art market is in a place similar to the music industry in 2005. Big changes are coming and the art market will most likely be very different in ten years. However, if you are the art equivalent of Van Halen, you don't really have to change anything. But if you are not Van Halen, then it is time to figure how to adapt to all the changes." - Mark Edward

"These days I don't look to other people with the objective of trying to steal their licks, although I've got no objections to stealing them if that seems like a good idea. I'm sure that I'm still influenced by Mark Knopfler and Eddie Van Halen as well......I can't play like Eddie Van Halen. I wish I could. I sat down to try some of those ideas and can't do it. I don't know if I could ever get any of that stuff together. Sometimes I think I should work at the guitar more." - David Gilmour

"... Jeff Beck is my idol .. sometimes he finds notes that I just do not have on my guitar. Frank Zappa's another one .. I loved Frank Zappa ... I do think Van Halen reinvented the guitar ... he's an excellent musician, a shrewd guitarist and as a person he's wonderful..." - Ritchie Blackmore

"David Lee Roth had the idea that if you covered a successful song, you were half way home. C'mon - Van Halen doing 'Dancing in the Streets'? It was stupid. I started feeling like I would rather bomb playing my own songs than be successful playing someone else's music." - Eddie Van Halen

"I love players like Thurston Moore. I mean, you can put notes down on a sheet of paper, and if you practice and get your chops up, you can play like an Eddie Van Halen or a Steve Vai. But nobody can do what Thurston Moore does; he's his own guy. He talks through his instrument in a language that's all his own." - Frank Iero

"For a long time, when I was very young, I went to go see arena rock bands. I was 16, and it was all I could get in to see, legally. And I saw Led Zeppelin and Ted Nugent and Van Halen and all that." - Henry Rollins

"On 'Van Halen,' I was a young punk, and everything revolved around the fastest kid in town, gunslinger attitude. But I'd say that at the time of 'Fair Warning,' I started concentrating more on songwriting. But I guess in most people's minds I'm just a gunslinger." - Eddie Van Halen

"It comes back to the same old question people are always asking me: 'When are you going to do a solo record?' Well, if I did, it would probably be similar to 'Baluchitherium,' meaning it would be Van Halen music - which I write anyway - but without singing." - Eddie Van Halen

"Punk-rock gave music back to people. For a long time, when I was very young, I went to go see arena rock bands. I was 16 and it was all I could get in to see, legally. And I saw Led Zeppelin and Ted Nugent and Van Halen and all that. Me and [Minor Threat and Fugazi vocalist] Ian MacKaye would go to these concerts, and it was fun." - Henry Rollins

"I like all of the typical hard rock bands. I'm an AC/DC fanatic. I love ZZ Top, just about any Van Halen, any Judas Priest, the list goes on and on, most of the Iron Maiden stuff. Those are the big bands, but I got my feel from, I grew up on Mountain and Humble Pie. That kind of stuff is where I get my feel from." - Mark Mendoza

"Speaking of stage freight. I was terrified! It was in NOLA at an all ages show. I was wearing Jeans, a Van Halen t-shirt, and a bandana on my neck. Once I gripped that microphone stand, I did not let go! I plugged my microphone into a guitar FX pedal. Then at the end of the a Black Sabbath song we were covering, I hit the guitar pedal. It was horrific!" - Phil Anselmo

"I grew up in a very musical household. My brother had KISS and Van Halen records, but my parents loved country and show tunes, so I had all of those records when a kid. I pretty much knew exactly what I was going to do at a young age. I loved album covers, I loved listening to a record and staring at the art while listening to it. When I got older and discovered paining, drawing and PhotoShop, I was able to do both simultaneously; I enjoy making both." - Piggy D.



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