Eddie Van Halen Talks To God

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Eddie Van Halen Talks To God

Postby Cole » Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:33 pm

Spinner.com: You didn't start off playing guitar, did you?

Eddie: I never took guitar lessons. I took classical piano lessons from the age of six when we lived in Holland. And when we moved to America, it was just the typical thing except I was really good at it; so was my brother. Long Beach City College had this contest, it was a piano recital, and I won three years in a row. But I stopped playing piano for one reason: I was forced to do it and I wasn't allowed to play what I wanted, so it wasn't fun. So I rebelled and bought myself a drum kit. And my brother quit playing piano, too, and he started playing guitar. Well, Alex started playing my drums and he got better than me, so I said, "OK, procreate you, I'll play your guitar."

Spinner.com: Talk about your recording/writing technique now.

Eddie: It takes me a good hour to loosen up my fingers and I always just leave the DAT tape rolling or something, or a cassette, anything, and after two and a half, three hours, you kind of get into a zone that I'm kind of relearning because I'm not drinking anymore. When I used to drink, it would get me there quicker. It's kind of the zone where you're not thinking, where you're just open to anything and I just believe that when you play long enough you're able to execute with your fingers, whatever God gives you, and God's not gonna give you nothing if you don't practice or play. So after a couple, three hours, God says, "OK, he's ready. I'll throw him a bone." And God's got a sense of humor, too — sometimes he gives me dookie, 'cause not everything I do I like.

Spinner.com: I think every writer hits upon moments where you know you've reached something special. What are a couple of those moments for you?

Eddie: It's like "Jump": It was our only No. 1 single, and believe it or not I built my studio to put that song on our record 'cause everyone hated it, same with the song "Right Now". Alex and I tracked the whole thing, certain people didn't want to be a part of it, then it wins a Grammy and a MTV Award for Video of the Year, and all of a sudden it's like, "Hey, yeah, great!" But it was like pulling teeth to get the person to sing the darn song. And there are certain things that I fight for because I do write all the music so I think I have a little bit of say in how things should go. I'm not a tyrant, as a lot of people think. I just expect other people, if you're in this band, to work as hard as I do.

Read the entrie interview here: http://www.spinner.com/2009/06/11/eddie ... tar-riffs/

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Re: Eddie Van Halen Talks To God

Postby aftershock191984 » Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:09 am

Cole wrote:, "OK, procreate you, I'll play your guitar."



haha :lol: :lol:

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RE: Re: Eddie Van Halen Talks To God

Postby wolfy » Fri Jun 12, 2009 4:34 am

The gift he has could only come from God.
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Postby GalleyEVH1984 » Fri Jun 12, 2009 6:51 am

He never speaks about God...nor really religious.
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Postby mistergreen » Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:13 am

it was like pulling teeth to get the person to sing the darn song


I'm not a tyrant, as a lot of people think


Jeez, will this never end?

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Postby BDillon » Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:23 am

mistergreen wrote:
it was like pulling teeth to get the person to sing the darn song


I'm not a tyrant, as a lot of people think


Jeez, will this never end?


No. Surprised?

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Postby FL6 » Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:32 am

So Ed talks to himself? :)

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Postby BDillon » Fri Jun 12, 2009 10:21 am

Ha! :lol:

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Postby mistergreen » Fri Jun 12, 2009 10:30 am

BDillon wrote:
mistergreen wrote:
it was like pulling teeth to get the person to sing the darn song


I'm not a tyrant, as a lot of people think


Jeez, will this never end?


No. Surprised?


I guess I'm not.

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Postby BDillon » Fri Jun 12, 2009 10:54 am

Me either.....
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Postby PatVanHalen5150 » Fri Jun 12, 2009 2:38 pm

I wasn't aware that Ed spoke to Chuck Norris.
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Postby shorty » Fri Jun 12, 2009 2:52 pm

FL6 wrote:So Ed talks to himself? :)
:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby wolfy » Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:36 pm

PatVanHalen5150 wrote:I wasn't aware that Ed spoke to Chuck Norris.


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Postby ripper6192003 » Fri Jun 12, 2009 10:04 pm

I wish everybody would give him a break and drop the drama. They publicists are the ones that bring this stuff up to make the articles "more interesting" amd to " create a buzz". I have always felt he just an honset hard working musician that loves what he does and the fans he has. If you were in his shoes for that long im sure things like this would happen to you to. Look at every band except maybe the stones. They all have been chopped up and rehashed.

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Postby GalleyEVH1984 » Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:28 am

PatVanHalen5150 wrote:I wasn't aware that Ed spoke to Chuck Norris.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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