Guitarist Eddie Van Halen’s bandmates took to their individual social media accounts to pay tribute and to mourn him after hearing about his death on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.
Eddie Van Halen’s band members took to social media to mourn his death. The late guitarist, who was 65, was honored by Van Halen's David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, and Gary Cherone.
Taking to Twitter, Roth shared a lovely black-and-white photo of himself and the late legendary rock star. In the throwback image, Van Halen and Roth held hands while the late star appeared shirtless while holding a guitar.
Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen performs at the Shoreline Amphitheatre on July 16, 2015, in Mountain View, California | Photo: C. Flanigan/Getty Images
His bandmate captioned the post writing: “What a Long Great Trip It’s Been..” Hagar also shared a Twitter picture with himself and Van Halen sitting in an airplane while the star hugged him.
The star captioned his post noting how speechless and heartbroken he was by the loss. He also sent out his love to the legendary singer’s family who were by his side when he passed on.
ANTHONY MOURNS DEATH
Anthony also honored his friend by sharing three throwback photos on Instagram. All three images featured the two stars playing guitars side-by-side on stage at various concerts and events.
Besides his bandmates and son paying tribute to Van Halen, the late star was also honored by other musicians and celebrities.
He candidly confessed that he didn’t have any words to express his reaction to the loss. The musician also shared that he too was heartbroken by the news and sent his love to Van Halen’s family.
CHERONE HONORS VAN HALEN
On Twitter, Cherone also paid tribute to the late star without including any images in his post. He described Van Halen as a gentle and kind soul for those who knew him and those who didn’t and added:
“His impact on ALL our lives was immeasurable! His music, eternal!”
WHAT ROLES DO THE MEMBERS PLAY
Anthony joined Van Halen in 1974 as their bassist and remained them until 2006. Roth serves as the rock ‘n roll band’s original and current vocalist while Cherone had a three-year stint with the band including taking part in its 1998 studio album “Van Halen III.”
In 1985, Hagar began his decade-long membership as the group's second singer. The late star’s son, Wolfgang Van Halen replaced Anthony as the band's bassist before the band's 2007 tour.
WOLFGANG MOURNS DAD
Van Halen’s son and only child, Wolfgang, 29, was the one who announced his father’s death this week. The singer’s son, who also happens to be a bandmate, confessed that his father had been the best.
He honored his father by also noting that every moment spent with him on and off the stage had been a gift. Wolfgang also admitted that he was heartbroken by the loss and shared that he didn’t anticipate that he would recover from the tragedy.
STARS PAY TRIBUTE
Besides his bandmates and son paying tribute to Van Halen, the late star was also honored by other musicians and celebrities. Guitarist and singer John Mayer honored him by sharing an emotional post on his Instagram.
Country musician Keith Urban, who also happens to be known for his own skills, also mourned the late star on social media. Lenny Kravitz and the rock band Pantera also followed suit.