Eddie Van Halen dead at 65. That’s about my age. All these reminders of mortality keep popping up. He was a bad-boy, glam rock kind of guy, doing insane guitar riffs. Even so, his band Van Halen was more famous for the vocals of David Lee Roth.

Van Halen 2008. From left – David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, his brother Alex Van Halen, his son Wolfgang Van Halen. Image from Wikipedia.

He said he got cancer from a metal guitar pick he used to hold in his mouth. I don’t believe it. It was smoking and age that did him in. Either way, we’ve lost a rock-and-roll legend much too soon.

This is his most famous guitar solo, one of the greatest riffs of all time.