Interview with Eddie Van Halen: Is Rock 'n' Roll All About Reinvention?

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The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and Zócalo Public Square present "Is Rock 'n' Roll All About Reinvention?" featuring Eddie Van Halen with Denise Quan.

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  • thinking about Eddie today. Denise Quan is wonderful in this...attractive and intelligent, with love and smiles which were so great... I have tears right now... I know....

    HubrisNautHubrisNaut41 րոպե առաջ
  • N÷e::ver--,z&h)lm)liv÷eb 4so>IIRC oolong

    Arnoldo VasquezArnoldo VasquezԺամ առաջ
  • Did you hear a fender bouldy and a less pal neik 25anvery

    Kenneth HarperKenneth Harper10 ժամ առաջ
  • EDDIE Van Halen was Unique

    Luis L. LascariLuis L. Lascari13 ժամ առաջ
  • Yes right answer Eddie

    Luis L. LascariLuis L. Lascari13 ժամ առաջ
  • Wow

    Luis L. LascariLuis L. Lascari14 ժամ առաջ
  • Nobody like Eddie,period, Love Him and Miss Him He Was just THE BEST!! Respects for Jimmy Hendricks, But The Van Halen's Story It's just AMAZING,Alex & Eddie....Simple the Best With Parent's Help,They Were self made Genios

    Luis L. LascariLuis L. Lascari14 ժամ առաջ
  • I miss you so much

    EmbryoEmbryo15 ժամ առաջ
  • Rest easy Legend🙏🙏

    Lesa AtuatasiLesa AtuatasiՕր առաջ
  • It's so strange that EVH got shorter, developed a thicker neck, different skin tone, different teeth, a different nose, a different mouth and eye color But his playing is nowhere near the virtuosity of the original. If you're not a highly skilled guitarist it may not be so easy to detect. His timing is off. His technique is so sloppy by comparison that it couldnt be compared. Those who studied him may be familiar with his distinctly unusual fingertips. Not present anymore. This is bullshit. Wears a goatee so noone sees there's no dimple in his chin?

    Dana Wana PskanaDana Wana PskanaՕր առաջ
  • This woman has no clue what eddie is talking about ! So sad to get this type of interview. Eddie is sharing so much and nothing is happening between them .. she's jus smiling for no reason . We miss you Eddie !! I was lucky to meet him . Really cool guy . My first concert ever 78 . Van halen / sabbath. In france

    Alex GAlex GՕր առաջ
  • Such a kind hearted person.

    MarihaMariha2 օր առաջ
  • She needs a good dentist. Interview by Bucky

    Michael KeehnMichael Keehn2 օր առաջ
  • 27:24 - 27:27 Play this part of his solo at x2 speed and it sounds like a freakin power-up in Super Mario Bros, lol

    mi39471mi394712 օր առաջ
  • You are so great, Eddie...Greatings from Aken to the sky...

    Armin PredneckArmin Predneck3 օր առաջ
  • Eddie was destined to be great and given up drums for guitar 🎸 was the greatest thing Eddie ever did. Hands down the best musician in the world.

    kevin boldinkevin boldin3 օր առաջ
  • She did a great job here. Hard job, not sure how long she get to prepare, but she did way WAY better than most so called "rock journalists"

    Never MindNever Mind3 օր առաջ
  • I’m sorry but the lady interviewing him drives me nuts. I think it would have been more interesting with an interviewer that wasn’t absolute ass at their job

    Timothy NollTimothy Noll4 օր առաջ
  • Sammy Hagar was the best thing that happened to Van Halen

    Robert MakiRobert Maki4 օր առաջ

    butch sunnybutch sunny4 օր առաջ
  • I would’ve given just about anything to have been at this. For the humor...the insights...the solos... But mostly for the “jam with my father”.

    Wildcat 6319Wildcat 63194 օր առաջ
  • RIP!!

    Bat ManBat Man5 օր առաջ
  • That Denise chick is annoying asf.

    keeman Friendskeeman Friends5 օր առաջ
  • Broke down crying at least twice during this... still in part disbelief hes passed away. This was so beyond just an interview 😢 - Thank you

    LexieluthorLexieluthor6 օր առաջ
  • Reinvention? It’s about playing an instrument in the same way a human speaks. Eruption Eddie was best solo of all time

    Rachel ShamariahRachel Shamariah6 օր առաջ
  • 29:25 that riff was cool

    A. Daniel CotoA. Daniel Coto6 օր առաջ
    • That's the intro to the song Women In Love on Van Halen II

      EmbryoEmbryo15 ժամ առաջ
  • When he looks at the camera, it feels like a real conversation. R.I.P. Eddie. Miss you truely

    ReaperLeviathan5ReaperLeviathan56 օր առաջ
  • Eddie's Guitar needs a place in the Smithsonian for he changed the instrument forever.

    Vigilant GuardianVigilant Guardian6 օր առաջ
  • Eddie, you are a great guy. Thank you for your music and words of wisdom.

    AmericanAmerican6 օր առաջ
  • feb 24th wed good morn nyc boy i went to the local deli & hour ago boy it was so quiet the air was still i droped my mask drank my coffee & smoked a ciggerette it felt so awesome i wish i had a car id take my puppy 4 a long long ride her name is penny shes 4 mo. old shes a real live angel but im inbetween cars that sucks im hopefull though i love long drives to knowwhere that turns me on ..... its a freedom in itself held close to my heart my dog by my side i miss people boy do i miss people i dont get out much if at all nower days i havnt had a date in a year boy i lost my dog luna & lost my leg & here this morn i sat on the corner & said to myself ERIC youve got a new puppy now get some new wheels & get laid youll be fine so im pointed now i have a plan { M 4 W } I LIVE NYC MANHATTAN IM 58YRS LOOKING 4 MUCH YOUNGER GAL LETS WATCH THE SUN COME UP TOGETHER.... ILL HOST... 917 822 5884 eric .. AMworlds - ERIC HORVITZ BLACK { cover } thats a song i sing if u dont like my singing in that song dont call me OTHERWISE hello call me lets meet GMMORNINGNYC

    eric horvitzeric horvitz6 օր առաջ
  • The best are always wanting to teach!!

    Michael HindsMichael Hinds7 օր առաջ
  • My mother was born and raised in France and came here in 58 and I must say that the proudest day of her life was getting her citizenship in 67. These kids these days take this country and all that it truly stands for for granted. That being said you are a Legend and Icon whose name is written in immortality! WVH you are undoubtedly a rising star! Keep hold of your families ethics and the skies the limit! God bles!

    Sylvia YoungSylvia Young7 օր առաջ
  • Greatest rock guitar player ever....

    David McCleanDavid McClean7 օր առաջ
  • dude,he sounds like George i'm even sadder

    BlackSketchyThingBlackSketchyThing7 օր առաջ
  • This is pure Gold !

    Henrik HansenHenrik Hansen8 օր առաջ
  • i love eddie, but its kind of funny that he claims to have invented wax potting pickups. I believe he did it himself but Fender starting potting their single coil pickups in the early 50's, and they wernt the ones who came up with the idea either.

    Sean BrooksSean Brooks8 օր առաջ
  • 29:25 what song is this from, i must know

    Sam TollefsonSam Tollefson9 օր առաջ
  • RIP to a legend

    LxgitProxyLxgitProxy9 օր առաջ
  • Seen van halen in 78 oklahoma city backing sabbath with ozzy after show went to hotel think it was the myriad 3 am Micheal and Eddie walk up 2 me I was reading a paper in the e lobby Eddie says anything good on the headlines I said no then he asked me if I new where a cigarette machine was told em there was one by the elevator so they go over put money in and it rips em off so they start beating the crap out of it I thought the cops would be there any second so I split ! T*Rex

    Rex HavensRex Havens9 օր առաջ
  • How many see this now and tear up?

    Dzilla64Dzilla649 օր առաջ
  • I can just imagine others nearby or outside The Smithsonian's Museum suddenly hearing that Guitar Shredding of Eddie Van Halen and rushing to see or hear more! I certainly would be like WTF... where is that coming from I gotta go see whats this about!

    Robert MissionRobert Mission10 օր առաջ
  • EVH made what he did look so easy, even in this video where he is older, that people actually thought that what he did was a trick or some synth/overdub thing that he was labeled as overrated..... Until they saw him live or tried to play it themselves!! He was truly a pioneer and invented a different style that people try to copy to this day. Legend.

    Leon RitchieLeon Ritchie10 օր առաջ
  • Such a beautiful interview! I don't know Van Halen's music, but I'm so inspired by EVH. He's not only otherworldly talented, but also very wise. And his smile is so contagious!

    ApakmanMarquezApakmanMarquez10 օր առաջ
  • And to think he is no longer with us. Rest in peace Eddie,,,,we miss you dude,,,,

    Duane HolcombDuane Holcomb11 օր առաջ
  • Cigarettes kill more people bringing their lives to an early end.

    Carl Wayne FerryCarl Wayne Ferry11 օր առաջ
  • Wow wow wow

    Ann DanielsAnn Daniels11 օր առաջ
  • I’ve watched two minutes of this and I’m already in love and want to be his best friend. He seems like such a sweetheart!

    J bartJ bart11 օր առաջ
  • Wow never knew he was half Indo ! Cool 👍🏼

    subatomic10subatomic1012 օր առաջ
  • Watching this great interview again now that he’s gone feels really strange. It sucks to think such a legend is not with us anymore. EVH’s legacy will live on forever.

    19MaxPower8219MaxPower8212 օր առաջ
  • EVH has been my guitar hero all my life I'm not over his loss

    Julie NorrisJulie Norris12 օր առաջ
  • The king of tapping

    Chai XiongChai Xiong12 օր առաջ
  • Off topic here and no disrespect to Eddie, but Denise is one sexy thick asian

    Johnny AppleseedJohnny Appleseed13 օր առաջ
  • Eddie looked and sounded great here, what an interesting guy and interesting story.

    Johnny AppleseedJohnny Appleseed13 օր առաջ
  • Rip Eddie . The world will never be the same without you

    David StrongDavid Strong13 օր առաջ
  • Why do 3000 people not like this?

    theroseguy7theroseguy713 օր առաջ
  • Adesso va bene.. un vigliacco... 😎

    Klesk QuakeKlesk Quake13 օր առաջ
  • Eddy was a so called Indo in the Netherlands. Mostly a white father and a women from Indonesia . Nowadays we have more than 2.500.000 mixed Indo people. A lot of them are very succesfull in music. look for the Tielman Brothers on AMworlds........Eddy was a great fan of the leadgitarist Andy Tielman. We still have many giant Indo guitarists in Holland . What Andy Tielman did then, was imitated even by Jimmy Hendrix, look for yourself.......Sobat beristirahat dengan damai. English:" Friend, Rest in Peace"

    Fred BarendseFred Barendse13 օր առաջ
  • This. Was. Awesome.

    Patrick DeLislePatrick DeLisle14 օր առաջ
  • 38:31 and 49:11 describes Eddie Van Halen best. He was just a humble guitar genius that loved his family.

    Empress AdelaideEmpress Adelaide14 օր առաջ
  • Hearing Eddie talk about his love from Clapton and Cream really warms my heart because Clapton in Cream is one of my absolute favorite guitar tones and he's one of my guitar heroes for sure.

    XXAbbottXXAbbott14 օր առաջ
  • Beautiful genius at work his music will live on forever one of the greatest guitar players ever RIP EDDIE

    Rudy MartinezRudy Martinez14 օր առաջ
  • Won't see another Eddie in my lifetime. There can be only one.

    Richard de la reyRichard de la rey14 օր առաջ
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    Daniel BonoraDaniel Bonora15 օր առաջ
  • I remember when I first found van Halen I believe the song was hot for teacher and I had never heard anything like it. I became completely obsessed and everyone in my house knew me as an Eddie Van Halen die hard. I always said that I would see him play live one day. My brother and dad picked me up from work and I was sitting in the back seat when I found out Eddie Van Halen died. They went on talking about how he was a great musician as I quietly let tears run down my face. I sat there knowing that I will never get to meet him or hear him play in person. It is strange that even though I never got meet him in person I feel as though a close friend has died even months later. RIP Eddie and I hope someday that I can get to watch you play a gig with your dad in heaven

    Jonas ButlerJonas Butler15 օր առաջ
  • That high hat. Loose as a goose and sounded so good. Thank you brother.

    Christopher ProsserChristopher Prosser15 օր առաջ
  • There will never be another Eddie breed legend in this century again. We got to witness something amazing.

    TT15 օր առաջ
  • great interview

    srringssrrings15 օր առաջ
  • Bet those bullies are thinking what they haddone to them and that they never knew they had touch greatness .never judge a book by its cover never know that person could be famous one day. Knowing eddie but he even invited them bullies to one his concerts

    Lovell RodriguezLovell Rodriguez15 օր առաջ
  • So cool to hear how he built his guitars . First guitar I ever built was a body I bought out of a salvage bin . Used a Ibanez Cimar ( think thats what it was called ... cheap fiber board guitar ) neck . My byddy had wiring , pots and active/passive EMG pick ups . So I put it together and called it a VICTORIA by Ace Customs . As far as I know its the only Victoria guitar in the world . Unfortunately it was stolen by the guy who was supposed to fix neck ... I couldn't get it set right because the body had a weird hump where neck sets into body . Spent years looking for that guitar to no avail 😔

    Petey Gone Mad ArtsPetey Gone Mad Arts16 օր առաջ
  • A true Master Guitarist... RIP Eddie. Generations unknown will still be hearing your musical talent for years to come.

    LQ PriceLQ Price16 օր առաջ
  • Incredible how theres so many down vote on this interview. I wasnt even a Van Halen fan till after this. Great Vid. Enlightening Thanks!

    a.c.Kuderika.c.Kuderik16 օր առաջ
  • We are so fortunate to have this video where EVH humbly walks us through his genius on guitar.

    Jeff RogersJeff Rogers16 օր առաջ
  • He is one of the few rare, unique gods of the guitar....truly an inspiration for millions of guitarists after he released eruption in 78. Which means he was doing this several years earlier before it got to the masses. GOAT. A true pioneer and innovator of was was possible on the electric guitar. This live without a net solo is hypnotizing. Its live and pretty sure he's hammered as hell....this was history and genius caught on film....Eddie van Halen is everything I love about the electric guitar. Rip mr. Van Halen.

    Christopher BlakeChristopher Blake17 օր առաջ
  • Saw Van Halen in '78. Phoenix. Great night. At one point we were chanting, "TURN IT UP!" Next song it almost doubled in volume. I have no doubt it was Eddie jacking up the voltage on his Marshalls. We couldn't believe how different Eddie's technique was. They had already played the entire record. We kept bringing them out for encores. They did cover songs. 2 were by The Who. Summertime Blues and We Don't Get Fooled Again(their version was mind-blowing). I think he was more influenced by Pete Townsend's style of bold guitar than he cared to admit. No doubt he took it to another level.

    Mike Rider ArtMike Rider Art17 օր առաջ
  • Eddie Van Halen...musical genius!! R.I.P. 🙏🙏💕🎶🇺🇲

    Rachel S. DayRachel S. Day17 օր առաջ
  • Ed mother is Indonesian...Wow Dasyatttt...

    Ardhy HaryantoArdhy Haryanto17 օր առաջ
  • wonderful interview....great loss

    John BrizeeJohn Brizee18 օր առաջ
  • I dont care about the haters or people that judge - this man was a part of changing rock n roll and his guitar is still as smooth and nasty as it ever was!

    David KalinaDavid Kalina18 օր առաջ
  • I wanted to cry when he started talking about Wolfgang and how he drew strength from him on stage.

    Vincent WrenVincent Wren19 օր առաջ
  • Effortlessly ENTERS BEAST MODE!. What a Legend.

    Stephan TranquilleStephan Tranquille19 օր առաջ
  • So glad he gave the drums to AL and he took the GUITAR!!! Legends made!!!!

    Erica ColbertErica Colbert19 օր առաջ
  • Rest in peace Eddie

    FrankFrank20 օր առաջ
  • if u hate tools do not become a guitarist!

    riki rexriki rex20 օր առաջ
  • Wow... they gotta a listen, dosen't matter how long

    강성현강성현20 օր առաջ
  • the earth doesn't feel the same without him. RIP Eddie.

    cade hansoncade hanson20 օր առաջ
  • And... It really seems like just yesterday he was an adorable kid who could really crank on a guitar... that impish smile and his kind heart are what drew me to him... It was his talent and original sound that kept him in my heart until he went off to that big concert stage... can't wait to see him play again! RIP YOU WONDERFUL MAN!! 💔🌷🙏💐😢

    happyfairyhappyfairy21 օր առաջ
  • A lefty playing righty- I get it 😉

    Aaron ColeAaron Cole22 օր առաջ
  • Man alive, she's a phenomenal interviewer and host.

    Muirhead's MusingsMuirhead's Musings22 օր առաջ
  • maybe Huey Lewis was pushing the soft rock thing againt disco and punk as Van Haylen ..

    poo bumpoo bum22 օր առաջ
  • Master Class

    CanuckleCanuckle22 օր առաջ
  • A total loser!!!!

    Juan DoeJuan Doe23 օր առաջ
  • what a loss...made me cry

    fred riosfred rios23 օր առաջ
  • There is always room for more...know what I mean?:)

    Charles GouldCharles Gould23 օր առաջ
  • I know Alex misses eddie 😢 family is a special thing.

    Joe SpiveyJoe Spivey23 օր առաջ
  • Very real interview, Very well done!!!

    Thomas McCuskerThomas McCusker24 օր առաջ
  • Great interview, idk why they micd up the crowd and not the amp, plus you can’t hear Eddie half the time

    Peter BrazealPeter Brazeal24 օր առաջ
  • What a good men. You'll miss us a lot.

    pico 740pico 74024 օր առաջ
  • This man said dimebag deceives a real guitar and he ment it now we know y he came second to him and elevated the guitar higher then him

    Robbie NRobbie N25 օր առաջ
  • Such a shame to hear Eddie's voice destroyed by cigarettes.

    Alexander McCarthyAlexander McCarthy25 օր առաջ
    • Life...changes people. It takes away and it gives and nobody remains the same. Let's not get hung up on what changed in Eddie, let's talk about how he changed *you*

      round about midnightround about midnight24 օր առաջ
  • Such a down to earth, unique, and genuine musician. RIP

    ChrisChris25 օր առաջ