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Guitar Tech Discusses Van Halen's Guitar Playing

Eddie Van Halen's guitar tech Tom Weber discussed Eddie's guitar playing and the current reunion tour with the Grand Rapids Press.

"Ed is a force of nature. I understand the math behind how a guitar works. Ed does things on the guitar that defy the math," raved Weber. "I've sat with him and watched him do things that you can't do. Ed doesn't play guitar; the guitar submits to Ed's will. It's truly an amazing thing. It's a very inspiring place to be."

The tour was interrupted earlier this year so Van Halen -- who previously has battled tongue cancer and substance abuse problems -- could be treated for an unspecified medical condition. The band expects a climactic finish in West Michigan. Weber said the recent resumption of the last leg of the tour in mid-April has exceeded expectations.

"I think the hiatus did everybody good. We did the show in Reno, the first show back, and I stood with my hair standing on end with near tears in my eyes," Weber recalled.

Source: Mlive.com

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1. grimreality writes:

another past thier prime band whoring themselves out for those last few dollars, "Ed" must have blow it all on substances and tounge surgery.

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2. bbristowe writes:

Seems to be a theme the past year for old Rock and Roll bands to re-unite "for the fans".

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3. inhatredofme writes:

maybe so but the dude can still slay on the guitar

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4. Jordan_SOTF writes:

f*** EVH is a god f*** who cares if he is having substance abuse problems ................................. dont we all ???

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5. ElHefe writes:

I saw their first Dallas show this year...it killed man.

# Jun 2, 2008 @ 2:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. pursuit of vikings writes:

No Jordan_SOTF, we don't all have substance abuse problems. Anyway, I like Van Halen, but I'm really sick of hearing about them. Not bashing this site, I'm just tired of hearing about them from anywhere in general. The same goes for Led Zeppelin. Nothing but money whores.

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7. ElHefe writes:

^ Yes, I'm sure you would pass at the chance to play music for millions of dollars in front of 30k people a night. I know I would, what a waste of time.

# Jun 2, 2008 @ 11:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Txmetalhead writes:

Eddie is one of the top guitarists of all time...Legendary sh1t!

Motorhead - Bomber -

# Jun 2, 2008 @ 4:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. cased writes:

If VH, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Motley Crue etc. are considered money whores, then we need more of them. The cookie cutter pattern of todays music has grown old... bring on the whores!!!

# Jun 3, 2008 @ 12:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Txmetalhead writes:

Don't forget Motorhead, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Saxon....
More of these bands are the right idea....bring me more...
Metal 2008

# Jun 3, 2008 @ 10:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. pursuit of vikings writes:

ElHefe writes:

^ Yes, I'm sure you would pass at the chance to play music for millions of dollars in front of 30k people a night. I know I would, what a waste of time.

Your argument is weak. Of course I would play music for millions of dollars in front of thousands of people a night. However, these guys already have more than enough money as it is. The money whore bit wasn't really my main point anyway.

cased writes:

"The cookie cutter pattern of today's music has grown old"
You're right, to an extent. There is basically nothing good in MAINSTREAM music right now. If you think everything is corporate cookie-cutter sh**, you just aren't looking in the right places. But if you want to remain stuck in the past, and want to see a great, not overpriced live show (where you can tell that the band clearly loves what they're doing, and appreciates their fans) and hear good NEW music , buy Deep Purple's last effort and go see them. They still have their integrity, and aren't being massively over-exposed by the media.

# Jun 3, 2008 @ 6:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. tyracer writes:

For us 50 somethings that were raising kids in Van Halens prime and couldn't attend a concert for one reason or another, this was a rocking time especially Chicago and gave us a chance to see our generation of legends. I don't mind at all paying $150 now and taking my guitar playing 24 yr old son to a venue like this. Times we will remember when we can't physically make it anymore, at least at 55 that is the way I see it. Live for today for there may not be a tomorrow. By the way I saw LED twice when I was young and not married and I think the Van Halen show was equally impressive not better just impressive and different.

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