“Eddie took what others were avoiding – pick noise, slides, squeals, screeches – and spun it into gold.” – Alex Skolnick

The loss of Eddie Van Halen has caused shockwaves that feel unprecedented, even for these times. Here, we explore how EVH forever altered the landscape of guitar and music through personal reflections by Alex, a conversation with Vernon Reid (Living Colour) & others, observations gleaned from transcribing and performing his work and a breakdown of some under appreciated components of Edward’s groundbreaking style.

Mentioned in this episode:

Cornelia Street Cafe Make Music New York show 

Project Object, Zappa Tribute Band

The Iron Maidens

Vernon Reid 

Ronald Drayton

Allan Holdsworth

Tony Williams Band

Van Halen bootlegs 

Metal Allegiance 

Music mentioned in the episode, along with some of Alex’s favorite Van Halen tracks, can be heard on the Moods & Modes Spotify playlist.