I cannot seem to get the "insert link function to work, so I'll simply past the URL. http://bravewords.com/news/eddie-van-halen-loses-cancer-battle-dead-at-65 I knew it would be a rough year when it started with the loss of Neil Peart, but this one also hurts quite a bit. I'd hate to draw comparisons, but they are inevitable, for several reasons. On a personal note, Rush and Van Halen were two of the first bands I ever saw live, both in early 1988. But on a broader scale, both were truly innovators in their genres. Both could write and performed amazing solos that were truly compositions, not just musical wankery. Over the years, I've seen Van Halen nine times, and even though they weren't always at their best, Eddie Van Halen always played his heart out, with this guitar solo often being the highlight of the evening. He was truly a pioneer on the guitar, someone for whom most of the hard rock guitarists that came up in the 1980's emulated to one extent or another. In fact, it might not be too bold of a statement to say that without EVH, you did not get most of the "hair metal" bands that followed. And yet, while so many tried, very few could quite duplicate what EVH did. RIP EVH. You'll be missed.