THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014 |
Posted by: Anthony Toto
Van Halen is in the midst of recording new music. Again, Van Halen is recording new music! Guitarists all over the world should rejoice in hearing about Eddie Van Halen cooking up new riffs in his 5150 studio.
When it pertains to Van Halen, the band opts to maintain secrecy on anything regarding new music, tours, and appearances before making an official announcement. Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti recently confirmed the news in an interview with VH1Radio after speaking with his close friend and solo bandmate Wolfgang Van Halen. He said, "With Wolfgang in the band now, he does a lot of work with VAN HALEN right now, they're putting together a new album, so it's going to be hard to get everybody's schedules to line up."
Here we are in 2014, Van Halen is once again in the studio. 2011's comeback album A Different Kind Of Truth shocked fans with a vintage resurgence of its genre-defining musicality, riffs, solos, and melodies being delivered with youthful energy. For the first time in his career, Eddie Van Halen recorded the album sober and the bolt of creativity seemed to reawaken the edge in his guitar playing.
It's a well-known fact; Eddie Van Halen recorded thousands of ideas over the years in his personal studio. Some ideas from the last album traced back to the 1970s. With a seemingly large treasure chest to choose from, will the band pick out the best ideas from the past or will this new album see a modern Van Halen write new material? Does it really matter? At the end of the day, Van Halen is Van Halen whether it's 1984 or 2014.
Eddie's signature 'brown sound' transcended guitar playing by changing the way guitarists approached the instrument from a songwriting and technique perspective. Displaying a level of musical excellence reminiscent of Paganini and Bach, Eddie didn't just hit the notes; he pinched those harmonics and made them scream at its highest pitches. When Eddie taps away his on handcrafted 'Frankenstein' guitar, the power of his performance makes legions of Van Halen fans dream about switching shoes to experience his brilliance.
As we eagerly await a new Van Halen record, let's celebrate by paying tribute to Eddie Van Halen's guitar craft spotlighting five of his finest solos.
"Hot For Teacher"
"Ice Cream Man"