Brian McDonald tells the story of how Fender built the ultimate EVH tribute – the original tone monster Fender launched its EVH brand in style with the release of the Frankenstein in 2007. This Custom Shop limited-edition run included 300 replica instruments, each rendered in fine detail to recreate Eddie’s iconic guitar with astonishing accuracy.  Now highly […]

Michael Anthony and his relationship with Eddie Van Halen toward the end of the guitarist’s life was rocky at best. While Sammy Hagar has said he had a chance to patch things up with Eddie, Anthony, sadly, did not. In an appearance on Talkin’ Rock with Meltdown, Anthony reflected on this missed opportunity saying, “We actually […]

Guesting on the Talkin’ Rock With Meltdown podcast, original Van Halen bassist spoke about his relationship with the late Eddie Van Halen and other topics. While Sammy Hagar has said he had a chance to patch things up with Eddie, Anthony did not. Anthony reflected on this missed opportunity saying, “We actually hadn’t spoken [for […]

THE YEAR 2020 had been a tough one. Among the stars and icons we have lost last year is one of the world’s most beloved and influential guitarists of all time — Eddie Van Halen. The rock guitar virtuoso, also the co-founder of popular rock act Van Halen, lost his long and arduous battle with lung […]

When Van Halen took the Monsters Of Rock show at Donington by storm in 1984, a return visit of the sooner-rather-than-later variety seemed likely. As it is, the UK had to wait nine years to see the band in action, meanwhile enduring the tease of two live videos along the way.   “Actually, it’s not just […]

Eddie Van Halen‘s ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli says that “it’s been rough” dealing with his death. The iconic guitarist passed away in October at the age of 65. His death was announced by Eddie and Valerie‘s son, VAN HALEN bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. Valerie discussed her ex-husband during an appearance on the “Today” show. Asked how […]

Best of 2020: In 2016 the legend and gear maverick looked back with Total Guitar on his remarkable legacy In 2016, then-Total Guitar Editor Stuart Williams visited Eddie Van Halen at his 5150 studios to talk about his EVH brand and his pioneering history as a player and tone-shaper. It was a rare chance to […]

Sammy Hagar says he’s grateful he had the opportunity to speak with Eddie Van Halen one last time before the guitarist passed away earlier this year. Speaking to Variety from Big Sky, Montana, where he was launching Santo Reposado, the latest expression in his Santo Tequila line, Hagar says the distance between him and Van […]

Wolfgang Van Halen talks to Rolling Stone about his solo debut, missing his dad, Van Halen’s planned mega-reunion, and much more. “I’ve never seen such an outpouring of positivity,” says Wolfgang Van Halen, who’s used to dealing with cranky Van Halen fans online. Using the band name Mammoth WVH, he released his first solo single and […]

Wolfgang Van Halen has said Van Halen will never return without his father, Eddie.  Replying to a tweet – which has since been deleted – from one of several commentators asking whether Wolfgang would ever reform the band, he said: “I can confidently say I will NEVER replace my father in Van Halen and tour […]


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