Eddie Van Halen – David Lee Roth had the…

David Lee Roth had the idea that if you covered a successful song, you were…


“David Lee Roth had the idea that if you covered a successful song, you were half way home. C’mon – Van Halen doing ‘Dancing in the Streets’? It was stupid. I started feeling like I would rather bomb playing my own songs than be successful playing someone else’s music.”
-Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen – I mean it’s funny, playing…

I mean it’s funny, playing music, how of course you want it to do well…


“I mean it’s funny, playing music, how of course you want it to do well, you want them to like it, but it’s not competitive like an election, it’s the Olympics, it’s not a Formula 1 race. The Billboard charts are just to show you what people like.”
-Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen – On ‘Van Halen,’ I was…

On ‘Van Halen,’ I was a young punk, and everything revolved around the fastest kid…


“On ‘Van Halen,’ I was a young punk, and everything revolved around the fastest kid in town, gunslinger attitude. But I’d say that at the time of ‘Fair Warning,’ I started concentrating more on songwriting. But I guess in most people’s minds I’m just a gunslinger.”
-Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen – If you want to be…

If you want to be a rock star or just be famous, then run down…


“If you want to be a rock star or just be famous, then run down the street naked, you’ll make the news or something. But if you want music to be your livelihood, then play, play, play and play! And eventually you’ll get to where you want to be.”
-Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen – It’s funny, when bands or…

It’s funny, when bands or younger musicians ask me: ‘So, what does it take to…


“It’s funny, when bands or younger musicians ask me: ‘So, what does it take to make it?’ Well, first explain to me what you mean by ‘making it’: Do you want to be a rock star or do you want music to be your livelihood?”
-Eddie Van Halen