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    https://www.guitarworld.com/features...a-world-it-was

    Tony Iommi pays tribute to Eddie Van Halen:

    “He created his own guitar world – and what a world it was“

    By Guitar World Staff a day ago

    The Black Sabbath icon on taking Van Halen on tour, his friendship with Eddie, and their creative kinship

    I've got two really great friends in the music business – Brian May is one and Eddie Van Halen was the other. Ed was just fantastic, and his death is a terrible loss.

    I feel so sad for his wife Janie, brother Alex and his son Wolfgang. It’s such a loss for everybody, fans and musicians alike.

    He was a fabulously caring human being. Whenever I was in L.A., I’d call him and we’d go out for dinner with our wives, and it was lovely. He was so easy going and we’d just sit and chat about anything.

    I met Eddie in ’78 when Van Halen toured with Sabbath. It was the band’s first world tour and we were on the road together for several months. We had such a great relationship.

    I used to see Eddie most nights after the show either in my room or his room or in the bar or whatever. We used to just chat all bloody night, and he’s been a really great friend to me ever since.

    We just talked a lot about music, guitars and the business, really, because Van Halen were fairly new into the business. And sometimes he’d bring his guitar around to my room and we’d play for a bit.

    I first heard him on the tour, and I thought, “What?!?!” His energy and persona stood out immediately. You could see he loved playing and was brilliant at it. It was the first time I’d ever heard his various techniques, and he just got better and better as his time went on.

    I’ve always had great respect for his playing. Van Halen were a bloody hard act to follow, but we worked as a team.

    We were both there to entertain and to enjoy ourselves. I think they learned a lot from us about putting on an arena show – like using drum risers and doing guitar and drum solos.

    We stayed in contact in recent years through email or phone. I was going through some of his emails recently and they were really heartwarming.

    We went through some similar things so we could really relate to each other.

    For example, a few years ago I told him I was having problems with the cartilage in my thumbs, and Eddie recommended that I go to this guy he was seeing in Germany.

    So, I went there, and I had this form of STEM cell treatment like Eddie had. And yeah, it was really good.

    It’s not well known that Eddie struggled with his arthritis – I’m amazed how well he played, really.

    We were also similar in that neither of us went by the book. We both worked on our guitars and amps to make them do things we needed them to do.

    He liked to pull things apart, rebuild them and make something out of nothing. He created his own guitar world – and what a world it was!

    -Tony Iommi was speaking to Brad Tolinski
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    As good as VH was on that 78 tour compared to Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi could have been intimidated, jealous and have treated Ed badly. Instead, Tony is a great guy who embraced Ed and struck up a great friendship. Same with Brian May - another great guy who welcomed Ed into their club. It says a lot about their character as human beings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rokgtar View Post
    As good as VH was on that 78 tour compared to Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi could have been intimidated, jealous and have treated Ed badly. Instead, Tony is a great guy who embraced Ed and struck up a great friendship. Same with Brian May - another great guy who welcomed Ed into their club. It says a lot about their character as human beings.
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    Agreed. But it also speaks volumes about Ed. ZERO ego, down to earth likable guy. With his skill level, had he approached them with any arrogance or came off aloof, they wouldn’t have waisted 2 seconds on him.
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