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    GEORGE LYNCH Recalls Hanging Out With EDDIE VAN HALEN:

    'We Stayed Up All Night Drinking Beers And Smoking And Playing Guitar'

    February 11, 2021

    In a new interview with Metal Godz Radio, former DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch was asked if ever got a chance to bond and hang out with Eddie Van Halen at all.

    "Absolutely. I mean, we kind of came up through the ranks together. We were both [in] SoCal bands and played the same bills and same clubs and hung out a little bit and have common connections and friends and different things and acquaintances.

    But the time that we spent the most together was on the 'Monsters Of Rock' tour [in 1988, where DOKKEN and VAN HALEN shared the bill with SCORPIONS, METALLICA and KINGDOM COME].

    Eddie and I would spend a lot of time in the hotel rooms just jamming and staying up all night drinking beers and smoking and playing guitar.

    So that was a really cool hang."

    Lynch previously talked about Eddie's influence in a 2009 interview with Guitar Player magazine. Asked if he was jealous of VAN HALEN's success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, George said:

    "We were jealous and we were all trying to play catch up. We thought, 'Oh boy, we better get on board.

    This guy's going to change the world.'

    I remember my reaction when I first heard Eddie. I had been hearing about this guy with the weird European name.

    He's got a torpedo onstage, the bass player wears clogs, they have bombs onstage, and the guy's unbelievable.

    I saw him and it blew my mind. They were still doing covers at the time — RAINBOW, MONTROSE — and their original stuff was as good or better than their cover stuff, which was pretty exceptional.

    After their show, I went back to our band room and played my guitar until the sun came up.

    I thought, 'Man, how can I get that tone?'"

    Asked if he tried to copy Eddie, George said: "What I really did was sort of bounce off his stuff rather than emulate it. I've done that with a lot of players. Instead of copying them, I react to them.

    I'll think, 'Well, Di Meola does this thing. I can do some alternate picking, so I won't copy it but I'll embed that a little bit into my toolbox and do it my own way.'

    I've tried to do that with any player who has influenced me: Clapton, Hendrix, Schenker, Eddie, Holdsworth.

    I couldn't play any of their stuff note for note to save my life, but I can capture the gist of what they're doing by being exposed to it. I can get the essence."
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    GEORGE LYNCH Recalls Hanging Out With EDDIE VAN HALEN:

    'We Stayed Up All Night Drinking Beers And Smoking And Playing Guitar'

    February 11, 2021

    In a new interview with Metal Godz Radio, former DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch was asked if ever got a chance to bond and hang out with Eddie Van Halen at all.

    "Absolutely. I mean, we kind of came up through the ranks together. We were both [in] SoCal bands and played the same bills and same clubs and hung out a little bit and have common connections and friends and different things and acquaintances.

    But the time that we spent the most together was on the 'Monsters Of Rock' tour [in 1988, where DOKKEN and VAN HALEN shared the bill with SCORPIONS, METALLICA and KINGDOM COME].

    Eddie and I would spend a lot of time in the hotel rooms just jamming and staying up all night drinking beers and smoking and playing guitar.

    So that was a really cool hang."

    Lynch previously talked about Eddie's influence in a 2009 interview with Guitar Player magazine. Asked if he was jealous of VAN HALEN's success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, George said:

    "We were jealous and we were all trying to play catch up. We thought, 'Oh boy, we better get on board.

    This guy's going to change the world.'

    I remember my reaction when I first heard Eddie. I had been hearing about this guy with the weird European name.

    He's got a torpedo onstage, the bass player wears clogs, they have bombs onstage, and the guy's unbelievable.

    I saw him and it blew my mind. They were still doing covers at the time — RAINBOW, MONTROSE — and their original stuff was as good or better than their cover stuff, which was pretty exceptional.

    After their show, I went back to our band room and played my guitar until the sun came up.

    I thought, 'Man, how can I get that tone?'"

    Asked if he tried to copy Eddie, George said: "What I really did was sort of bounce off his stuff rather than emulate it. I've done that with a lot of players. Instead of copying them, I react to them.

    I'll think, 'Well, Di Meola does this thing. I can do some alternate picking, so I won't copy it but I'll embed that a little bit into my toolbox and do it my own way.'

    I've tried to do that with any player who has influenced me: Clapton, Hendrix, Schenker, Eddie, Holdsworth.

    I couldn't play any of their stuff note for note to save my life, but I can capture the gist of what they're doing by being exposed to it. I can get the essence."
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