As fellow Van Halen band members, along with their fans, gathered across online forums to pay their respects to the late, great Eddie Van Halen, one man delivered a short but poignant message to the guitarist. David Lee Roth paid tribute to his former bandmate by sharing a photo of the duo.
Eddie Van Halen sadly died yesterday following a lengthy battle with throat cancer. Since the news was shared, tributes have been pouring in from far and wide, highlighting just what an influential figure Van Halen truly was.
Last night saw Van Halen bandmate and the group’s undoubted lead singer, provide a short but sweet tribute to his longtime musical partner, sharing a photo with the caption: “What a long great trip it’s been.” Roth’s words mirror that of the entire rock world.
As well as DLR, other Van Halen members also shared their grief. Sammy Hagar, who replaced Roth after he left the band in the eighties wrote: “Heartbroken and speechless. My love to the family.” It was a similar sentiment to Michael Anthony’s, longtime Van Halen bassist, response, “No words… Heartbroken, my love to the family.”
Gary Cherone, who took up the microphone for Van Halen for some year sin the nineties wrote: “Whether you were blessed to have known him or not, He was a kind and gentle soul… His impact on ALL our lives was immeasurable! His music, eternal! My deepest sympathies to the Van Halen family… Love you Ed.”
And, of course, Van Halen’s most recent bassist, Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie’s son, provided a touching reminder of the man behind the music: “I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning.
“He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift. My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss. I love you so much, Pop.”
What a Long Great Trip It’s Been.. pic.twitter.com/M5pmkVi7hW— David Lee Roth (@DavidLeeRoth) October 7, 2020
Heartbroken and speechless. My love to the family. pic.twitter.com/MQMueMF2XO— Sammy Hagar (@sammyhagar) October 6, 2020