Listen to previously unheard demo of Eddie Van Halen covering Jimi Hendrix
A new cover of Jimi Hendrix cover by the late great Eddie Van Halen has been unearthed and, as you would expect, it’s phenomenal.
Van Halen’s version of ‘If Six Was Nine’ from Axis: Bold As Love has been discovered by keyboardist David Garfield who has since remastered the cover and featured it on his brand new EP Guitar Heros OTB, Vol. 1. Garfield has enjoyed an eclectic career, one that has seen him play alongside the likes of Smokey Robinson, Larry Carlton. George Benson and more. The Guitar Heroes OTB, Vol. 1 track sees Van Halen steal the show with an exhilarating guitar performance in a band which also features singer and guitarist Michael Landau, bassist Will Lee as well as drummer Simon Phillips.
The legendary guitarist and iconic musician Van Halen passed away last month at the age of 65, his death came after a lengthy battle with throat cancer. Garfield recalled that he first crossed paths with Van Halen when they met at a cigar bar and he then took his opportunity to ask whether the Van Halen co-founder if he would be willing to contribute to a tribute he was putting together for Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro. To his surprise, the Van Halen guitarist reportedly responded with a “resounding yes” according to the keyboardist.
Garfield continued: “I went up to his house to work on the tracks with him, and he was so cool. We bonded as keyboard players, too. After that session, we played a live gig together at the Baked Potato, along with Steve Lukather and Michael Landau.
“We continued to stay in touch, and often he would call me out of the blue, asking for help with keyboard-related stuff,” he explained. “I even found a guy to travel with him on tour and play additional parts offstage, as well as be his keyboard tech. I’m sure sorry we lost him way too soon; I was hoping to collaborate with him again. Rest in peace, my brother Ed.”