Heart breaking. An absolute legend.
Yes! And hopefully creating- influencing a new wave of young electric guitarist who want to rock!VH albums charting now for the first time in decades, 7600% increase in album sales, streams, per multiple sources.
I hope a chunk of those are younger or non traditional fans, seeing what the fuss is about and (hopefully) falling in love!
Personally, I'm more in the Hendrix camp in terms of indelible influence. I hear what you're saying about harmonic and technical innovation of EVH, absolutely true. But...Jimi was a true alchemist of sound, who in his 3 years on earth changed music forever. He's not as technical, but that's not the alpha/omega of music greatness. I hear something in Hendrix overall playing/style/songwriting/image/aura/ showmanship/charisma/influence that I don't see with other rock musicians. that's just me.This is Exhibit A when people tell me that Jimi was just as innovative as EVH (and don't get me wrong, I love Jimi!)
This is Eddie at 22-23 years old, just 8 years after Jimi died. Nobody was playing like that at the time. Eddie was, indeed, a genius at the level of Charlie Parker.
My response when people argue that Jimi was "just as good" or "better" is usually simply "right on, bro, rock on..." because if they can't hear it, I can't make them hear it....
But seriously, listen to I'm the One, try to put it into the context of time and place!!! Pretend you've never heard it before. Superstrats don't exist, except the one EVH is playing on this track....
I can only imagine what it must have felt like discovering them live at that point in their career... I wish I could back in time to see that in flesh.This has probably already been posted but just in case, anyone who says DLR always sucked live can eat their words after listening to this, Eddie and the whole band are killing it:
He talks about it in the Smithsonian interview at one point. Not sure if that segment it posted in the thread but it's something I never knew about until I saw the interviewWithout reading thru every page, was there any mention of the terrible discriminatory treatment inflicted by Dutch and American kids on the VH brothers? Seems like those kinds of early development situations might have had a significant effect on those kids and their motivations.