I've always thought Eddie Van Halen was a perfect storm. His totally unique take on lead playing goes without saying. His great rhythm playing, too. But he was also an amazing riff-writer. And music writer, in general. there were plenty of shreddy peers. But they were all lacking one or more of these components, which put him above the pack. But there was another thing about Eddie that was much more intangible. Charisma. I don't think I've ever seen anyone that made me believe in the undefinable 'it' factor of being a star that some people are just born with. The dude looked *so* cool. From his over the top energy, to his confident strut and the way he moved while playing, to the paint scheme of his guitars and attire, and just the general smiling vibe he gave off that emanated pure joy from his playing. Whenever I was a kid and there were a million shredder guitar players, none made me want to be them as much as Eddie. But it was just impossible to be that cool. So my question is, where did he get all those evh stage moves and stuff? Dlr was so obviously influenced by Jim dandy. And evh had influences on guitar. So what about his stage stuff? Has he ever mentioned? It sure wasn't Eric Clapton.