Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Lita Ford: Eddie Van Halen is the Les Paul of today

We’re only a few weeks away from the October 12 release of legendary rock photographer Neil Zlozower’s second Van Halen hardcover coffee table photo book, "Eddie Van Halen.”

The Van Halen News Desk is offering up a series of quotes from the book by fellow rockers; a few weeks back, we had thoughts on EVH by AC/DC’s Angus Young (see here), and now it’s Lita Ford from The Runaways who checks in with her story.

(pictured above are The Runaways with David Lee Roth and LA dj Rodney Bingenheimer).

“In the very early days, the Runaways and Van Halen musically grew up together on the Sunset Strip. Edward was my friend. I’d go to his house after a night of partying, and we would say “Hi” to his mom, and he’d make me breakfast by opening a packet of Carnation Instant Breakfast (mix with milk and drink your breakfast, chocolate or vanilla),” writes Ford.

“He was a great inspiration to me. You know how sometimes people say things to you that you carry with you for years, and that change your life forever? I was stuck in a world where not too many people listened to girls playing guitar. I didn’t know what I was capable of doing, especially having been fresh from the Runaways, which was an uphill battle. One day Edward said to me, “Lita, you can play guitar, what’s your f**kin’ problem, just DO IT!!!” Something so simple coming out of the mouth of Edward Van Halen was like an electric charge of energy going through my brain.”

“We all know EVH is the Les Paul of today’s world,"
states Ford. "We all know Edward changed the face of rock ’n’ roll. But it’s the person that he truly is that makes him so unique. He is an inspiration to every musician, because we all wanna be him, and some of us try real hard, but the reality of it is that there is only ONE Edward Van Halen!!! PERIOD!”

Check out the full story here.

Van Van Halen

Van Halen – I’m The One
Selland Arena – Fresno, CA – September 22, 1978

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Angus Young: Eddie Van Halen is an innovator like Jimi Hendrix
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Van Halen to tour Australia in 2012?
Van Halen: Soundwave Revolution fest cancelled
Van Halen top the hennemusic Hot 10 for 2nd week
Van Halen: Ted Templeman talks about how he ended up on ‘Unchained’
Jul 31: Van Halen top the hennemusic Hot 10
Eddie Van Halen a little nervous about new album
Sammy Hagar says Chickenfoot III is best record he’s ever made
Van Halen: Sevendust drummer raves about new album
Van Halen: World Tour rumored to start in November
Van Halen producer says band is ‘on fire’ with new album
Van Halen, Bruce Springsteen named Top American Rock Bands of All Time by Gibson
Van Halen: New music update
Michael Anthony: Chickenfoot vs. Van Halen
Alter Bridge guitarist hears new Van Halen album
Eddie Van Halen interviewed by Smithsonian magazine
Van Halen mixing new album, says Slash
Eddie Van Halen photo book due in October