Friday, July 10, 2015

VIDEO: Eddie Van Halen classic featured in Minions movie

Eddie Van Halen’s classic solo, “Eruption”, is featured in the new animated film, “Minions.”

One of the characters – Stuart – is handed a guitar and told it is a “super mega ukulele.” He plays a few notes before launching into Van Halen’s groundbreaking solo and driving the crowd wild.

“Eruption” is one of several classic rock tracks featured in the film, alongside tunes by The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks and Donovan, among others.

“Minions” opens in theaters this weekend.

“Eruption” introduced Van Halen – the guitarist and the band – to the world in 1978 as the lead-in to the first single from their self-titled debut: a cover of The Kinks' “You Really Got Me.”

Eddie’s tone, speed and use of two-handed tapping techniques on the track were game-changers, influencing guitarists from the day it was released.

The band’s cover of "You Really Got Me" was a US Top 40 hit, while the debut album reached number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on its way to sales of more than 10 million copies in the States alone.

Van Halen recently launched a North American tour in support of their latest release, “Tokyo Dome Live In Concert.”

The group performed a mix rarities and classics – including a pair of live debuts – on opening night in Seattle on July 5.

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