A sad loss for the music world this Tuesday, as Eddie Van Halen, iconic rock musician and inspiring guitarist passed away at just 65 years old after a long and arduous journey with cancer.
A friend and fellow rock icon, Ozzy Osbourne is mourning the loss of such an influential soul and wrote a touching tribute to remember Eddie.
Ozzy shares touching tribute to Eddie Van Halen
The legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen passed away on Tuesday after his long battle with cancer. The 65-year-old is remembered globally for his incredible talents, and Ozzy Osbourne is one of the many to post a tribute remembering the late musician.
The former Black Sabbath frontman wrote an essay for Rolling Stone to commemorate Eddie, and shared that while the two hadn't seen each other in years, Eddie's impact was long-lasting.
"I was just looking at my phone today and I saw the news that Eddie Van Halen had died, and I went, 'Oh, my God.' I was in shock," Osbourne wrote in the publication.
"He really was a good man. It’s always a sad day when somebody like that dies. It’s like when Michael Jackson died. I didn’t believe it at first. It’s such a f-----g loss," he continued.
Osbourne then recalled when the two went on tour together in 1979. Van Halen was the opener for Black Sabbath, and Osbourne remembers how much Eddie adored being on stage.
"They were such good guys to be around," he said. "We had such fun. Every time I ever saw Eddie Van Halen, it was fun. There were some other good players, and there are some very clever ones, but it’s not just playing an instrument. You’ve got to put the emotion behind you, and Eddie had all that. He made it look so easy."
Osbourne continued on, "One thing I loved about Eddie was he always had a big grin on his face, and he looked like he was enjoying every second he was up there. Whether it was showbiz bullshit or not — I don’t think it was — he always looked like he was having the best time of his life up there."
"I could sit and watch Eddie Van Halen play guitar all day," he added. "He’s so entertaining as a guitar player. He made it look like it was not difficult. He made it look like it was a natural thing. Everybody else was trying to be Eddie Van Halen, but there is only one Eddie Van Halen. I thought he was brilliant. God only knows, what you have to do to get that good."
Eddie Van Halen may have lost his battle with cancer, but the legend and rock icon will live on.