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Honoring Eddie Van Halen

Posted on October 15, 2020

Announcing a special Weekly Challenge in honor of the legendary guitarist.

Last week, we lost a legend. Eddie Van Halen, iconic guitarist of the band Van Halen, passed away at the age of 65 from cancer.

Van Halen continues to be one of the most popular rock acts of all time. His sound was simply iconic: as The Atlantic put it, “He boiled strings, cut vibrato bars in half, put the head of one guitar on the body of another—and created a sound that changed rock forever.”

Reactions after his passing came swiftly. Legends from Metallica’s Kirk Hammet to Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi had nothing but praise for the late rocker.  “He was so humble and so nice. He was just genuinely a great person.”

Former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Mike Anthony also released a video last Thursday paying tribute.

When the news broke, our team acted quickly to honor him with a Weekly Challenge, writing, recording and producing two original songs that, we hope, would make Eddie proud. Eddie, this one’s for you. If you’re on mobile, click here to play it now in the app!

One for Eddie

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