Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard on Eddie Van Halen: ‘Nobody knows how to really play like him’

Gossard also said Van Halen 'changed the world'

October 7, 2020

Tributes continue to pour in for the late Eddie Van Halen as Stone Gossard spoke with RADIO.COM’s BJ & Migs on KISW in Seattle about the legacy of the legendary guitarist.

“That’s a heavy one,” Gossard said about Van Halen’s death. “Van Halen changed the world and that’s true originality right there. Nobody knows how to really play like him.”

Pearl Jam has covered Van Halen at past concerts and Gossard was not afraid to profess his love of their music.

“There’s so much joy and this sort of circus with smiles. The variety and this old school Americana throwback  at times. They’re just amazing, an incredible band,” he said.

Gossard also touched on the fact Eddie was able to bring his son Wolfgang Van Halen as part of the band. He joked that most of the time he spends “trying to get his kids to not hate him,” before offering his condolences to the Van Halen’s.

“Sending my thoughts and prayers out to Eddie’s family,” he said.

Gossard’s Pearl Jam bandmate Mike McCready also shared a tribute to Eddie on Twitter today.

“I would skip school and wait in line all day for Van Halen back in the day,” he said.

“Eddie was like Mozart for guitar. Changed everything and he played with Soul. RIP EVH.”

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