Groundbreaking guitarist Eddie Van Halen died earlier today from cancer. Nikki Sixx from Mötley Crüe called him the Mozart of rock guitar, which is pretty spot on. I’ve selected two videos to spotlight how enormously gifted he was. The first is his INSANE guitar solo in Eruption from a concert 35 years ago. The second is Jump which showcases not only his prowess with the guitar, but also the keyboard. To say he will be missed doesn’t even come close.

I’m not a rock star. Sure I am, to a certain extent because of the situation, but when kids ask me how it feels to be a rock star, I say leave me alone, I’m not a rock star. I’m not in it for the fame, I’m in it because I like to play.