Country singer Brad Paisley paid tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen in a series of Instagram posts. Van Halen passed away on Oct. 6, following a battle with throat cancer.
Van Halen was one of the founding members of the namesake band Van Halen. Eddie Van Halen became famous for his lengthy guitar solos and skills behind the frets. According to Paisley, Van Halen was one of his idols.
“I loved everything about the fire and style he brought to the guitar,” Paisley wrote. “I studied him, heck everybody did, we all wanted to play just like him. But no one did it quite like him. Thank you Eddie for being a pioneer. It’s unimaginable what the guitar would be without you.”
Brad Paisley posted a tribute performance to Instagram.
In tribute, Paisley also shared a rendition of the band’s “Hot for Teacher” on Instagram. In the performance, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Gun N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and actor Will Ferrell joined Paisley on stage. Ferrell was dressed like the band Van Halen’s original singer, David Lee Roth.
The song “Hot for Teacher” was featured on the band’s 1984 album. This was the final album before Roth departed the band for a solo career, and the band replaced him with Sammy Hagar. Roth reunited with the band in 2006 and produced two more albums before Eddie Van Halen’s death.
In the clip, Paisley shreds on an electric guitar with flutter picking and finger tapping. The performance revealed a new side to the country singer.
Eddie Van Halen passed away on Oct. 6.
Van Halen’s condition deteriorated in the days leading up to his death. He passed away at St. Johns’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California with his wife Janie by his side.