Singer and songwriter Keith Urban has shared a heartfelt letter. The letter honors Eddie Van Halen in the wake of the guitar player’s death.
The “Blue Ain’t Your Color” singer posted the letter to his Twitter account. Along with a photo of Van Halen, Urban tweeted: “Just heard the news of Eddie Van Halen’s passing… this hit me hard.”
“There are lots of great guitar players in the world, but very VERY few true innovators,” Urban wrote. “Players who seem to have arrived from a far distant planet, and who bring a completely new color to the rainbow. Eddie Van Halen was this and so much more. Even without the finger tapping, you had a player with extraordinary touch, tone, and a rhythmic pocket and bounce that floated like Ali in the ring.
“He was a master of complex solos that spoke to non musicians… THAT IS HARD TO DO. The reason was the exquisite melody in his heart, and the joy in his soul of playing FOR people – and it came through like a ray of sun we ALL felt. I say a prayer today for his family and friends. – and from players like me, all over the world who never got to meet him, I say THANK YOU EDDIE. WE LOVE YOU !!!!!!!”
Van Halen died at age 65 after a long battle with throat cancer. He became known for his fiery solos and guitar riffs. He was also famous for tapping on the guitar strings with both hands, Reuters reported.
According to People magazine, Van Halen died at a hospital in the Los Angeles area. His wife and other family members were by his side.