Eddie Van Halen: The Tributes


Obviously, the music community was rocked by the death of EDDIE VAN HALEN yesterday.

Here are some of the tributes:

David Lee Roth: "What a long great trip it's been."

Former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar: "Heartbroken and speechless. My love to the family."

Former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony: "No words . . . Heartbroken, my love to the family."

Valerie Bertinelli: "I'm so grateful Wolfie and I were able to hold you in your last moments. I will see you in our next life my love."

Gene Simmons: "My heart is broken. Eddie was not only a Guitar God, but a genuinely beautiful soul. Rest in peace, Eddie!"

(Gene was an early booster of Van Halen, and even helped them record a demo before they got signed.)

Nikki Sixx: "So [effing] crushed. RIP Eddie Van Halen. You changed our world. You were the Mozart of rock guitar."

Lenny Kravitz: "Heaven will be electric tonight."

Flea: "Oh man, bless his beautiful creative heart. I love you Eddie Van Halen, an LA boy, a true rocker."

Black Sabbath guitarist and cancer survivor Tony Iommi: "He fought a long and hard battle with his cancer right to the very end. Eddie was one of a very special kind of person, a really great friend."

Queen guitarist Brian May: "This wonderful man was way too young to be taken. What a talent, what a legacy, probably the most original and dazzling rock guitarist in History."

Metallica: "We considered him an inspiration, an idol, and after spending a summer together on the road in '88, a friend."

Billy Corgan: "Blessed to have known him just a little . . . sparks flew when he played."

Alice Cooper: "Feeling lost today . . ."

Tom Morello: "One of the greatest, most inventive, truly visionary musicians of all time. An unparalleled titan in the annals of rock n roll. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for every spectacular note."