LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17: Musician Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen performs onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The first time I heard the instrumental titled “Eruption,” I looked at my friend and asked if the record player was at the wrong speed. Nobody I’ve ever heard played that fast and all over the guitar fretboard. After a long study of the song introduced the song, “You Really Got Me,” I found a new guitar god.

Van Halen’s first single started as a warm-up exercise Eddie used. The band’s producer, Ted Templeman, thought it would make a great addition to the album, so they included it. Eddie Van Halen insisted there is a mistake in this song near the beginning. “Whenever I hear it, I always think, Man, I could’ve played it better,” he has said. “Eruption” upped the game for every guitar player. The technique of tapping the fingerboard had been around for a while. He never invented it, just perfected it. Eddie brought finger tapping into rock ‘n’ roll’s arena. To this day, it is the best two minutes of rock history.

Eddie’s son Wolfgang sits on a massive collection of tapes from the 5150 home recording studio that still haven’t been gone through after his father’s passing. Wolfgang says when the right time comes around and he has the time they will go over 1,000’s tapes from the vault. I wonder if any will see the light of day. Not for a Van Halen extra but just a collection of Eddie’s fantastic playing.

Eddie Van Halen Never Wanted to Record Eruption

As far as the guitar community is concerned, the entire world shifted on a dime the first time you heard "Eruption." After years of people learning licks from the likes of Jimmy Page or Tony Iommi, Eddie Van Halen turned himself into a bonafide superstar within just 2 minutes, showcasing his classic tapping licks and making an entire guitar solo into one long musical hook.

Born in Mt Clemens, Screamin has been rockin' the Riff airwaves for 25 years. When he's not out rockin' the streets, you can find him in his rock room, where he collects jukeboxes and classic pinball machines. Screamin also has his very own Rock cover band called " Chit" playing all over the Metro Detroit Music scene