In the fall of 2007, Eddie and his band Van Halen went on tour with original lead singer David Lee Roth for the first time in over 20 years. Roth and Van Halen had parted ways after the release of the hit album 1984. Roth returned to the group to add vocals for a greatest hits album but he was not asked to stay on with the group at that time.
Eddie's rock band, Van Halen, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
Eddie has struggled with alcoholism throughout his adult life. His former wife, Valerie, urged him to enter rehab on several occasions during their marriage.
In 2006, Eddie's son Wolfgang was reported to have replaced Michael Anthony as the bassist for Van Halen. The group is still without a lead singer as of January 2007.
His son Wolfgang, a bass player and guitarist, joined Eddie on stage during some of the shows during Van Halen's 2004 concert tour. "Wolfie" played the instrumental track "316" with Eddie. That number/title was created to honor Wolfgang, as his birth date is March 16, 1991.
He named his son Wolfgang in honor of his favorite composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
His band Van Halen was voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday, January 8, 2007, along with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, R.E.M., the Ronettes and Patti Smith. The induction ceremony is scheduled for March 12, 2007, in New York. Artists are eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (located in Cleveland, Ohio) 25 years after the release of their first single or album.
Eddie has signed a deal to record two songs for the erotic movie, Sacred Sin. The songs selected are named Rise and Catherine.
He had a hip replacement in 1999.
After being separated from his wife, Valerie Bertinelli, for four years, they finally filed for divorce in December 2005.
His father, who was a clarinetist, provided the clarinet solos for the song, "Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)," on Van Halen's "Diver Down" album.
He made a guest appearance playing the guitar solo in Michael Jackson's 1980's hit song, "Beat It." Eddie did not appear in the music video, however.
His guitar solo "Eruption" on the first, self-titled, Van Halen album was one of the most influential rock guitar instrumentals of the 1970's and 1980's.
He usually tunes his guitars a half-step lower than is customary (i.e., the lowest string is E-flat).
After he was free of cancer in 2000, he began smoking again and the cancer returned.
He was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue in 1999 and had a portion of his tongue removed in 2000.
During Van Halen's early club-playing days, Eddie would play with his back to the crowd to conceal his two-handed tapping guitar technique.
He is noted for his revolutionary use of the right-hand to tap on the fretboard of his guitar. Though the technique had been used before, no one had ever used it to the extent Eddie did. He incorporated it into almost all of his soloing.
He has a son, Wolfgang William Van Halen, born March 16, 1991.
After twenty years of marriage, on July 9, 2002, Eddie and Valerie (Bertinelli) announced that they had been separated since October 2001.
He started playing the guitar at age 12.
He grew up in Pasadena, California.
Eddie has brown eyes.
Eddie also plays the drums.
He married Valerie Bertinelli in 1981.
Eddie and his brother Alex formed the band Mammoth.
He is number 70 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
In 1962, he and his family moved to Pasadena, California.
Eddie is right handed.
He is a trained classical pianist.
Eddie: (Eddie is delighted to have 2 songs included in Michael Ninn's erotic movie) Michael Ninn is like Spielberg to me -- the imagery, the way he makes things look just sensual.