Yes, he shines just like his big-haired brothers, but he’s not a flash in the pan.
His fingers did not run up and down the freightboard, they sprinted.
He got his start on piano and drums
Although Van Hollen has always been famous for his virtuoso guitar instrument, he got his start with a different instrument. Along with his older brother, Van Hollen took piano lessons at an early age. Won for three years First place
At the annual piano competition in California, which began in 1964.
After his brother. Alex switched to a guitar called Van Hollen Bought a drum kit
. But his innate talent with the guitar prompted his brother to change again.
According to Eddie van Hollen Birthday Special
Newsletter: “When Alex then started learning to play the drums, Eddie’s overcame his own abilities and the youngest of the two switched to the guitar, which he was instantly attached to – locked in his bedroom as a teenager to practice, wandering around the house and not yet unplugged with his guitar.”
The two brothers later became Van Hollen – releasing more than a dozen albums through four tumultuous decades of platinum albums, selling tours and the singer’s return door.
He never read music
Van Hollen learned everything he knew from observing other musicians.
In one Interview
, He talked about how he improves during piano readings.
“Ninety percent of the things I do on the guitar, if I learn the lessons and learn to play through the book, I’m not playing the way I do.” He once said
He was named after another legendary musician
Originally from Amsterdam, Van Hollen’s Dutch parents named him Edward Lodevijk van Hollen; It is an endorsement of the famous composer Beethoven.
Biography by Kevin Dodds Writes
: “Followed by Edward Lodeviz von Hollen on January 26, 1995 (naming the future Prodigy after his musical father Ludwig von Beethoven).”
He played an initially unrecognized character in Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’
Van Hollen’s guitar and backing vocals have made guest appearances on many other artists’ songs (including Frank Sinatra).
But his unforgettable contribution to the history of music is Michael Jackson’s 20 seconds of fiery solo. “Beat
It took half an hour to record, and he did it for free in favor of producer Quincy Jones, while the rest of his Van Hollen bandmates were out of town.
“Who’s going to know I’ve played on this kid’s record, right? No one knows.” Wrong! ” He told CNN
. “Big-time is wrong. It ended up being the Record of the Year.”
His team set a Guinness World Record
In 1983, Van Hollen performed with his band at “Heavy Metal Day” at the US Festival in San Bernardino, California. They earned 1.5 million for the 90 minute set.
At the time, the Guinness Book of World Records recognized it as the band’s highest-grossing exhibition.
In a Interview
With Guitar World in 2014, Van Hollen said:
“I remember hearing a DJ on the radio that we made a lot of money per second,” he says Guitar World
In 2014. “What he didn’t realize was that we put every penny in it into production.”
He holds several patents
The inventor of the Frankenstein (cross between Fender and Gibson guitar) holds three different patents. – All are associated with guitars.
His first Patent
For an auxiliary device that allowed the musician to perform hands-free in 1987, “allowing the player to create new techniques and sounds previously unknown to any player.”
In 1997, he got his second Patent
For “Guitar Peghead” and in 2017, his third Patent
For “string instrument with adjustable string tension control”.
He once used a power drill to make noise on the track
Musicians can get creative when they get the perfect sound.
Van Hollen went one step further: “Incorporating the sound of a power drill.”Pound cake
. “You can hear the song intro and the guitar solo.
Biography by Kevin Dodds Wrote
: “(Van Hollens) guitarist Matt Brooke uses the drill when Edward has a brain storm and observes the drill channel through pickups in a certain tone.”
His team actually banned Brown M & Ms from behind the scenes
The M & Ms story van Hollen followed throughout their career and this is actually true.
In the band’s list of requests, also known as the Contract Rider, a Clause
Banning any brown M & Ms behind the scenes. Reason: The platform’s document is looking to pay a lot of attention to the document.
“I came backstage and was one of the architects of this lighting and staging design and saw Brown M & Ms on the catering table, then I guarantee the promoter did not read Contract Rider, and we have to do a serious line check,” Said the singer
David Lee Roth.
He is officially established as one of the greatest guitarists in history
In 2007, Van Hollen Triggered
Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This year, Guitar World ranked 4th in its annual poll 100 great guitarists