quote by Ritchie Blackmore

Jeff Beck is my idol .. sometimes he finds notes that I just do not have on my guitar. Frank Zappa's another one .. I loved Frank Zappa ... I do think Van Halen reinvented the guitar ... he's an excellent musician, a shrewd guitarist and as a person he's wonderful.

— Ritchie Blackmore

Astounding Van Halen quotations

If you put a Van Halen album in your record collection, it will melt all the rest of your records.

You know, most people, they want to go to Hollywood.

They want to be a star. They want to be a rock star. That thought never entered any of our minds, the Van Halen family.

When Van Halen started out, there was no path to fame.

We just played what we liked. Even today it always comes down to the simplicity of rock and roll.

People say that life is a cesspool of darkness and dispair.

Well we of Van Halen are sailing through it in a yacht!

The human mind is like Van Halen. If you just pull out one piece and keep replacing it, it just degenerates.

Van Halen can keep providing the rain and I'll keep providing the parade.

I admire Eddie Van Halen and Steve Lukather, but they might blow me away quite easily if we were to jam together.

Every once in awhile I'll call up Eddie (Van Halen) and ask, Found that fourth chord yet?

Classic Van Halen made people want to dance and f**k.

Modern Van Halen makes you want to drink milk and drive foreign cars.

If aliens came down and challenged us to a Battle of the Bands to decide the fate of Planet Earth, I would feel very confident putting early Van Halen forward as our champion.

You can never deny the immense talent, rock credibility and iconic historical contribution that Van Halen made.

In Van Halen there were moments, like in some of the ballads, I put my heart and soul into those records. Those lyrics when I sang 'em, I gave myself goosebumps.

The Alanis Morissette tour, everybody thinks that was all sitting around, lighting candles and talking intelligently about synergy and big words. That band was so gnarly. We were such scumbags. Alanis had no idea. We were like Van Halen.

The Beatles will never get back together and David Lee Roth will never again sing with Van Halen.

I'd say it ["I Can't Drive 55"] has probably been the most successful song I've ever been involved with, including any Van Halen songs.

When I was 13, I was just figuring out how to play 'Eruption,' poorly, by Eddie Van Halen.

David Lee Roth had the idea that if you covered a successful song, you were half way home. C'mon - Van Halen doing 'Dancing in the Streets'? It was stupid. I started feeling like I would rather bomb playing my own songs than be successful playing someone else's music.

My first impression of Van Halen was that David Lee Roth was a god, and that so was Eddie.

I liked a lot of the things other people liked - Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC - but if I compared it to my dad's music, there just seemed to be elements missing.

It comes back to the same old question people are always asking me: 'When are you going to do a solo record?' Well, if I did, it would probably be similar to 'Baluchitherium,' meaning it would be Van Halen music - which I write anyway - but without singing.

When I was in Van Halen I was hitting notes that were out of my range.

I never went for those registers before until Eddie pulled it out of me.

Van Halen is a work in progress.

It's hard to say this about a guy like Eddie Van Halen, one of the greatest guitar players who ever lived, but he's really limited to a style and they're locked into it.

When we were on the road, I found out that my greatest hits album went Gold.

They freaked out. Things really came to a head when we started arguing about a Van Halen greatest hits package.

When I left Van Halen, I went in the studio and made a CD called Marching to Mars with all studio musicians. I did it immediately. With the disappointment riding on my shoulders of the breakup of the band.

Punk-rock gave music back to people. For a long time, when I was very young, I went to go see arena rock bands. I was 16 and it was all I could get in to see, legally. And I saw Led Zeppelin and Ted Nugent and Van Halen and all that. Me and [Minor Threat and Fugazi vocalist] Ian MacKaye would go to these concerts, and it was fun.

What draws people to the instrument is the love for guitar players that play a certain way. I mean, even though it wasn't intentional, it was hard to avoid copying Eddie Van Halen. He was basically the *bleep* back then.

Without a doubt, Eddie Van Halen is the greatest guitar player who has ever lived.

I love players like Thurston Moore. I mean, you can put notes down on a sheet of paper, and if you practice and get your chops up, you can play like an Eddie Van Halen or a Steve Vai. But nobody can do what Thurston Moore does; he's his own guy. He talks through his instrument in a language that's all his own.

You have Extreme and Van Halen and the history that I have with other people I played with. There are some effects that will hopefully break that stereotype.

Sometimes I'll listen to a little old Van Halen, or some Beatles, Zeppelin stuff, classical music... I like a lot of different things.

Dave was great in Van Halen. No question about it. He was one of the best at being Mr. Rock Star. But it's sickening to see a guy still trying to be that with a wig on 20 years later.

The first Van Halen album makes Johnny Rotten out to be what he really was and still is: a hairdresser.

I do like Eddie Van Halen as a player. He gets it right quite often.

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