Jimmy Barnes claims he was once asked to join Van Halen – as he pays tribute to legendary guitarist Eddie after he died of throat cancer aged 65
- Eddie Van Halen died at the age of 65 in Santa Monica, California, on Tuesday with his wife, son and brother by his side
- The co-founder of ’80s heavy metal band Van Halen had been battling throat cancer and had been sick for over a decade
- The cancer had travelled to his brain and other organs and he had a sudden decline, according to reports
- Rolling Stone put Eddie Van Halen at No. 8 in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists
Scottish-Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes has paid tribute to Eddie Van Halen, who lost his battle with throat cancer at the age of 65 on Tuesday.
The Cold Chisel star, 64, tweeted a picture of the virtuoso guitarist performing on stage, and also revealed that he’d once been asked to join his band, Van Halen.
‘It’s an honour to have been asked to play with such a legendary rock band,’ Jimmy wrote in part of the post.
Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes (pictured) revealed on Wednesday that he was once asked to join Van Halen as he paid tribute to legendary guitarist Eddie after he died of throat cancer at age 65
‘I was lucky enough to meet Eddie in the mid ’80s when he asked me if I was interested in joining Van Halen,’ he said.
‘I’d just started my solo career so the timing wasn’t right but still to this day, it’s an honour to have been asked to play with such a legendary rock band. RIP Eddie.’
Jimmy previously wrote in his 2017 memoir, Working Class Man, that after releasing his second solo album of the same name in 1985, he was approached by Van Halen.
‘RIP Eddie’: Cold Chisel star Jimmy, 64, tweeted a picture of the legendary guitarist performing on stage when he revealed that he was once asked to join his band
Rocker: Jimmy is a member of rock band Cold Chisel and is pictured in the group second left
‘During that period I was asked to join Deep Purple, Van Halen and Little Feat, all within a few months; I was the flavour of the month,’ Jimmy wrote.
‘I told him I didn’t really want to join another band, I was just starting my solo career and I’d like it see that through. But I was really flattered; I really like Van Halen.’
Eddie Van Halen died at the age of 65 on Tuesday. The guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen had been battling throat cancer for over a decade.
He passed away at at St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica, California, with his wife Janie, his son Wolfgang and brother and drummer Alex by his side.
‘I can’t believe I’m having to write this but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning,’ Wolfgang tweeted.
‘He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift… My heart is broken and I don’t think I will ever fully recover from this loss.’
Tragic: Rockstar Eddie Van Halen died at the age of 65 on Tuesday. The guitarist and co-founder of the Eighties band Van Halen had been battling throat cancer for over a decade Pictured performing in Florida on October 15, 2015
Eddie, who never learned to read music despite his virtuosity on the guitar, had a sudden decline in health in the past ’72 hours’, according to TMZ.
His throat cancer had reportedly gone to his brain as well as other parts of his body. The website added that he had been ‘in and out of the hospital over the past year’.
He was considered one of rock music’s greatest guitar players.
Van Halen was formed in 1972 by brothers Eddie and Alex, along with Michael Anthony on bass and David Lee Roth on vocals. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
The legendary axeman also contributed an unforgettable guitar solo the Michael Jackson’s hit single Beat It.
Van Halen is among the top 20 best-selling artists of all time, and Rolling Stone put Eddie at No. 8 in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists.
Legendary: Van Halen is considered one of rock music’s greatest guitar players and Eddie was a founding member of the hugely successful rock band named after him and his drummer brother. Pictured in 1979