As the news circulated around the "Rock World" that Eddie Van Halen, the guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen, had passed away at the age of 65 after a long battle with throat cancer, The "Country World" began to react as well.
It's easy to forget we here in Country music have a few artists that are pretty amazing guitarists, and were influenced by Eddie's music.
Brad Paisley posted a picture of Eddie on his instagram saying, in part "I am so sad to hear we lost @eddievanhalen today. I loved everything about the fire and style he brought to the guitar. I studied him, heck everybody did, we all wanted to play just like him."
Paisley went on to post a clip of himself on stage with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Guns 'N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and actor Will Ferrell, dressed up like David Lee Roth, for a short performance of "Hot for Teacher" from Van Halen's 1984 album. He said "Eddie, your influence will live on forever."
Another country axe slinger, Keith Urban also took to social media to tribute. He praised Eddie's originality, saying the news of his death "hit me hard."
Kenny Chesney called Eddie a friend and a hero adding, "Rest In Peace to the best guitar player that ever lived. We will miss you Eddie Van Halen. Your music will live forever!!"
Jay Demarcus from Rascal Flatts said, "Another legend taken away from us.... This is absolutely heartbreaking."
Country artists get their influence from a lot of places and when one is taken away it's just painful. Rest In Peace Eddie Van Halen.