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Tim O Neill
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His music was part of the soundtrack to my youth - their first albums were FM
staples in Philadelphia. I remember the impact on me and fellow students
when 1984 was released. I know "Jump" was the big hit, but I loved "Panama"
and "I'll Wait." And that led to hunting down the previous albums, which are
even better.

He is of course know for his legendary shredding, but his overall knack for
melodies is what I appreciated.

I think one of my favorites is underrated - their cover of "Dancing in the
Street" has synthesizer work that rivals The Who.

I had no problem with Hagar being in the band - it became different, but they
grew into a new identity. "Finish What Ya Started" is my favorite from that era.


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Eddie looked so young and immortal in those Van Halen videos back in the day (and maybe a little high in JUMP, the best one of all!) The lyrics weren't deep but the songs oozed fun and danger and surprising occasional musical complexity, plus an unmatched straight ahead guitar rock virtuosity. He will be missed!
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My all-time favorite band. A while back, I decided to put to rest my own personal battle of Dave vs. Sammy and my boycott of Van Halen III and decided that as long as Eddie was in the band. I'd embrace it all (still prefer DLR as the frontman).

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1984 was the first album of theirs (technically, it was a cassette) I got...even
though I had been familiar with their music. I never saw the original line-up live,
but I did see the Hagar line up live, and it was fantastic. Love both iterations of
the band. I knew he had battled cancer, but wasn't aware it had returned, yet
alone caused brain mets. Sad loss of a great talent.
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Definitely changed the way the game was played.
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Tim O Neill
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Spent the week revisiting the band's work - what a catalogue. Some really
amazing live stuff online. Seeing him live is to see a virtuoso guitar player. And
of course that smile - how great is it to see him enjoying what he was doing?

I've really liked the story of his contribution to Michael Jackson's "Beat It" - I
knew he did it, but I didn't know that he rearranged the song to make it work.

My favorite Van Halen throw away is his contribution to BACK TO THE FUTURE
- he plays the guitar that George McFly thinks is melting his brain. Per Bob
Gale and Neil Canton's audio commentary, that's Eddie Van Halen really
playing. Because the band didn't agree to participate, the cassette has his full
name. Eddie had recorded the soundtrack to a Art Linson and Cameron
Crowe's movie THE WILD LIFE at Universal, so they swiped the riff from those
solo sessions:








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Big fan. RIP. 
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