Eddie Van Halen Taught Yngwie Malmsteen The Art Of Not Giving A Flying F**k

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Swedish guitar master Yngwie Malmsteen paid his tribute to the late guitar legend, Eddie Van Halen, for showing him the craft of not giving a flying f*ck. 

In the recent interview with Guitar World, Malmsteen remembers listening to Van Halen’s self-titled debut album for the first time in 1978 and he was “so fucking blown away” by Eddie’s energy, method, and character. 

“In 1978 I was playing in a band called Powerhouse,” the Malmsteen told journalist Richard Bienstock, “and one day the drummer came in and he brought Van Halen. And I was like, ‘What is this? Another band? Whatever.’ But he put it on and I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I was so fucking blown away.”

“What really knocked me out was the energy and the ‘don’t give a fuck’ attitude that the whole band had. They were essentially a power trio and they were playing live. They made me so inspired because I had a power trio, too.”

Over and above, Malmsteen recollects the feeling of freedom and independent attitude he heard in Van Halen’s music.

Listen to Van Halen’s Runnin’ With The Devil below: