Guitarist Tom Morello has just released a new EP which includes a song dedicated to Eddie Van Halen.
Below is the 68-second EVH tribute track titled “Secretariat” from Morello’s five-track release “Comandante” which is available now:
Morello spoke of Eddie’s legacy on the day of his passing to Rolling Stone:
Eddie Van Halen was one of the greatest, most inventive, truly visionary musicians of all time. He was an unparalleled titan in the annals of rock & roll. And on the Mount Rushmore of guitarists, he is neck-and-neck for the pole position.
The way that he reimagined the instrument was a testament to divine inspiration: taking this kind of this cobbled-together, garage-built guitar and turning it into this divining rod of awesome rock & roll power. He was truly inspirational to generations of guitarists. I put myself on the list of people who not only [had] a deepened enjoyment of the genre because of his outstanding unsurpassed musicianship; it was also the way that he destroyed the notion that it had all been done before on the electric guitar. That certainly planted the seed for youngsters like me to begin exploring possibilities on the instrument that were undreamt of before Eddie Van Halen.
Read the rest of Morello’s tribute HERE.