Eddie Van Halen has inspired countless guitarists. That much we know. But soccer players too?
Comedian Tig Notaro’s recent animated HBO stand-up special “Tig Notaro: Drawn” includes Notaro’s story about her childhood crush – Eddie Van Halen. In her imaginary world, Eddie would often check in with Notaro to not only see how she was doing but to provide some encouragement whenever she was playing soccer. That’s right. Soccer. You can watch the entire sketch in the video above.
Contributing to the animated sketch is guitarist Joshua Jones. The Van Halen News Desk ran a feature article on Jones back in October of 2019. The man has some serious skills, which is why “Tig Notaro: Drawn” director Greg Franklin reached out to Jones, asking him to perform the scorching EVH-like guitar licks in the clip.
“It was so fun to be a part of that project,” Jones told the VHND. “I got a message from Greg Franklin asking if I’d be willing to put my skills down for an HBO animated stand-up. I was already down before he told me it had anything to do with Ed, but obviously once he mentioned that it would be about Ed, I said ‘Hell yeah, I’m in!'”
“It all took less than an hour and a half to get done,” added Jones. “The guys were a pleasure to work with. We did the work over a Zoom call. It was my first time having to play things that ‘sound like’ another thing but aren’t exactly it, because of copyright and legalities etc. so that was interesting. But to be honest, yeah, there wasn’t much more to it. I just played a bunch of stuff and Greg’s badass team did the rest.”
Here a few more videos featuring Jones in EVH-mode:
Joshua Jones “Nobody Swings Like The King! (Van Halen – I’m The One Playthrough)”
Joshua Jones “Van Halen Jam”
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