Credit: Darren Balch
According to Alice Cooper, Eddie Van Halen wanted a guitar lesson from Glenn Campbell and it almost happened thanks to a round of golf.
Cooper told the story during a recent appearance on BBC’s “The Rock Show With Johnnie Walker“:
“One time Eddie Van Halen called me up and said, ‘Hey, I wanna come to Arizona and play golf,'” said Cooper. “And I went, ‘Okay, great.’ Now, Eddie, after the first game of golf, he said, ‘How’s my game?’ And I went, ‘Eddie, you are a great guitar player.’ [Laughs] And he says, ‘Yeah, but what about my game?’ I go, ‘Eddie, you’re a great songwriter.’ The real reason he came in, he says, ‘Okay, let me tell you the real reason I wanted to come in. I need for you to get me a guitar lesson with Glen Campbell.’ Glen Campbell was such a great guitarist that other guitar players could hear what he was doing and go, ‘Oh my gosh, this guy’s amazing.’ So Glen Campbell was going to give Eddie Van Halen a guitar lesson.
Asked if the guitar lesson ever happened, Cooper replied: “Oh yeah. He came over to the house. Glen lived pretty close to me, and they sat down, and he said, ‘Eddie, sit down. There’s a guitar right over there.'”