Hard to believe, but the metal-axe wiz turns 54 today, and he’s still rocking it. He was a teenager when Van Halen formed in 1972, six years before their self-titled debut album. I actually saw them at The Palladium when they toured behind the album. It was an unlikely pairing of Van Halen with Fotomaker — a short-lived band made up largely of former Rascals and Raspberries members — and Irish-Celtic rockers Horslips. (Don’t ask). We all bought the Van Halen record the next day.
But here we are all these years later and Eddie and brother Alex are still doing it. They recently reunited with singer David Lee Roth and Eddie’s kid, Wolfgang, replacing Michael Anthony on bass. And despite the ups and downs of his own personal life, Eddie is still on top of his game. So, happy birthday, Eddie V.