Eddie Van Halen on stage at the CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 2012. © Devin Simmons / AdMedia ./Retna Ltd./Corbis

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Since Van Halen released the widely praised A Different Kind Of Truth last February, that group’s legendary guitarist, Eddie Van Halen, has been strangely silent, leaving all interviews up to singer David Lee Roth – who has done a small handful.

In the May issue of Esquire magazine, however, Eddie opens up for a piece called Edward Van Halen Is Alive, in which the guitarist talks about his struggles with alcoholism, his relationship with David Lee Roth, what it’s like to make music with his son Wolfgang and how he hot-rodded his own amp.

Here are some highlights from the interview: [read]


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