Edward “Eddie” Van Halen (born January 26, 1955) is an American rock and roll musician and music producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the legendary band of his namesake: Van Halen. In the 1980s, Van Halen revolutionized the genre and lead the way as one of the most successful musical acts of their time. Their success was monumental, and Eddie was at the center of it all. For many guitar enthusiasts, Eddie is considered one of, if not the best guitarists of all time. His legendarily intense (and sweaty) solos featured in songs like ‘Eruption’ and ‘Everybody Wants Some’ remain as some of the most complicated and sophisticated pieces of guitar playing ever produced. Eddie pioneered a wide variety of techniques popular among guitarist today. He is credited for popularizing the “tapping” technique, in which the player taps the neck of the guitar with both hands. Eddie’s popularity was undeniable as he influenced an entire generation of guitarists to pick up the axe. In other words, the history of hard rock can be divided into two eras: Before Eddie Van Halen, and After.