AC/DC's Angus Young Recalls Weird Late-Night Call From Eddie Van Halen:

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AC/DC’s Angus Young Recalls Weird Late-Night Call From Eddie Van Halen: ‘Eddie the Fuck Who?!’

During an appearance on Talk Is Jericho, AC/DC guitarist Angus Young talked about the late Eddie Van Halen, who left us in October following a cancer battle.

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When asked, “Did you have a lot of interaction with Eddie?”, Angus replied (transcribed by UG):

Yeah, we played – we were in Europe, they did these festival shows like Monsters of Rock, and we were on and they were on.

“So we would go ahead, the two of us together, we were co-headlining, we did a lot of dates through Europe and that big festival at the time, that Donnington one.

“I remember when Brian [Johnson, vocals] just joined [in 1980], when we were not long, you know, we’ve done the album [1980's 'Back in Black'] and we’d be rehearsing in London.

“And they [Van Halen] happened to be in London and he [Eddie] called; I got a telephone call in the middle of the night.

“I was tired, went to sleep, my wife picked up the phone, and she’s talking on the phone so I’m thinking, ‘Must be somebody from home…’

“But it was Eddie on the phone, and then she passed the phone to me. She says, ‘Eddie is on the phone.’ ‘Eddie the fuck who?!’ [Laughs]

“And he’s on the phone, going, ‘Hey man, you’re really bad motherfucker!’ ‘Yeah, but it’s two in the morning…’

“Anyhow, they were gigging there, he was asking if I’d come down and I said, ‘Well if I don’t make it there, I’m sure we’ll hook up somewhere.’

“It was there, in Donnington, he’d come just before we were going on stage, and I was in there with my little school suit on and he’d come in.

“He was just all charm – full of warmth, happy to see me. At first, I was a bit shocked. I got this guy, he’s talking like, ‘You crazy motherfucker!’, he’s hugging me…

“He was always funny, and the last time he came when we were in L.A. – when we came out to do the [2008's] ‘Black Ice’ tour – he actually came down to the show.

“There he was, the same as ever – a big hug and a big smile. As a person, he was just warm and he was funny.

“And he liked Mal [Malcolm Young, guitar] because on that tour they’d go out to a couple of clubs, have a few drinks and stuff – go with Brian, hook up, have a game of darts… He loved all that stuff.”

You got two of the biggest guitar heroes of the modern era, and you guys have completely different styles. Eddie was the king of double-tapping and shredding, and you’ll stick with one note for five minutes if you can, which is another great way of playing.
“Yeah, it is a different game but, you know, for me it was always, I was always put in the place – you did what the song required. If the song said one note or 50, you know…”


EDDIE’S fingers aren’t fingers they are muscle-powered pistons that hammer guitar strings to the fretboard with the force of a rivet gun”.


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