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Celebrity Guitar Auction Raises $100K for Dio Cancer Fund

Earlier this month over 80 guitars from rockers like Eddie Van Halen and Slash were auctioned off to raise money for cancer reseach. The Dio Cancer Fund -- a charity that honors the late Ronnie James Dio -- added $100K to an already impressive total to give to the TJ Martell Foundation. Since 2010 wife Wendy Dio has overseen the donation of over $300K.

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New Eddie Van Halen Interview Celebrates 30th Anniversary of ‘Beat It’ Guitar Solo

Eddie Van Halen didn't even get a mention on Michael Jackson's mega-smash album 'Thriller,' which celebrated its 30-year anniversary on November 30, despite having a heavy hand in the success of the third radio single. The guitarist says he did the solo on 'Beat It' for free -- and even wound up re-arranging the song while Jackson was out of the room.

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AC/DC’s ‘Back in Black’ Named Top Riff of the 1980s [AWESOME '80S WEEKEND]

In news that should surprise no one, the thunderous opening to AC/DC's 'Back in Black' was named as the top riff of the 1980s. The list was conducted by Gibson guitars, who, coincidentally, manufacture Angus Young's trademark SG.

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Eddie Van Halen, Happy and Healthy – Pic of the Week

Legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen had a serious health scare recently, forcing Van Halen to cancel all of their scheduled shows until next year. But the musician showed up to watch his son Wolfgang play bass at a Tremonti gig in Kansas City Wednesday night (Oct. 3), looking healthy and relaxed.

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Eddie Van Halen Spent Three Weeks in the Hospital

According to a new report, Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen spent three weeks in the hospital following his recent emergency surgery for diverticulitis, and will now need four to six months at home to recover from the procedure.

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Eddie Van Halen Undergoes Emergency Surgery

Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen is reportedly doing well after undergoing emergency surgery for diverticulitis. According to the band’s official Facebook page, the guitar great was suffering from a severe bout of the condition and underwent surgery to alleviate the pain.

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Did a Bad Hot Dog Inspire Eddie Van Halen to Write ‘Jump’? [AWESOME '80S WEEKEND]

Getting Eddie Van Halen to talk about the inspiration behind any of his songwriting efforts is rather difficult, in part because he refuses to take much credit for his work. “I’ve said plenty of times, I can’t claim to ever have really written anything. Because I don’t really feel like I’m responsible, it comes through me.”

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The Story Behind Eddie Van Halen’s Public School Guitar Donation Revealed

Back in January, Eddie Van Halen donated 75 guitars from his collection to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation for use in Los Angeles public schools. In a new interview, Felice Mancini, the foundation’s executive director, explains how the transfer took place.

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Gene Simmons Rejected Eddie Van Halen’s Bid to Join Kiss

Gene Simmons is just full of surprises. In a recent interview on Motley Crue member Nikki Sixx‘s radio show, he revealed how one of the greatest guitarists of our generation, Eddie Van Halen, wanted to join Kiss after Ace Frehley left — and how Simmons himself turned him down.

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Eddie Van Halen Blames His Dad For Drinking Problem

Sometimes, father doesn't know best. Wonderwall reports that Rock  Guitar Virtuoso  Edward Van Halen says his dad is partially to blame for his addiction to booze and cigarettes. 

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