The two guitar legends spend time together in this recently released 1996 video.
An amazing meeting took place on August 31, 1996. That’s when Eddie Van Halen spent the day with a guy who had followed in his footsteps playing alongside David Lee Roth—Jason Becker. Jason had been diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and was not in good shape. Van Halen came to Jason’s house to give love and support—as well as a guitar—to his friend and to film an ALS awareness promotional video. During that time, Eddie told stories, talked about his creative process, and played amazing music, instantly sounding exactly like Eddie Van Halen even when playing Jason’s guitar through a small practice amp.
This never-before-seen footage shows a side of Eddie Van Halen that goes far beyond his brilliant musicianship: a sweet, caring, generous personality, devoid of the trappings of fame or rock stardom. The video also documents the incredible strength of Jason Becker, who had been deprived of his shot at fame as well as his genius guitar skills, but still found the courage and the will to battle a debilitating disease.
“Eddie was such a beautiful person,” says Becker. “He was incredibly kind to me and my family. Not only was he my biggest influence, he had such a huge heart. He honestly saved my life.”
This video is a must-see piece of history, not just for guitarists but for everyone. It truly shows the magic of kindness, and a depth of emotion that we can all use more of.
Hello Jason, my name is Marcelo, I’m from Brazil! How are you ? I got to know your story recently, through your video with EdVanHalen, I found your website and I was fascinated with you, you have become a great inspiration for my life, and I come to thank you for that. I would be very happy to have news, and I am available to talk … a big hug for you and your beautiful family, from your new friend Marcelo
Just sending love for you as a person, and musician. Also a quick thank you for all the beautiful music you’re STILL producing, keep on keeping on.
Thanks for sharing the video of you & Eddie, two of a LONG list of guitarist I have appreciation for. It shows the love & respect people can share for music.
I can whack around on guitar a little bit, but my Vienna Sausage fingers just can’t pull off that technical style of playing, I’m just happy to be able to do what I can do.
Again, much love & respect for you.
Respectfully, David Price
Amazing. This is not just about music, this is about life and how we can affect each other and influence with true kindness. Watch and learn kids.