October 7, 2020, 01.39 PM

Among the group's classics are "Jump," "Panama," "Runnin' with the Devil," and the guitar solo "Eruption."

"Ed's a once- or twice-in-a-century kind of guy. There's Hendrix and there's Eddie Van Halen," friend and guitarist Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains said during Grammy weekend in January 2019. "Those two guys tilted the world on its axis."

Van Halen has sold more than 75 million albums and has more number one hits on the mainstream US rock chart than any other artist, according to the band's label.

The group's album "1984" was to be the band's high point, giving them their only number-one single "Jump".

'Didn't drink to party'

The creative tension within the band boiled over during the "1984" tour, with Eddie Van Halen and original frontman David Lee Roth falling out. Roth left the band in April 1985.

One of his gripes with the guitarist was reportedly the rocker's outside work that included providing the lead-in guitar for Michael Jackson's 1983 smash hit "Beat It."

However, Van Halen announced a reunion tour in 2007 with Roth performing with the group for the first time in 22 years.

Another tour planned in 2012 had to be canceled after Eddie Van Halen had to undergo emergency surgery.

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