Alex Van Halen paid tribute to his recently deceased brother Eddie Van Halen on his own 68th birthday.
“First birthday without you, Ed,” the founding Van Halen drummer wrote in a statement posted on VHND.com. “The view from my drum set will never be the same. VH forever! #vanhalenforever.”
This is the second public statement Alex has made about his brother Eddie, who passed away in October 2020 after a long battle with cancer. Two days after Eddie’s death, Van Halen had posted a brief message saying, “Hey Ed, love you. See you on the other side.”
The Van Halen brothers founded Van Halen in 1974 alongside singer David Lee Roth and bassist Michael Anthony. Eddie and Alex were the only two members who never left the group.
Roth was replaced by Sammy Hagar in 1985 and then by Gary Cherone in 1996 before rejoining the band in 2007. Anthony was replaced by Eddie’s son Wolfgang Van Halen on bass in 2006.
Meanwhile, Wolfgang, who is set to release his debut solo album Mammoth WVH next month, paid his own birthday tribute to his uncle Alex.
“Happy Birthday to my badass uncle Al. Love you!” he tweeted along with a picture of them performing onstage.
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