LOS ANGELES SINGER-SONGWRITER-GUITARIST DAVID HAERLE PENS TRIBUTE TO EDDIE VAN HALEN “EDDIE”
Following its debut on Buzzbands LA, “Eddie” is now available to stream/buy on all digital platforms and the music video can be viewed on YouTube.
“I love Van Halen,” DAVID
shares. “I was 11 years old riding in the car with my dad near our home
in Los Angeles and ‘Runnin’ With The Devil’ came thundering across the
airwaves. That sound spoke to me. The song starts off with the backwards
blare of car horns and a thumping bass line. Followed by the sound of
Eddie Van Halen’s guitar and the drums kicking in. Then comes that
distinctive lead vocal and their trademark harmony singing. It was like a
bomb went off in the rock world that February 1978. Especially for
guitar players. I started playing myself not long after that on a Fender
Stratocaster and amplifier gifted to me by my parents.
“I saw Van Halen perform live early on at what was then the LA Sports Arena. Fantastic show. Eddie with that grin! The only problem with seeing guitar playing that good is it leaves you thinking, ‘where can anyone go from here?’ Once I made peace with the fact there’s only one Eddie Van Halen, I could use his greatness as inspiration to explore my own style of creativity.
“When he died in the fall of 2020, it hit me hard. His and the band’s music had been such a big part of my life, the soundtrack to my formative years. The LA Times ran Eddie’s obituary on the front page of the print edition. Eddie deserved that. I cried like a baby reading it. My song ‘Eddie’ is a thank you to the man who performed miracles on six strings. And always with a smile.”
“Eddie” is the latest release in a series of other heartfelt and personal tracks from DAVID, including “Train Down Memory Lane,” “No More We” and “True Liberty.” His sophomore album Death Valley (May 2020) garnered praise from several acclaimed music publications including American Songwriter, Billboard, Goldmine, Glide Magazine, Elmore Magazine and Americana Highways, among others.