For Kenny Chesney, starring the late great Eddie Van Halen was a dream come true.
The 52-year-old country music star reflected on the once-in-a-lifetime experience in a recent interview with People magazine. Chesney said he felt “so alive” right now.
“It was one of those moments that every child who dreams of rock music dreams of,” he described. “He was as alive as he is now, both Van Halen brothers [Eddie and Alex] he played as if it were their show, their fans. “
Chesney said he first heard Eddie Van Halen’s music the day after football practice. His friend David Farmer was playing it in his garage
“You never forget the first time you heard it, and that sets the bar for a lifetime,”
During a concert in Chesney in 2006, Eddie Van Halen and his 67-year-old brother Alex Van Halen performed “Jump” and “You Really Got Me.”
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“They just brought it and everyone on stage was losing their minds. The audience liked it, and so did Eddie and [his older brother] Alex … They were so generous with their time, “he added.
Eddie Van Halen died on October 6 at the age of 65 after battling throat cancer.
Honestly remembered how the band’s manager Irving Azoff told the singer Eddie Van Halen that he would call him.
“I answered and it sounds exactly as you would think, but then he gets into a conversation with you about music, life, life on the road and all that stuff,” he said. “It’s like you’ve always been friends and he knows your life and understands.”
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When Chesney learned of Eddie’s death, he posted a touching tribute on social media.
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“I am devastated by the news of the death of my friend @eddievanhalen,” Chesney wrote on Instagram. “He was a friend and a hero to anyone who ever took a guitar and dreamed.”