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Eddie Van Halen’s 7 best guitar solos from ‘Eruption’ to ‘Running With the Devil’

A guitar solo from Eddie Van Halen was indeed an eruption. The legendary Van Halen guitarist, who died Tuesday after a long battle with throat cancer at age 65, will forever live on through solos like “Eruption” and his raging riffs in songs like “Jump” and “Panama” amongst many others. (And don’t forget that’s him on Michael Jackson’s iconic “Beat It.”)
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Before I Knew the Name Eddie Van Halen I Knew the 'Eruption' Solo

When I was in eighth or ninth grade, there was a young guitar virtuoso in my school who could play the "Eruption" solo. I didn't know anything about this song, not even its original author, but I knew that this was the peak of guitar performance. The kid, Steele Kempton (who still makes music), ripped through it at a talent show, bringing down the house. (At least that's the way I've mythologized the scenario.) It wasn't until a few years later—when streaming made it easy—that I actually heard Eddie Van Halen play it. That's when I finally understood exactly why this was the pinnacle of guitar solos.
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The Eruption of Eddie Van Halen

It only took Eddie Van Halen 102 seconds to change the face, sound, and scope of rock guitar forever. The first time any of us dropped the needle on “Eruption,” the onomatopoeic 1:42 instrumental that served as the literally explosive second track on Van Halen’s self-titled February 1978 debut album, we knew instantly that rock & roll had turned yet another corner. During the pop-music malaise of the late-1970s, wherein the razor-edge ethos of punk and seemingly endless days/nights of disco had already upset the bloated rock applecart, Eddie Van Halen shifted the narrative back to the value of the virtuoso musician in ways not seen in almost a decade.
The Conversation

Grímsvötn: Iceland’s most active volcano may be about to erupt

The ice-covered Grímsvötn volcano on Iceland produced an unusually large and powerful eruption in 2011, sending ash 20km into the atmosphere, causing the cancellation of about 900 passenger flights. In comparison, the much smaller 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull led to the cancellation of about 100,000 flights. Understandably, any mention of...
USA Today

Volcanic eruption turned man's brain into glass, 'froze' brain cells 2,000 years ago, scientists find

A team of Italian researchers has found intact brain cells of a young man who died almost 2,000 years ago during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The man was believed to be about 20 years old when he was killed in the volcanic eruption in AD 79. His body was found in the 1960s in Herculaneum lying face-down on a wooden bed, buried in volcanic ash with his skull cracked and charred.

Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Releases Cover of Eddie Van Halen’s “Eruption”

It’s hard to do very much right now other than think about the fact that Eddie Van Halen is gone, and much too soon. He’s on a very elite list of people who influenced ALL of metal and hard rock FOREVER, whether younger/future musicians even realize it or not. If you love metal… if you play metal… you owe Eddie Van Halen a huge debt.
Discover Mag

Whaleback Rises at a Russian Volcano

Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news. Shiveluch on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula is one of the most active volcanoes on the planet. Usually its eruptions are dramatic explosions, but over the last few weeks, it has started erupting ... a thing. It looks like an alien structure rising out of the ground, but a what we call a whaleback is a special kind of lava dome made by a volcanic eruption.

Vesuvius victims baked slowly as they died

The A.D. 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius, destroyer of Pompeii, also decimated the neighboring seaside town of Herculaneum. There, scores of people died more slowly than once thought, according to a new study.

How to Escape From an Erupting Volcano

If you had been in Pompeii in 79 AD, you might have tried to hunker down or escape by sea. This would be a mistake. But there is a way to safety. Let’s say you were visiting the Roman town of Pompeii on the morning of August 24, 79 AD. And let’s say you arrived sometime between the hours of 9 and 10 am. That should give you enough time to explore the port town and maybe even grab a.

Ecuador: Volcanic eruption - DREF Operation MDREC016

In the early hours of 20 September 2020, the Sangay volcano, located in the central Ecuadorian province of Morona Santiago, registered a significant increase in its level of eruptive activity (NationalGeophysical Institute; Special Report no. 4- 2020). Seismic records indicated the occurrence of explosions and ash emissions much more energetic...
Ars Technica

New data on a volcanic eruption that scattered ash across Maya lands

Maya civilization was blossoming into its golden age when a volcano erupted at the southern edge of the Maya region, in what is now El Salvador. Tens of meters of ash and debris buried the densely populated, fertile farming valleys around the Ilopango caldera. Aerosols blasted into the stratosphere by the eruption settled as far away as Greenland and Antarctica. While the wider Maya civilization was mostly unaffected, it took a century and a half for life to resume in the shadow of Ilopango.