It is a difficult day for me as I'm sure it is for many millions of musicians and fans of Van Halen. The influence that Edward Van Halen the guitarist and man had on my playing and attitude is mammoth. I don't quite know what to say about his passing. I'm a little numb. All I could do was pull out a guitar and play something, anything. I'll never have his talents or creativity or mad skills but he will always inform my approach, playing, hopes and goals and I feel that the world is a much lesser place without him. My deepest condolences to his family and friends and to the music world who today lost one of its greatest contributors ever. RIP.