Van Halen closed out their 2015 North American tour with two performances at the Hollywood Bowl, on October 2 and October 4.
At the time, no one knew that these would be Eddie Van Halen's final live performances ever, but sadly, the guitar hero succumbed to throat cancer on October 6, at the age of 65.
Though fan-shot video of segments of the October 4 show existed – particularly Eddie's electrifying, ten-minute guitar solo – their quality wasn't exactly superb. Now, however, soundboard audio – coupled with fan-shot footage from multiple angles – of the band's full October 4, 2015 show has been uploaded to YouTube by user Greg L (opens in new tab). You can check it out above.
The 21-song set was chock full of the band's biggest hits ("Hot For Teacher," "Panama" and "Jump," to name a few) and showed the band – Eddie in particular – in absolutely ferocious form.
P.S.: If you want to skip straight to Eddie's solo, that begins at 1:34:36.
Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.
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