Man plays Van Halen's Eruption without actually learning it


Van Halen's Eruption is perhaps the most famous solo guitar instrumental ever committed to tape. Eddie Van Halen's finger-tapping, whammy-barring wonder has been covered by ambitious guitarists since its release in 1977.

But never like this.  

YouTuber Kmac21 - perhaps most famous for his excellent When You Love The Beatles But Also Death Metal film – has released a version of Eruption that differs significantly from any previously recorded. 

Whereas other axeman have spent interminable hours of practice finely honing their versions, drilling each swoop and slide and siren into machine-tooled precision, Kmac21 seems to have not bothered learning the song at all. 

And yet the results are spectacular. 

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.