Kee Marcello thinks Eddie Van Halen changed how keyboards were viewed in metal music with “Jump”
Former Europe guitarist Kee Marcello was recently interviewed by Metal Mike and Van Halen enthusiast Jason Powles for the 80’s Glam Metal podcast withEddie Halen who passed away on October 6, 2020 after a long battle with cancer.
Marcello indicated as follows about Eddie Van Halen‘s influence with the hit single “Jump” which appeared on Van Halen‘s RIAA Diamond certified album 1984 (as transcribed by the 80’s Glam Metalcast podcast wit slight edits):
“When he incorporated keyboards into metal, at the time it wasn’t allowed. I remember seeing them at Monsters of Rock in Stockholm in 1984. They played “Jump” and Eddie played the synth solo instead of the guitar solo. The crowd actually started booing. That’s how sensitive keyboards were in hard rock! He changed all that. Now it’s hard to imagine hard rock bands without keyboards. I would go as far as to say that if there was no “Jump”, there wouldn’t have been a “[The] Final Countdown”. When people used to use a keyboard player in metal, they used to hide them backstage sometimes. If you were using keyboards you had to be ashamed. Eddie changed all that. Eddie was the best!”
Van Halen‘s “Jump” video:
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