It doesn’t matter if you are a famous and successful person in your field, there is always new things to learn and according to Alice Cooper, the late legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen knew that. According to the singer, the Dutch-American player wanted to have guitar lessons with the influential Glen Campbell.
Cooper told that in an interview with BBC (Transcribed by Blabbermouth) when he recalled that Campbell used to play golf with him.
Alice Cooper says Van Halen wanted guitar lesson from Glen Campbell
“Yeah, Glen was great. I mean, Glen was truly… Um, he was really one of those guys that was probably the best short game, amateur short game I’d ever seen in my life. At 60 yards in, he was as good as any pro.”
“One time Eddie Van Halen called me up and said, ‘Hey, I wanna come to Arizona and play golf.’ And I went, ‘Okay, great.’ Now, Eddie, after the first game of golf, he said, ‘How’s my game?’ And I went, ‘Eddie, you are a great guitar player.’ [Laughs] And he says, ‘Yeah, but what about my game?’ I go, ‘Eddie, you’re a great songwriter.'”
“The real reason he came in, he says, ‘Okay, let me tell you the real reason I wanted to come in. I need for you to get me a guitar lesson with Glen Campbell.’ Glen Campbell was such a great guitarist that other guitar players could hear what he was doing and go, ‘Oh my gosh, this guy’s amazing.’ So Glen Campbell was going to give Eddie Van Halen a guitar lesson. He came over to the house. Glen lived pretty close to me, and they sat down, and he said, ‘Eddie, sit down. There’s a guitar right over there,'” Alice Cooper said.
Besides his solo work,.Campbell was also known for working with groups like The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, The Monkees, Doris Day and many more. He passed away in 2017 at the age of 81, three years before Eddie Van Halen who died at the age of 65 in 2020.